ALVI, Dr. Zaheer Ul Haque
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February 14, 1930 - June 4, 2012
It is with great sadness that the family of Dr. Zaheer Alvi announces his passing after a long battle with cancer. He is survived by Gaiti, his wife of 55 years, his four sons and six grandchildren.
Zaheer was born in Delhi, India in 1930. At the age of 17 he earned a BSc in Biochemistry from the Muslim University of Aligarh, India, and then earned a medical degree from DOW Medical College, Karachi University, Pakistan.
He completed a year of training in general surgery in Brighton, England, and then served there as Registrar for three more years. He then pursued post-graduate training in Otolaryngology at the Royal Infirmary and satellite hospitals in Edinburgh, Scotland, and after completing his training, worked as a Consultant Ear Nose and Throat surgeon at Glasgow Regional Hospital from 1962 to 1969.
In 1970, he brought his family to Saskatoon, where he practiced Otolaryngology for 42 years. He held a DLO qualification from the Royal College of Surgeons in England and was a member of the Royal Society of Medicine in the UK. In 2010, he was awarded a senior lifetime membership from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan.
Zaheer was a pioneer and leader in the Muslim community. He was an active member and past President of the Islamic Association of Saskatchewan, one of the founders of the Saskatoon Misbah Islamic School, and was instrumental in creating the Islamic Centre of Saskatoon.
His patients, colleagues, friends and the many other people he touched will remember his quick wit and smile, his willingness to help others, and his commitment to the art and science of medicine. He retired at the age of 81. He was tremendously proud of his children's and grandchildren's accomplishments, no matter how small or large, and was a devoted husband to Gaiti.
An avid golfer, he was recently awarded an honorary lifetime membership in the Saskatoon Golf and Country Club where he was a member for more than 35 years. He also loved travel, photography, Indian music, camping, and good food. Zaheer was also an aficionado of classic British radio comedies, such as the Goon Show, and Hancock's Half Hour.
He will be sadly missed by his family and all who knew him. May his memory be a blessing.
The family would like to extend our deepest gratitude to the staff of the St. Paul's Hospital Palliative Care Unit, and the many nurses, physicians and staff who contributed to Zaheer's care.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate a donation in his name to the St. Paul's Hospital Palliative Care Unit.
Arrangements in care of Acadia-McKague's Funeral Centre (955-1600).
Published in The Saskatoon StarPhoenix on June 6, 2012