David John ADDISON

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ADDISON, Dr. David John
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of David J. Addison on December 8, 2016. David died peacefully at home, surrounded by family, after a bravely fought battle with cancer. Born in Jaipur, India on April 24, 1940, David was the beloved husband of Gwen (née Murphy) for 28 years. He was the loving father of three children from his first marriage to Mariette St-Denis – Daniel Addison (predeceased), Catherine Addison (Malcolm), and Stéphanie Stevenson (Doug) – the cherished grandfather of Ashley, Lauren, and Isabelle, and the dear brother of Donald Addison (Aileen) and Eileen Taylor (Peter). He will be fondly remembered by his family, friends and former colleagues. Dr. Addison's patients will recall his kind and empathetic manner. He took the time to assess all aspects of each patient's vision problem and was a true example of professionalism. Colleagues across Canada, the USA and the UK will remember David's many contributions as a very highly respected Consultant in Eye Pathology, as a Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology with cross appointment in the Department of Pathology, and as Director of the post-graduate residency training program in Ophthalmology. He was a long-time Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology from 1983 to 1994 infusing new energy and credibility to the journal by increasing the number of published articles and the quality of the journal. David, who was born and lived in India until age five, became very involved in the formative years of the Sankurathri Foundation and the Srikiran Institute of Ophthalmology in Kakinada, located in India's southern state of Andhra Pradesh. He supported the Foundation's fundraising efforts and offered his skills and experience during a three-week volunteer work assignment at the Institute in 2003. David excelled and set new standards in every aspect of his work. Those closest to David will remember him for his inquisitiveness, avid reading on a wide variety of subjects, his love of nature, hiking, gardening, Scottish Country Dancing, water colour painting, theatre, stamp collecting and travel. He was modest and sensitive, and exemplified the values of honesty and integrity in every facet of his life. Family, friends and former colleagues are invited to visit at the Central Chapel of Hulse, Playfair & McGarry, 315 McLeod St, (at O'Connor) on Thursday, December 15, 2016 from 1 to 4 p.m. Words of Remembrance at 2:00 p.m. The family wishes to thank Dr. Scott Morgan and the team at the Ottawa Hospital Cancer Centre, Dr. Susan Sollars and the Palliative Care Unit at the Élisabeth Bruyère Hospital, care givers from various agencies, as well as the Community Care Access Centre (CCAC). A very special thank you to Leslie who accompanied David during his final days with compassion, care, and love. In memory of David, a donation to a charity of your choice would be greatly appreciated by his family.
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Published in The Ottawa Citizen from Dec. 10 to Dec. 12, 2016
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