July 2, 1913 – February 2, 2013
Dr. Maxwell (Max) Grinstein, beloved husband of Burdene, passed away peacefully on February 2, 2013 at the age of 99. He was predeceased by his first wife Jekka in 1970.
Max was born in Montreal on July 2, 1913, to Hyman and Eta. He was the youngest of their six children. He graduated from Queen’s University in Kingston with a Bachelor of Arts degree but with a keen interest in medicine and determination he set forth to London, England. Despite the struggles of the depression and World War II, he attended the Middlesex Hospital Medical School and graduated with a degree in Medicine in 1947. He interned at St. Giles Hospital in London, England and then worked in general practice there from 1948 to 1953.
He returned to Canada in 1953 and set up his general practice office in Calgary. He was appointed to the medical staff of the Calgary General, Holy Cross and Salvation Army Grace Hospitals (with a term as president of the medical staff and head of family practice at the Grace), the Rockyview General Hospital, Peter Lougheed Centre and the Colonel Belcher Hospital. In addition, he served on the medical staff of the Cross Bow, Sarcee, Glenmore Park and the Dr. Vernon Fanning Auxiliary Hospitals, the George Boyack Nursing Home and the Bethany Care Centre (with a term as president of the medical staff and chief of staff at the Bethany). In 1989 he closed his family practice office and devoted the remainder of his medical career to working as a surgical assistant in the operating rooms of the various local hospitals.
He was granted life membership by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of the Province of Alberta and by the Canadian Medical Protective Association. Max felt fortunate to have had a professional career that he truly loved and devoted himself to his patients. He was an esteemed colleague and friend to many of his peers.
Max had a sharp wit, great sense of humor and an ability to entertain with stories of his past. He was an accomplished musician and read medical journals and books with zest. He was an avid reader of the Calgary Herald and sent many letters to the editor, first under the name “Felix” Grinstein and later under his own name. In later years, nothing pleased him more than to pick up the paper and see his letter in print!
Max, anticipating his parting, recently wrote: “I am most grateful to the health professionals and to my good friends who were always so helpful. Thank you, thank you, thank you. And remember to keep well”.
At Max’s request, there will be no service, memorial donations or flowers please.
A private tribute was held in his honor. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.
In living memory of Dr. Maxwell Grinstein, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.Print This Obituary & Condolences