C. William L. (Bill) Jeanes

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C. William L. (Bill) Jeanes August 31, 1919 - July 1, 2014 Peacefully at the Rockcliffe Retirement Residence in his 95th year. Beloved husband of Joyce (2008) for 60 years, cherished by his children David (Helga), Rosemary (Paul Antze) and Brian (Denise). An inspiration to his grandchildren Andrew (Keltie), Jennifer (Colm), Emily (Alex), Bridget (Trevor), Alison (Adam), Hayley (Luke), Melissa, and great-grandchildren Orla, Olivia, Shaughnessy, Avalyn. For the last six years friend and loving companion to Joan Gullen.

Born in Cardiff, Wales, he studied medicine at Guy's Hospital, London, graduating in 1943. He served in London hospitals during the Blitz and after the war became a chest physician and medical officer of health, dealing with tuberculosis in Greenwich. In 1957 he immigrated to Ottawa, Canada with his family, who became early residents of Rothwell Heights. As medical director of the Canadian Tuberculosis Association, (now the Lung Association), he led Canada's national tuberculosis program for 15 years and founded the Canadian Thoracic Society. Visiting outports of Newfoundland on the motor vessel "Christmas Seal" for X-ray surveys was one of his many responsibilities. He took a leadership role in organizing international conferences on tuberculosis and established working relationships around the world. In 1972 he joined the new International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), travelling widely in Asia and Africa to oversee Canada's medical aid programs and health policy in over 40 countries. He represented Canada proudly at the World Health Organization (WHO) from 1974-86 and continued working into his mid-70s at Canada's Laboratory for Disease Control where he was responsible for programs in tropical health and quarantine for Canadian travellers. As a Board Member for HealthBridge, (formerly PATH Canada), he continued to attend meetings until last year. He was past president and a 50-year member of the Ottawa Welsh Society and a lover of the arts, especially ballet and operetta. His family is grateful to the staff at the Rockcliffe for their kindness and care. Ever generous in his work and with family and friends, he is deeply missed. The family will host a reception to celebrate his life at the Rockcliffe Retirement Residence, on Saturday, July 26, from 2-5 pm. Memorial donations to HealthBridge, Heritage Ottawa, the National Ballet of Canada or another charity of your choice.


Published in The Ottawa Citizen on July 5, 2014
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