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GJOSUND, Dr. Walter Kornelius

August 4, 1940 – March 4, 2012

It is with great shock and sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our dear Walter, beloved husband to Celia, and father to David Steimer, Sarah Malley (Brent) and Ruth Keon (Christian). He will be missed by his grandchildren; Beckham, Kate, Gwen, Brady and Jake. Walter passed away at home in the arms of his loving wife.

He was the rock of our family, affectionately known as ‘his lordship’ we all looked to him and waited for his jokes, advice or smile. Generous to a fault, he loved his family and pets fiercely.

Walter was born and raised in Swaziland, son to Norwegian missionaries, Trygve & Anna Gjosund. Walter is survived by his siblings and their spouses, David & Marilyn Gjosund (Calgary), Eivind Gjosund (South Africa), Ruth & Bjorn Johansen (South Africa) and Margaret & Erling Reistad (Norway), he was predeceased by his brother and sister-in-law Andre & Else Gjosund (Norway). He is also remembered by his wife’s brother, Alan Mcdowell (England), and longtime family friend Pat Lambert.

Walter’s passion and vocation was medicine. Up until his death he continued to do research, practice and take medical courses and ultimately assisting the people he truly loved to help, his patients.

Walter started his career in England before coming to Canada in 1974 where he practiced in Shaunavon, Regina, Fort McMurray, Calgary and Cochrane. Most of his working years were spent in Fort McMurray where he was chief of staff at the Fort McMurray hospital, active in the United Way, Keyano College Foundation and the Rotary Club.

In lieu of flowers donation cheques may be made payable to the “Dr. Walter Gjosund Memorial Bursary” in support of students aspiring to the medical profession.

Death leaves a heartache no one can heal
Love needs a memory no one can steal

A Celebration of Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Cochrane Funeral Home (369 Railway Street, Cochrane, AB), on Sunday, March 11, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Dr. Walter Gjosund, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Cochrane Funeral Home, 369 RAILWAY STREET, COCHRANE. Telephone: (403) 932-4740.

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  1. Alan and Debbie Fenton :

    Celia and family,

    We were very shocked by the news of Walters passing and so sorry for the great loss in your family. Thank goodness we have many memories particularly around the Christmas season of singing carols and just plain good fellowship. We hope that time and your own memories will sustain you all into the future.

    Deb and Al

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  2. Judy & George Sikorski :

    So sorry to hear about your loss, Celia. Gregory sends his condolences too. Anything we can do for you, Celia, just let us know. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.

    Judy & George & family

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  3. Anne McMullin :

    I am so sorry to hear about Dr. Gjosund’s passing, he was a wonderful man and so giving to his community. I remembered when he served as United Way Campaign Chair and how dedicated he was to the position even though he had a full time medical practice. He was my first Campaign Chair when I joined United Way and I will always be so thankful for his caring and guidance.He was just too young to leave already….

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  4. Gail MacDonald :

    Celia and family,

    So sorry to hear of your loss. Deepest sympathy and condolences. I have very fond memories of Walter from his years of service in Fort McMurray.

    Gail MacDonald

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  5. Joan and Nick Shipton :

    Celia & family
    We were shocked and so sorry to hear of Walters passing. We only knew him for short time but what a wonderful man he was. Our thoughts are with you all at this sad time.
    May He Rest in Peace
    Joan & Nick

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  6. Bill and Ann Musgrave :

    Celia
    We fondly remember your first years in Canada,with Nick & Jane, Peter & Rose,
    Many good friends, the Dinner parties,the hard work, the new clinic, Walters Flying lessons and much more. youth was on our side.the world will miss a true humanitarian with a real love for life.
    Bill & Ann

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  7. Tracy Descahmps :

    Beautifully written.
    He had such a wonderful smile.
    So sorry for you loss.
    The Deschamps

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  8. Tracy Malley :

    Celia and family,,
    I am so very sorry for your loss…You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
    Tracy

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  9. Murray and Michelle Pope :

    Dear Celia. Our sincere condolences on Walter’s sudden passing and the loss that you and your family are feeling. You will see him again. The grief will subside and your journey will go on.

