Dr. John Harold Mowbray
Dr. John Harold Mowbray, 89, died on November 4 at Lady Minto Hospital while being held by his wife of 65 years, Catherine, and surrounded by his loving family, John, Paul, Scott, Emily, Kate and Martina. John was a passionate physician who worked in four countries on four continents, for many years a teaching doctor and administrator with the international aid organization Care Medico in Kabul Afghanistan; Surakarta, Indonesia; and Sousse, Tunisia. He was born in Bluevale, Ontario, attended medical school at the University of Toronto with his sweetheart and future wife, Kay (Catherine), a nurse. He practiced general medicine in Stoughton for five years, then obtained his Internal Medicine specialty and was an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan before leaving Canada to help the poor. In 1980 he returned to Canada from 13 years oversees to practice in Cranbrook, B.C. and then, in 1987, on Salt Spring, where he worked until retiring in 1992. Deep thanks to the caregivers at Lady Minto Hospital. Deep thanks from Kay to John for a long, loving adventure. Deep thanks from his sons for showing them the world and the way. He has three grandchildren, Michael, Emily and Rosa; two daughters-in-law, Kerrie Strathy and Kate Meyers; and is survived by his sister, Alba McIntyre. John was very detailed in his requests regarding funeral services (none) and fuss (none), but, regarding a headstone, wrote, “Surprise me!” That, in a nutshell, was John Mowbray, now and always in the hearts of all who loved him. Donations: Lady Minto Hospital, Ganges, B.C., or a charity of your choice.