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"BHO" 2005 Obituary


BHOI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-06-16 published
BELL, Robert Gordon, O.C., M.D., LL.D
Peacefully at home, on June 15, 2005, in his 94th year. Beloved husband of the late Mary Irene LAMPING, whom he married in 1938. Loving father of Bobbie (deceased,) Ronald (Katharine KIRKWOOD,) Janice (Walter HAMBLEY,) Linda (Louis ST- LAURENT,) Mary (Daniel PLOUFFE) and Brian (Lynn.) Cherished Grandpa to Kate (John BLICK,) Laura (Peter BHOI,) Carolyn (Sam BIRRITTELLA,) Jason, Jessie, Vicki, Christopher, Lisa, James, Elizabeth, Andrew and Sarah, and proud Great-Grandpa to Robert, James, Patrick, Daniel and Asha. Predeceased by his brother Oliver and his sister Jean. He will be missed by his dear sister-in-law Helen LAMPING, his cousin Mary WILSON, nieces, nephews, and Friends as well as his wonderful caregivers, Yolande, Matilda and Georgette. Born on a farm in Saint Mary's, Ontario in 1911, he grew up in a warm and caring home environment. Educated in Saint Mary's, he later attended Medical School, University of Toronto (Victoria College) and was a member of the Canadian Army Medical Corps in World War 2. A pioneer in addiction medicine, he and his wife Mary began working as a team treating patients in their own home in 1946, and subsequently established Glen Maple, Shadowbrook, Willowdale Hospital for Women, Alex G. Brown Clinic at Mimico Reformatory, and The Bell Clinic. He received international recognition for creating successful treatment and recovery programs and founded the first public hospital for addiction in Canada, The Donwood Institute. He then, at the age of 72, continued and expanded his work by opening Bellwood Health Services. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada, a recipient of the Royal Bank Award, an honorary Doctor of Laws (York University) and has received numerous other honours. Music played a big part in his life and he was an accomplished pianist. He loved gardening, dancing, reading, bridge and especially gatherings with family and Friends. Visitation will be held on Friday and Saturday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the R.S. Kane Funeral Home (6150 Yonge Street, at Goulding, south of Steeles). A Funeral Mass will be held on Monday June 20, 2005 at St. Gabriel's Church (Sheppard Avenue) at 10 a.m. Private Interment in Saint Mary's, Ontario. Condolences For those who wish, donations may be made to the Gordon Bell Foundation for the Prevention of Addiction. More than 40,000 families have benefited from his life's work. His dedication to his patients will be remembered by them and their subsequent generations. As he often said, 'It has been a privilege to have been of service.' R.S. Kane 416-221-1159

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