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  10. Only twice did I meet Dr. Gjosund, and that was as a drop-in patient at the Cochrane clinic. I learned of his passing when I tried to book an appointment, today, specifically to see him.
    You see, the first time we met, as doctor/patient, I admired his watch. He told me that he had won it on a bet, many years ago, and had worn it since. It was obvious that my comment triggered some fond memory, but it was a busy day, with no time for further enquiry or explanation – therefore I was very pleased when the next time I ‘dropped in’ at the clinic, Dr. Gjosund was again in attendance. This time, I asked him to explain the bet which had won him his watch.
    His wife knows the story of Dr. Gjosund’s watch, as it was she who lost the bet! and although he used few words to tell it, I was granted the lasting image of an interesting couple who, on the verge of a great journey, amidst the busy-ness of such a place as Heathrow Airport, were still very much engaged with each other, still conversing and listening to each other, still attentive despite all that would have been going on around them.
    It seemed a fine watch; but what impressed me more is that the man remembered so well the circumstances and details of a conversation with his wife, so many years ago. It is a story that I shall always keep in my memory, much as the good doctor kept his watch. I wish I could have learned more of those two people, because it seemed that he, for one, had enjoyed and valued the time they spent together.
    Sincerely,
    D.B. Rae
    Cochrane

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  11. George &Alison Horner :

    Alison and I were very sorry and shocked to learn of Walter’s passing
    – a wonderful colleague and friend. He leaves us with great and fun memories.
    To Celia and family our deep condolences

    Alison and George Horner

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  12. Rob and Lorraine Bedet. Calgary :

    Celia and family –

    Our deepest sympathy and condolences. May happy memories shared sustain you and keep him alive in you.

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  13. Sandra Van Veen :

    Dear Celia and family,
    Words cannot express how sorry we are for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this very difficult time.
    Doug, Sandra & Eden Van Veen

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  14. Tony, Ludi and Christopher Schlee :

    Dear Celia and family;
    Reading the obituary in today’s paper came as a shock. It is very hard to accept that this good man and a great physician is gone.Our sincere sympathy in your time of sorrow and please rest assured, that we will keep the memory of Walter alive and cherished.

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  15. Michelle (Coffey) Pierce :

    The world has lost a very wonderful man. My sincere condolences to Celia, and the rest of the family as well as the staff at Alpine Medical Clinic. I have been a patient of Dr. Gjosund since I was 15, in Fort. McMurray and I followed him to all his clinics in Calgary and Cochrane. I am shocked at this news, as I saw him less than 2 weeks ago and he was in very good spirits. I have never had a doctor as wonderful as him, and I don’t think I ever will. The man had a heart of gold and infinite wisdom. He truly cared for his patients, and spoke of his lovely family often. I feel blessed that my baby girl Zoe, had a chance to meet him for the first 18 months of her life and have been cared for by him. I wish I could say thank you to him one last time, for all he has done for me and my family. Rest in Peace Dr. Gjosund. You will never be forgotten. You have touched so very many lives.

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  16. Greg & Shirley Lindsay :

    Dear Celia and family and friends:

    Our sincerest condolances on Walter’s passing. He spent his life helping other people professionally as a Doctor and as a citizen …and he was Shirley’s Doctor for many years in FtMcM and Calgary. He will be sadly missed. We had the opportunity to enjoy his and your warm hospitality on several occasions. You knew with even a brief conversation with Walter that he had led a full and interesting life and had a wry perspective on it all. We are sorry we can’t attend his service on Sunday but our thoughts are with you and your family as you celebrate his life.

    All the very best in these difficult times.

