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Photo de John Palmer FLETCHER
Fiche créée le : 2007-06-15
John Palmer FLETCHER
Père : Howard Allan George FLETCHER
Mère : Caroline Anne
Décès le : 2007-06-15
Parution : 2007-06-19
Conjoint(e) : Jean
Paru dans : Ottawa Citizen, ON

FLETCHER, John Palmer February 20, 1911 - June 15, 2007 Peacefully, at his home on June 15, 2007, surrounded by his family. John was the son of the late Caroline Anne and Howard Allan George Fletcher. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 55 years, Jean. Trained as a physician at the University of Toronto, John graduated in 1936. In the early stages of his career John pursued a research career with Charles H. Best, co-discoverer of insulin. When World War II began, he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Medical Corps, where he served for five years with distinction, winning the Military Cross and the St. George Cross for his courage during the Battle of Jelsi in 1943. On his return from Europe in 1945, John returned to medical research with a special interest in pediatric medicine. He felt ever more drawn to the practice of pediatric medicine and in the late 1940s left research to pursue this interest. The family moved to Ottawa in 1956, where, because of health problems, he became a corporate physician with Bell Canada. With his health restored and missing the experience of working with children, he returned to private practice in 1962. He retired in 1986 at the age of 75. He is survived by his three daughters: Mary, Susan and Frances; three sons-in-law, Robert Hudgins, John Freeman and Edmund Clark; eight grandchildren, John and Alan Ramunas, Delbert, Jean, Hugh and Caroline Clark, and Lauren and Jessica Hudgins; as well as five great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held on Thursday June 21, 2007, at the Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa, 30 Cleary Avenue at 2:00 p.m. John's daughters would like to thank the CCAC, DVA, and Comcare, especially Lois Francis, Janet Hinton, and Mary Elizabeth Groulx, who cared for him in his final years. Dr. Julie Jenner of the Centretown Community Health Centre in Ottawa gave him the wise and compassionate care he had provided to his own patients. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario would be greatly appreciated. Published in the Ottawa Citizen from 6/19/2007 - 6/21/2007

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