Gordon ARMSTRONG

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ARMSTRONG, Gordon Walter Duncan, C.M., MD, FRCSC 1923-2018 Peacefully at Grace Manor, Ottawa, June 24, 2018. Loving husband of Molly (nee Mary F. Burnett) for 62 wonderful years. Beloved father of Douglas (Janet), John (Arlene), James (Pamela), Mary Jane, and Beth (Gregory Park). Cherished Poppa of Christy (Matt Carlson), Gillian, Gordon, Ian, William, Ross, Molly, and three great-grandchildren. Predeceased by his parents, Rev. Dr. B. Douglas and Katharine (McBeath) Armstrong, and sister Margaret. Born in Hong Kong to Presbyterian missionaries, raised in rural Ontario, he graduated from Queen's University (Meds 1948), and trained in orthopaedic surgery in Canada and England. In 1954, began his surgical practice in Ottawa and became internationally recognized for his skills as a surgeon, teacher, mentor and innovator in the development of modern spine surgery. Believed deeply in sharing his knowledge and techniques to benefit others, training medical professionals from around the world and never accepting royalties for medical devices he invented. Long, productive relationship with National Research Council. Former Chief of Orthopaedics, Ottawa Civic Hospital; practised at Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario; first Medical Director of Ottawa Children's Treatment Centre; Professor of Surgery, University of Ottawa; Past President of the Canadian Orthopaedic Association; founding member and Past President of the Scoliosis Research Society; Honorary Professor of Surgery, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences. Highly regarded for his compassion and humility, Gordon is also remembered for his keen sense of humour. In retirement, he enjoyed repairing antique clocks His greatest joy was spending time with his family at his cottage at Aylen Lake, farm near Merrickville, or home in Ottawa. Visitation Friday, July 27, 6-8 p.m., at the West Chapel of Hulse, Playfair & McGarry 150 Woodroffe Ave, Ottawa. Memorial service Saturday, July 28, 11 a.m., at St Andrew's Church, 82 Kent St, Ottawa, followed by reception. Private interment at Pinecrest Cemetery. The family gratefully acknowledges the care of Grace Manor and Dr. Lloyd Rossman. Gifts to Presbyterian World Service and Development or Carefor Community Services would be appreciated in lieu of flowers. Condolences/Tributes/Donations Hulse, Playfair & McGarry www.hpmcgarry.ca 613-728-1761
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Hulse, Playfair, & McGarry - West Chapel
150 Woodroffe Avenue
Ottawa, ON K2A 3T9
(613) 728-1761
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Published in The Ottawa Citizen from June 30 to July 25, 2018
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