    Greg & Shirley

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  17. Angie MacLeod :

    Dear Celia & family:

    I was shocked and deeply saddened to hear of Dr. Gjosund’s passing. I was a patient of his in Fort McMurray for many years and he was a wonderful doctor and a wonderful person. I used to tease him that he reminded me of “Mr. Belvedere” and he always smiled at that. May God bless you all during this difficult time.

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  18. Rose Chapman and Staff at Drugstore Pharmacy :

    We are deeply shocked and saddened to hear of Walter’s passing.
    He touched numerous lives, including ours.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. We will always be here for you.

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  19. Maureen O'Shea :

    Celia,

    I am sorry to hear of the loss of your husband.

    Although I haven’t seen you for awile as you can guess I’ve been healthy.

    I still often think of the fun we had golfing together at Water Valley. If you ever want a golf game, please call or e-mail me.

    Maureen

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  20. Tony & Sandra Coffey :

    Dear Celia,
    Our thoughts are with you with this terrible loss – we will be with you in Cochrane to celebrate his life on Sunday. Walter was our family Doctor in Fort McMurray, Calgary & more recently Cochrane. We followed him from clinic to clinic as he provided genuine care & attention we’ve found in no other Doctor, anywhere in the world. He’d always make time to listen & advise and was never reluctant to recommend specialist advice as needed.

    I showed the guys at “Wings Night” this last Wednesday a prescription that Walter gave me in 2007. After routine annual tests he asked me whether I managed to control my blood INR to the recommended limits? I told him I did, but had to be careful if I’d had a lot of drinks the night before my INR tests. Without saying a word, Walter scribbled out a prescription which I’ve kept to this day – it simply said -“Drink Consistently”. This is a testament to Walter’s great sense of humour.

    We’ll miss him.

    TONY & SANDRA

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  21. Carlos Portela :

    To Mrs. Gjosund and family;

    Our deepest and sincere condolences on Dr. Gjosund’s passing.
    I have been a patient of Dr. Gjosund for the last few years, I am fortunate and grateful to have known him for this short time, he was a wonderful doctor and a wonderful person.
    Goodbye Dr. Gjosund you will never be forgotten.

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  22. Anna and Bob :

    Celia and family.
    We are truly saddened by your loss. It is a sad moment for all of us. We will miss Walter’s witt and his clever thoughts and comments. Our thoughts and love are with all of you.
    Love, Anna and Bob

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  23. Dear Celia, My condolences on the death of Walter. I know you will miss him terribly. May your many happy memories support you and your family in your time of grief.

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  24. Brian and Carol Weller :

    We are shocked and deeply saddened by the passing of Dr. Walter Gjosund. He was our family Doctor since the early 80’s in Fort Mac. and at his many Medical Clinics in Calgary and finally in Cochrane. Walter was more than a Family Doctor. He was the best Doctor as well as the greatest and most gentle person we have ever had the privilege to be associated with. We always shared a lot of laughs and many fond memories on our visits. Like the time a few years ago when he called me at to confirm I had Mono. I commented at 64, I was too old to have Mono. After a short pause and a little chuckle he replied Brian, you may want to stay off the internet for awhile. These memories will be cherished in our hearts forever.
    Celia and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you all in this time of great loss.
    We will see you on Sunday.
    Brian and Carol Weller

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  25. Brenda Gallagher :

    Celia, Sarah, Ruth & David,
    My sincere condolences are extended to your family. I am go happy that I had the pleasure of sharing some special times with Walter and your special family. My thoughts and prayers are with your Family during this difficult time. Walter has touched many lives with his amazing character. Lots of love.

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  26. Lynda Costello :

    To Celia, Sarah, Ruth and family. I was so saddened to hear about Walter. We had many enjoyable parties in Fort McMurray where he often entertained us with his incredible intellect and quick wit- not to mention his wonderful singing voice. My thoughts are with you all. Love Lynda

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  27. Elisabeth (Lies) Parkes :

    Dear Celia, I only heard just today of Walter’s passing. I am shocked and sad to hear the news. Please accept my sincere condolences and I hope that your memories of him will bring you strength for the future.

