Neil Cowie

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Dr. Neil Cowie 1952-2016 Neil passed away at St. Paul's Hospital on Saturday, June 18, 2016 at the age of 63 years from complications resulting from cancer. He is survived by his wife Monique, children Jeremy and Jennifer (Ben), brother Gordon (Linda), mother-in-law Marie-Thérèse Douce, in-law siblings Maritza Hees (Hank), Hervé Douce and other family members. He was predeceased by his parents, William Cowie and Roberta Cowie (nee Drinkle), and father-in-law Sydney Douce.

Neil was born on 16 August, 1952 at St. Paul's Hospital, Saskatoon. While he lived during his early years in Saskatoon, Regina and Brandon, Manitoba, his formative years were spent in Moose Jaw. Neil's post secondary education took him to the University of Saskatchewan (Regina Campus) to the University of Saskatchewan where he completed a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry then a Masters of Physiology. He was then accepted into the College of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan. Upon graduation with his medical degree in 1981 he spent a year of general practice in Inuvik, NWT. He then decided to take a year of residency in Internal Medicine in Akron, Ohio followed by a three year residency in Anaesthesiology at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg. Upon completion of his residency in 1987 Neil moved back to Saskatoon to accept a position in the Anaesthesiology department of Royal University Hospital. Shortly there after he moved to St. Paul's Hospital where he remained until his death. In addition, Neil was Assistant Professor, Department of Anaesthesia, College of Medicine, 2007 to present; Head, Chronic Pain Management Clinic, Royal University Hospital, 1987 to present; Academic Anaesthesia Resident Coordinator, St. Paul's Hospital, 1992 to present; Director Medical Simulation College of Medicine Programs, 2008 to present and Chairman Quality Assurance Committee, Department of Anaesthesiology 2006 to 2015.

In Neil's limited free time he was passionate about the lives of his children. He was greatly involved in the Bluegrass music scene in Saskatoon, and thoroughly enjoyed practising and performing Bluegrass clawhammer style banjo. He spent a great deal of time over the years developing their acreage, taking prairie and turning it into the Cowie Forest. Neil was a great neighbour assisting other property owners in snow removal and grass mowing. Neil delighted in telling and hearing clever silly jokes.

Neil had a generous spirit and a kind heart. He will be remembered as a Friend to All. In the words of his sister-in-law, Maritza, "Neil showed a lot of courage and fought valiantly. He was a very fine and honourable man who led an exemplary life." Neil will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

The family wishes to express thanks to the nursing and support staff of Royal University and St. Paul's Hospitals as well as Neil's medical team including: Drs. T. Abbas, R. Deobald, H. Ha, M. Harrington, A. Johnson, V. Kundapur, C. McDonald, W. McKay, A. Meister, F. Munshey, and K. Stakiw.

A celebration of Neil's life will be held at a later date.

Donations in Neil's memory may be made to the St. Paul's Hospital Palliative Care. http://www.stpaulshospital.org/foundation/index.php?page=63


Published in The Saskatoon StarPhoenix from June 21 to June 22, 2016
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