Frank S. Loomer
1951 - 2014
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__________B.Sc. M.D. F.R.C.P ( C )___________

It is with profound sadness that Linda, Michael and Kate say goodbye to their beloved husband and father, Frank Loomer, who passed away on April 15 at the Royal Jubilee Hospital after a lengthy and courageous battle with amyloidosis.

Born in Edmonton, son of Hymie and Rezelle Loomer (deceased). Frank will be greatly missed by his brothers, Allan (Ava) and Neil (Sharon), as well as nieces, nephews and cousins across the country.

Moving from Edmonton to Vancouver in 1959, Frank attended the Vancouver Talmud Torah. At his elementary school graduation, his Grade 7 teacher apparently said, "Frank's idea of light reading is Einstein's Theory of Relativity!" and that did not change throughout his life! He went to Eric Hamber High School, then attended UBC, where he graduated with his B.Sc in Biochemistry. He received his MD in 1977. He completed his residency in psychiatry at Shaughnessy Hospital, which at that time was the Veterans' Hospital. His time there likely sparked his interest in geriatrics, where he found the patients and their life stories endlessly fascinating. He married Linda in 1976, and they moved to Victoria in 1987, where Michael was born just a month later. Six years afterwards, his beautiful Kate was born.

Frank initially worked in private practice, but he so missed the hospital setting that he moved to Royal Jubilee Hospital as a consultant in 1988. The following year he was asked to pioneer a multi-disciplinary, in-patient geriatric psychiatry program at the Memorial Pavilion, the only such unit to serve the Greater Victoria region. The program continues today, now a resource to all Vancouver Island. For a time he was Division Chief for Geriatric Psychiatry, but he returned to general consultation at RJH, where he remained for the rest of his career.

Frank's patients would describe him as kind and attentive, and his colleagues as knowledgeable and compassionate. He described himself as a competent guy who cared.

He was a student of life, placing a high value on education. His interests were varied. He believed that ultimately "everything is physics" and loved to argue that point with his children and their friends. He was a passionate student of history, and it is sad for all of us that he will not be able to pursue a degree in Medieval History, as he had planned to do in retirement.

In his lifetime Frank's search for personal enlightenment led him to deeply explore many faiths and doctrines - from his Judaism through TM, Unitarianism, and finally to his study of Buddhism. All that he learned gave him insight and peace on his toughest journey.

Due to illness, Frank retired in December 2010. Always the optimist, he fought harder and for much longer than any of his family or physicians thought possible.

Linda, Michael and Kate wish to thank the team of physicians and health care professionals who cared for Frank with skill, care and kindness. Special thanks must go to Drs. Donna Doyle and Bob Penner, whom he liked to kid, and who were 'always there' for him.

Also to be thanked are our many dear friends who supported our family during Frank's illness. Each in their way made our lives easier. We feel blessed.

Frank will be remembered by family and friends in the chapel at St. Michaels University School, 3400 Richmond Road, on Saturday, May 10 at 2PM, with a reception following.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) www.msf.ca or the Alzheimer's Society of B.C. www.alzheimerbc.org .

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Published in The Times Colonist from Apr. 25 to Apr. 27, 2014.
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June 4, 2014
I just now got the news of Frank's passing. I knew it could be soon I hoped he would be with you a little longer. I didn't see a lot of Frank but when I was in his company he was always warm and gracious. I liked him very much. My deepest condolences to Linda, Micheal, and Kate.
Colleen Smith
June 4, 2014
Our most sincere condolences to the family.
The Alzheimer Society of B.C.
June 4, 2014
Our most sincere condolences to the family.
May 12, 2014
Dr. Loomer was my mother's doctor at the Jubilee Hospital in geriatric psychiatry. I attended all her appointments & found him to be a wonderful, caring soul with great knowledge. When we found out he wouldn't be practicing anymore we were very down hearted. Now even more so that he has passed. I know he was very well respected. My deepest sympathies to the family & friends. He will be missed.
Jacqueline Lamoureux
May 3, 2014
I worked with Frank at Shaughnessy Hospital many years ago. He was an excellent mentor and physician. Being such a kind and compassionate person himself, he always treated his patients with kindness, compassion , respect and dignity.I'm sure everyone who worked on Ward C1 will remember his dedication to his work and especially his family. All this with a wonderful sense of humour ! We had some interesting times at Shaughnessy.My deepest condolences to Linda and the rest of his family.
Jackie Page
April 29, 2014
I had the pleasure of working with Frank at Memorial Pavilion, and hold high respect for his knowledge, skill and expertise in geriatric psychiatry. Frank's caring and empathy for staff, families and peers was one of his strengths as a clinician and leader. I enjoyed my opportunity to work with him, and more importantly, to learn from him. He will be missed.
Heather Cook
April 27, 2014
I am very sad to learn about Frank. I knew him when I worked at the Jubilee Hospital in the eighties. He was always kind and thoughtful with patients and staff. Please accept my condolences for your loss.
Elizabeth Harris
April 27, 2014
I never new Dr Loomer personally but as a nurse who saw him at work with his senoirs I would like to say that he was a wonderful,gentle man who will be sorely missed in the community .
April 25, 2014
Our very sincere condolences.
Amyloidosis Support Groups
April 25, 2014
We just returned home and found out the sad news about Frank. Our deepest sympathies and our condolences to Linda, Michael and Kate. Frank was a wonderful doctor and friend. I learned a great deal from his eclectic knowledge. It was a great priviledge for me (Bev) to work with him.
Bev and Don Wilden
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