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TANNER, Aubrey (Aub) Charles Dr.
Aub was born on November 8th, 1927 at Vancouver General. He died on January 14th, 2014 at Peace Arch Hospital, family at his side, after a short illness. Aubrey grew up in Coquitlam B.C. on a tiny farm. His father, a carpenter, worked at the nearby Essondale Hospital while his mother kept the home fires burning for Aub, his two brothers, and one sister. It was the 1930s, and the family grew much of their own food. The children learned early the value of family, frugality, and hard work. Graduating from high school in New Westminster at age 17, Aub then completed 3 years as an undergraduate at UBC before entering medical school at the University of Washington in Seattle. In 1951, as the newly minted Doctor Tanner, he felt the Call of the North and moved to Whitehorse to begin his practice. He made the Yukon his home for the next 28 years, and in many respects thought himself a Yukoner for the rest of his life. It was in Whitehorse that Aub was smitten by his life- mate Margaret (Peg) Lewis, and they married in June, 1953. They had 3 daughters and a son, and by 1962, with stints in London and Vancouver, Aubrey completed his specialist training as a General Surgeon. He was the only surgeon in the Yukon for most of the 60s. By 1968 the desire to make a difference in the developing world led Aub and Peg to move the family to St. Lucia. They had two wonderful years of relaxed Caribbean living while Aubrey practiced medicine. On any given day his work might range from surgical consultant to rural GP. Another decade in Whitehorse followed, then in 1980 Aub and Peg moved to Papua New Guinea. There, in addition to his work as surgical consultant, Aubrey took much satisfaction from his role as a clinical instructor and mentor to a number of new doctors. In 1983 they returned to make Vancouver their base. After several locums in Quesnel, Inuvik, and Whitehorse, Aub set up a practice in Vancouver. He retired in 1989. Aub and Peg moved to Nico Wynd (South Surrey) in 1996. They enjoyed the golf and the swimming and the wonderful view, but it was really the friendships they made there that they treasured. Those friendships that helped to sustain Aubrey after Peg died in 2007, and they kept him living at Nico Wynd right to the end. Aub was a man of many aspects and interests, but first and foremost he was a kind and caring man who loved spending time with family and friends. He talked well and thoughtfully, and was an even better listener. He was always up for cards, especially his regular Wednesday and Friday bridge. He enjoyed a book, a play, a lecture, and a movie. He and Peg travelled often. Aub loved to hike, fish, and canoe. Golf and daily swimming kept him fit. Aub had a wonderful sense of humour. A dry remark would flash by unnoticed, unless you knew to look for the little crinkle at the corner of his eye, but his inveterate punning produced groans wherever he went. All who knew him would share their latest jokes just to elicit his infectious laugh. Aub will be much missed by his many friends, by sister Flon, brother Gord, siter-in-law Barb, children Kim (Brian), Mark (Susan), Jill (Colm), and Trix (Ken) and grandchildren, Grant, Joaquin, Casey, Kathleen, Eleni, Jamie, Laura, Declan, Aven, and Tori. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Nico Wynd clubhouse on Saturday, January 18th 2014 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Peace Arch Hospital, the Yukon Foundation (Tanner Family Fund) or a charity of your choice.
Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on Jan. 17, 2014
Aubrey (Aub) Charles Tanner
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14831 28th Ave | Surrey, BC V4P1P3 | (604) 536-6522
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