Dear MacOrtho community, colleagues, current and past residents and students, and friends of my father:
My family and I would like to thank you all for taking the time to post such wonderful, heartfelt thoughts and memories about my father. Many of them made us both laugh and cry - it is clear from your postings that he was well-loved and respected by both his students and colleagues. At home, my dad often spoke proudly of his residents and students, and it was clear that he took immense pleasure and pride in teaching others. He would have been truly honoured to know that his efforts were so appreciated by you.
My brother and I grew up always seeing our dad rush off to the O.R. (in a jacket and tie, of course!) but we never really got to see him in his element - thank you for sharing this side of him through your eyes. Though work was not without its challenges (for example, taking time away from his other passion in life - building things!) my dad was a surgeon at heart, and he loved working on bones - taking care to make them work as perfectly as possible. He didn't cut corners (not at anything!) and my brother, mom and I are so proud to know that he not only excelled at his work, but made efforts to treat others with respect and dignity at all times. In our own careers (my brother is in medical school and I am an almost-clinical psychologist), we will try our best to emulate this example, and to make him proud.
In putting together the obituary and photos for the visitations, my family and I realized how difficult it is to sum up a life as rich as my dad's. Though quiet when you first met him, his love for life snuck up on you - he was forever busy building, designing, cooking, travelling, or fixing. Sixty years is far too short, but he died knowing that they were full. Though his absence has left a hole in our hearts, my family and I truly appreciate all of the words of support, shared memories, and hugs from my dad's network of colleagues, students, and friends. Thank you for honouring my dad with the love and grace that you have.