    Sincerely,

    Lies Parkes

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  28. Walter looked after me when I was pregnant with David. I heard my baby’s heartbeat for the first time in his office, that is a special memory that I will always be grateful for.
    Walter was always very kind and had a beautiful smile. It was a treat to have known him.

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  29. Gary Weselosky :

    I got to know Walter when I was a Paramedic/FireFighter in Fort McMurray in the 80’s. He was such a nice man that really cared about his community. Walter was funny and was always smiling.
    Walter was a great doctor to me and I will miss him…

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  30. Paul Goudreau :

    To all of Dr Gjosunds’ family,
    My heartfelt condolences to you at the loss of your beloved family member. I knew and liked the concerned and caring healer as my doctor but also got to spend a little time talking of other things. On my last visit we talked of his time in the military and how it affected his career choice and how much he loved living and working in Cochrane. I commented on his new moustache and a quiet smile was my goodbye.
    He will be missed.

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  31. I may have only met him twice as a patient at the Cochrane clinic. He was a very sweet gentleman. I send my condolences to the family. May you cherish the memories.

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  32. To the Family,

    My sincere condolences. Walter and I had some magical moments in Fort McMurray.

    From your old buddy Fletch

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  33. Valerie Ann MacKenzie :

    Dear Celia & Family:

    Sincere sympathy to you all on the loss of Dr. Gjosund. I was a patient of his for many years in Fort McMurray and he was a very wonderful doctor. May all the very wonderful memories that you all have,help you all in the difficult days ahead. Please know that you and your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

    Sincerely,
    Valerie Ann

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  34. I have very fond memories of Dr. Gjosund. He was my Dr. in Fort McMurray. We missed him so much when he left. He was a good Dr. and a good man. Our prayers and Sympathy to all the family.

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  35. Dear Celia: I do apologize for the delay in sending you a message of condolence as I have not been monitoring the yahoo email as diligently as I should.

    I have many wonderful memories of you two at Charlie and Joyce’s and of Walter as a physician and friend while I was working in Fort Mc Murray. Although many years ago, I smile on recalling his sense of humour that smoothed many exchanges and built camaraderie.
    With love, affection, and condolences. LOL Sharon

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  36. Cathy Haynes :

    Dear Celia,
    I’ve just read about the loss of your husband Walter, and want to let you know that I will have you in my prayers in the days to come. I pray that God will hold you close and bring the special moments of your lives together to your heart when the days are hard.
    Cathy Haynes

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  37. Albert & Annette Toyne :

    Our heartfelt sympathies we send to you & your family. We are sorry to hear of your loss & will keep you in our thoughts & prayers.
    Sincerely,
    Albert & Annette Toyne

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  38. Jenn Lacey and Roy Durling :

    Roy and I are shocked to learn of “Dr Gjosund’s passing just today. He was our doctor in every sense of the word. Listening, helping, even laughing when the situation warranted.

    To say we will miss him is a gross understatement – his passing has left a hold in our hearts that will never been filled.

    Thank you Dr G – for everything – we love you pal –

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  39. Skip Rodrigues :

    Celia and family – I only heard about Walter’s passing while reminiscing about good times in McMurray. He was both my doctor and friend, and I’m truly sorry to hear about his passing away. My sincere condolences. – Skip.

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  40. Terry,Kyle &Keenan Peterson :

    Dear Celia and family
    It is with a very heavy heart we extend our deepest sympathy in the loss of your husband, father and grandfather. Dr G was an amazing Dr with a huge heart, a great sense of humor and compassion For his patients. We can only imagine what he was like with his family!It is beyond sadness to hear of his passing. We are all so sorry for your great loss and very sorry we were not aware sooner. there will NEVER be another Dr like you! Our prayersand thoughts are with you in this very difficult time.

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