MCKENDRICK

MCKENDRICK Dr. William (Bill) H. McKendrick born in Blackwood South Wales on September 16, 1926 and died at the Red Deer Hospice on February 11, 2009. The son of a medical family, he attended Epsom College outside London. He completed his medical degree at Guys' Hospital London in 1951 and did 2 years National Service in the Royal Navy. Bill married Annette in Scotland in 1952 and she followed him out to Sri Lanka where he was based while serving in the Persian Gulf. They returned to Blackwood in 1953 and Bill went into practice with his Stepfather and Uncle. Bill, Annette and the boys Alastair and Nigel immigrated to High Prairie in 1965. Fiona was born there in October 1967. Bill and his family arrived in Bentley in 1969 and he did a term as Mayor. In 1978 the family was off to Red Deer. He worked as an assistant to the Surgeons in RDRH for many years; was Chief of Extended Care from 1980 until he retired. He also served as a Medical Examiner, Vice President and Board member of The Alberta Council on the Aging. He loved to play Golf and was very proud of his hole in One! His hobbies included trains and bus scheduling and he had an extensive British Steam Engine model railway 45 feet by 10 feet at the house for many years. They moved to Red Deer in 1978 where he remained in practice until his retirement in 1996 due to health problems. During his forty five years of practice on both sides of the ocean Dr. McKendrick delivered hundreds of babies, some of whom now have children and grand children of their own today. He was one of the few doctors who did house calls and did so until he retired. Bill was predeceased by his son Alastair in 1978. He is survived by his wife of fifty-seven years Annette, his son Nigel and wife Dorcas, his daughter Fiona Hutchinson (Mark) and their 2 children Alex and Robyn, a brother Ian and wife Julie in Perth, Australia and a brother David and Betty in England. We would like to express our most sincere thanks to Dr. Sandy Murray who looked after him during his last years; to the staff of the Red Deer Hospice for their exceptional care, and the staff of the Red Deer Regional Hospital and most particularly to his daughter Fiona who stayed with her father, talking to and reading to him and holding his hand for the last 6 days of his life. She was holding his hand when he died. The family asks that donations be made to the Red Deer Hospice, 99 Arnot Ave. Red Deer, AB, T4R 3S6. A memorial tea will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion 2810 Brenner Ave on Thursday, February 26 at 3:00 pm.


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