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Basil William JOHNSTON
1938 - 2021
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BASIL WILLIAM JOHNSTON, M.D., FRCSC April 17, 1938 - July 12, 2021 Passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family. Beloved husband of Julie (née Dulmage) and loving father to Leslie (Frank), Lauren (Kevin), Andrea (David), and Melissa. He will be greatly missed by his grandchildren, Mackenzie, Adam and Charles, Nicolas and Rebecca, and Samantha and Katie, and his sister, Ann. A longtime Orthopaedic Surgeon in Peterborough, Ontario, Basil was active in the medical community in many roles, including Chief of Medical Staff at Peterborough Civic and St. Joseph's Hospitals, and Peterborough Regional Health Centre, and President of the Ontario Medical Association. Many thanks to the doctors and nurses at PRHC, especially the team on B5, and to the Saint Elizabeth nursing care staff. In memory of Basil, donations may be made to the Kidney Foundation of Canada, Diabetes Canada - Peterborough, or the PRHC Foundation. There will be a visitation at Comstock-Kaye Life Celebration Centre, 356 Rubidge Street, Peterborough, on Sunday, July 18, 2021, from 1 to 5 p.m. in half hour segments. Those who wish to attend (there are a limited number of guests permitted per segment) must register at Attendees must wear a mask and socially distance. Online condolences can be made at

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Published in The Globe and Mail from Jul. 15 to Jul. 19, 2021.
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July 18, 2021
Ruth and I are so sorry to hear of Basil's passing. We were such good friends while we lived in Peterborough, sharing a love of medical politics and good wine. I always looked forward to catching up on Peterborough news when I sat with him at OMA Council meetings and seeing Julie at Past-Presidents' dinners. Our condolences to the entire family.
John Gray
John Gray
July 17, 2021
I worked with Basil for many years and he was a very well respected colleague. We are saddened to hear he has passed away may he rest in peace. My wife Phyl and I send our sincere condolences to Julie and his family.
Michael Fung
July 16, 2021
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Cathy Campbell
July 15, 2021
Our hearts are saddened at the loss of your beloved husband and father. I am forever grateful to have had the opportunity to work for Basil at the beginning of my career. Keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers.
Theresa and Don Pagett
July 15, 2021
I have known Bas since residency years at Kingston General. Bas was Chief Resident when I was Charlie Sorbie's Fellow. I was junior to Bas and he always went out of his way to teach me new wrinkles in the management of Ortho cases. Although we never practised together again, we remained friends and requently crossed paths at meetings and reminisced about our time at KGH. Bas was an excellent surgeon, a superb teacher and a fine individual. I'm the better for having known him. Sincere condolances to Julie and family. Merv Letts
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