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"BOB" 2007 Obituary


BOBECHKO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-01-10 published
BOBECHKO, Doctor Walter P.
Born August 22nd, 1932 in Toronto, passed away in Dallas, Texas on January 6th, 2007 surrounded by his family. son of the late Peter and Leda BOBECHKO, survived by brother Peter (Louise.) He is also survived by his loving and dedicated wife Mary and their children: Kevin (Lisa), Karen (Gavin), Janet (Andrew), Ardys (David), and Debra (Nicholas) and 10 beloved grandchildren. Wally was educated at Parkdale Collegiate and graduated from the University of Toronto in Medicine in 1957. He continued his training in Toronto and the Mayo Clinic and became an orthopaedic surgeon in 1963. He furthered his education with a McLaughlin traveling fellowship in Scandinavia, U.S.S.R. and Europe. Wally practiced at the Hospital for Sick Children until 1986, and was Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery in the 10 years leading up to his departure. In 1987 he moved his surgical practice to Dallas, where he continued to practice at Medical City Dallas until April 2006. During his almost 50 years as a physician Wally treated close to 100,000 patients, primarily children, in over 20 countries worldwide. He also helped to train hundreds of surgeons around the globe. As well as being a gifted surgeon, he was an innovator and inventor of surgical devices. Wally had boundless non-medical interests and was a master fixer of broken things. He valiantly fought his illness with his usual strong determination to the end. Friends will be received at the Jerrett Funeral Home, 6191 Yonge Street, North York (2 lights south of Steeles), 416-223-6050. Visitation will be on Thursday, January 11, from 6-9 p.m. and Friday, January 12 from 1-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be on Saturday, January 13, 2007 at the Jerrett Funeral Home starting at 10 a.m., immediately followed by interment at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation (1-800-461-3639) in the name of Doctor Walter BOBECHKO, would be appreciated. All donations will be directed towards pediatric orthopaedic research.

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