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Ronald BAYNE
RONALD BAYNE, MD, FRCP January 25, 1923 - February 26, 2021 "By the side of the river he trotted as one trots, when very small, by the side of a man who holds one spellbound by exciting stories". As a frail and sickly child, The Wind in the Willows held solace, comfort, and escape, so much so that Ronald memorized the entire first chapter. He also loved to tell a story, always with colour and wit, and often with a lesson to be learned. At the end of the final chapter of his remarkable life we are left, spellbound, by the story of his generosity, kindness, compassion, and above all, love. As a husband, Ronald introduced his beloved wife, Barbara, to the treasure of great art and literature, seeding a passion they shared throughout their life together. As a father and grandfather, he inspired by example, passing on his generosity of spirit. As a physician, he brought compassionate listening to his encounters with frail or confused elderly, often coaxing from them memories or speech they had not uttered for years. As a professor of medicine, he infused students with the joy of learning, and of caring for others. He truly believed, as he wrote to a friend caring for her dying husband, "there is no greater privilege than to help another human being through their life". In his final months, he completed his last gift to the world, a video addressing the fear of death and dying, reassuring listeners, and encouraging them to focus on life, well-lived. When, as a child, Ronald asked his father why he couldn't simply have inherited the knowledge he had attained, his father replied: "because then you would inherit my prejudices". Ronald was guided by principles of open-mindedness and acceptance all his life. Ronald knew he was loved, and he loved as much in return. He leaves his family and so many dear friends and colleagues whom he has touched with unforgettable memories. His wife Barbara (deceased 2017), his daughters and their partners: Jennifer, Lillian (Michael), Jessica (Richard), Charlotte (who died in 1988), and Sarah, and his grandchildren: Andrew (Baila), Derek, Madelaine (Michael), Eliot (Jennifer), and Oliver are grateful to have had him in their lives. In lieu of flowers, the family would be grateful for donations to any of the following: Ronald Bayne Gerontology Award at McMaster University (; the Barbara & Ronald Bayne Fund at Hamilton Community Foundation (; the RDSP Fund to support children with developmental disabilities at the Children's Health Foundation; or the Canadian Association on Gerontology (Legacy Fund) In all cases, please specify 'in memory of Ronald Bayne'.
Published by The Globe and Mail from Mar. 1 to Mar. 5, 2021.
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We, the Gutkinds grew up with the Baynes on Winchester Avenue in Montreal. I only have fond memories of spending time with all of them, even though Dr Bayne gave us our Gamma Globulin vaccine in our bums before we headed off to Nigeria for a year in 1970! I remember being fed by Mrs Bayne in their home too. 98 is such an incredible age and what a career. The Baynes girls had a wonderful Father and can be incredible proud of him. Remember all those good times Jennifer, Lillian and Jessica.
Katherine Gutkind
March 1, 2021
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