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M. Campbell DOBBIN
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M. CAMPBELL DOBBIN November 26, 2020 Murray Campbell 'Cam' Dobbin passed away on November 26, 2020, just 4 days shy of his 93rd birthday, from complications of an aneurysm. Predeceased by his brother Pat, his son Peter, and his beloved wife of over 68 years, Dolly. He leaves his children Gordon (Janice) and Charlie (Elliot), his grandchildren Chloe (Chris), Sydney, and Keenan. Cam spent his first 10 years in Toronto before his family moved to Kapuskasing, ON. He graduated from St. Andrews College in Aurora and went on to study medicine at the University of Toronto, graduating in 1952. His summer job took him to Kenora, ON where he met his future wife, Dolly. They married in 1951, and remained deeply in love until Dolly's passing in 2019. Game for adventure, Cam and Dolly moved to Elsa in the Yukon Territory where Cam cared for the community for 5 years and then on to Philadephia, PA to complete a residency in ophthalmology. They returned to Toronto where Cam ran a private and surgical practice at the Toronto East General Hospital until his retirement. His contributions during his career, earned him a lifetime membership in the Ontario Medical Association and Canadian Medical Association. Cam was most relaxed at his island cottage on Lake Temagami. Earning his pilot's license during the 1960s allowed him to fly there and avoid the highway traffic. It was not unusual for Cam to buzz the St. Andrews College Chapel steeple on his way up to Temagami. An early embracer of technology, Cam built a ham radio while living in the Yukon, and in the 1970s built his own computer and taught himself to code and program. Cam wrote computer software to manage patient admin in his office and eventually patented and leased his program to other physicians. Cam was a true Renaissance man who loved to learn, but his greatest love was for his wife Dolly. Cam will be missed by all who knew him. A big thank you to the staff at Delmanor Northtown for providing a warm and family-like atmosphere for Cam for the last 4 years. A private family celebration of life will be held in the spring. Those who wish to make a donation in Cam's memory are asked to consider the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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Published in The Globe and Mail from Dec. 11 to Dec. 15, 2020.
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December 17, 2020
Two girls, best friends from Kenora (Dolly & Beth), dated and married two U of T medical school buddies (Cam & Don) and thus the Dobbin and Smith families began a decades long friendship. I literally looked up to “Uncle Cam” with awe all my life. Not only was he my Eye Doc, he was also my God Father. My eye checkups with Uncle Cam were usually brief and efficient, but I remember one time mentioning that I was taking some computer science courses at University. Well, that led us into an animated and lengthy discussion about the pros and cons of various computer operating systems and before we knew it he had a rebellion in the waiting room. He was a wonderful, soft spoken, interesting man and we do miss him. Gordon, Charlie and family, my condolences on behalf of all the Smith clan.
Donald Smith
December 13, 2020
I have fond memories of Dr. Dobbin from my days at Elsa, Yukon. Our family lived beside the Dobbins in a panabode for a few years until they headed south. He was our Cub Master and drove the Elsa cubs to Calumet for our Saturday morning sessions. He was instrumental in getting permission for us Cubs to wear long pants in the winter.
The women of the camp loved him because he was the only person there who could fix a washing machine which he often did, always cheerfully.
I remember my mother one day in 1957 coming home laughing about a conversation she had had that morning with Dr. Dobbin. He was having his 30th birthday and was disappointed that he had yet to accomplish anything. A wonderful man and wonderful family.
My condolences to them all.
Ivan Thompson
December 11, 2020
Uncle Cam was one of the few Doctors we loved going to see as children. Our families spent much time together when we were young and he and my father Stanley forged an enduring friendship on the roads between Toronto and Kenora. Our condolences to all of the Dobbin family from the MacBeth family.
Sarah MacBeth
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