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"RIJ" 2007 Obituary


RIJN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-09-15 published
GOW, " Andrew" Duncan (1951-2007)
Duncan passed away peacefully on September 14, 2007 at Saint Mary's of the Lake Hospital after over one and a half year battle with brain cancer. Duncan will be missed by his wife and soul mate, Susan of 35 years, daughter Elizabeth, as well as his brother and sister-in-law Theo and Carol VAN RIJN, niece Catriana VAN RIJN, and predeceased nephew Kiran VAN RIJN of Vancouver. He will also be greatly missed by his cousins in Southwestern Ontario.
Duncan will be remembered notably for his work as a biologist and interpreter for the Canadian Wildlife Service first at Wye Marsh Wildlife Interpretation Centre in Midland, Ontario from 1973-1979 and then a Habitat Awareness Biologist and Manager at St. Clair National Wildlife Area from 1979-1986. He was instrumental in planning, developing, implementing and writing public awareness programmes as well as preparing pamphlets, guide books and exhibits for Prince Edward Point, Big Creek, Long Point and St. Clair National Wildlife Areas. In 1986 Duncan changed his career and moved to Kingston to attend Queen's University in the Physical Therapy Programme and received his degree in 1990. He then went on to receive his Masters from the School of Public Administration (the school that his father, Donald GOW founded,) specializing in Health at Queen's University in 1993. He was a physiotherapist at Kingston General Hospital from 1990-1997 and from 1997-2006 at Saint Mary's of the Lake Hospital.
Duncan was a man of many talents and interests. He was a loving husband and father, a keen birdwatcher, naturalist, canoe tripper, camper, artist, woodworker, photographer and writer. We will all miss Duncan's sense of humour and innate storytelling ability.
No memorial service will be held but we wish to invite family and Friends to a reception at James Reid Funeral Home (Kingston) on Monday September 17, 2007, 4: 30-7:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Algonquin Park Interpretive Program or the Palliative Care Ward at Saint Mary's of the Lake Hospital in Kingston.
For the past eight months Duncan has been lovingly cared for by the professional Palliative Care Team at Saint Mary's of the Lake Hospital. We wish to thank each and every one at Saint Mary's who helped make Duncan's stay a happy and comfortable one.

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