Joseph Charles MacMillan M.D.

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JOSEPH CHARLES MacMILLAN, M.D. It is with profound sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the very sudden passing of Doctor Joe on October 6, 2010 at the age of 78. He will be eternally loved and missed by his devoted and loving wife of 24 years, Barbara (nee Penniston), and his many children, grandchildren and nephew Kevin. He was loving father to Stephen (Cindy), Chris (Steph), Susan (Zane), Amy, Barbara (Dave), Sarah (Lee) and predeceased by Timothy (Nova). He was a caring stepfather to Gregory (Sharon) and Patrick. He cared deeply for his many grandchildren, Lucy, Harrison, Katie, Lizzie, Haley, Samantha, Emily, Mason, Jack, Anda, Kai, Abbey, Maddie, Peyton and Makenna. Doctor Joe was born in Saskatoon in 1932, graduated with a BA from the University of Saskatchewan in 1954 and an MD from the University of Toronto in 1956 and maintained a thriving family practice for 52 years. The past 36 years were devoted primarily to the care of patients with a challenging array of addictive disorders. He will be remembered as a caring, devoted and compassionate physician who never failed to provide strength to families and give hope to the discouraged. Doctor Joe was certified by the American Society of Addiction Medicine and made a fellow of ASAM in 1997. He also served on the Board of Directors of the ASAM and was a founding Director of the Board, Canadian Medical Society on Alcohol and other Drugs. He was certified by the Canadian Society of Addiction Medicine and was a Director, the Health Recovery Programme of Ontario. He served as Staff Physician at The Donwood Institute, the Addiction Research Foundation, Scarborough Hospital, Scarborough Grace Hospital and at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto. From 1976-1989 he served on the Management Committee, Project 'DOC', Doctors on Chemicals, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, and was on the Executive Committee, Section on Alcohol and other Drug Dependencies, Ontario Medical Association. Most recently he was a Director of the Board, Homewood Health Centre in Guelph, Ontario, and also the Institute of Addictive Medicine. He was a voracious reader, shy and reserved, a true gentleman, who loved to travel and play golf. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. According to his wishes, cremation and a private family funeral has taken place. Memorial donations may be made to The Heart & Stroke Foundation or the charity of your choice.

Published in the Toronto Star on Oct. 23, 2010