November 28, 1923 – November 16, 2009
Dr. Ian Martin Gunn “Gunner”, of Calgary Alberta passed away peacefully on Monday, November 16, 2009.
Born at the Scottish Nursing Home in Calgary on November 28, 1923, to Dr. & Mrs. (Anna) John Nisbett Gunn, he attended Earl Grey School, Central High School and the University of Alberta before joining the Royal Canadian Navy in 1945.
After the war, Ian completed his studies at the University of Alberta, graduating from Medical School in 1950. He undertook his medical internship in Honolulu, Hawaii and returned to Calgary to practice Family Medicine at the General Hospital for over 45 years. His bedside manner was legendary as he had a way of focusing his total attention on each and every patient, regardless of the time or reason for the visit. Ian practiced medicine in a time when midnight house calls were common, and General Practitioners routinely delivered babies. Over 2,500 Albertans took their first breath in Ian’s hands. Ian’s love for life and adventure took him to many corners of Canada and the world, but his heart was always in Alberta. It was here he met Cathy, who he married in 1954, and they began their life together.
Ian was an avid outdoorsman who spent many hours with his father, sons, and friends hunting and fishing. He cherished his time duck hunting with his three sons, upland bird hunting with his friends on the Milk River Ridge, and trout fishing on the Ram River. Ian was a longstanding member of both the Calgary Golf and Country and the Glencoe Clubs. He was also an avid supporter and contributor to Ducks Unlimited and was a past member of the Kinsman Club of Calgary. He recently sponsored the creation of the Dr. Gunn Microscopy Lab at the Health Research Innovation Center in support of Kids Cancer Care.
Ian was predeceased by the love of his life, Cathy (nee Morrison) (1998), his daughter Anna Elizabeth (1974), and sisters Jeanette (Motter) and Catherine. Ian is lovingly remembered by his daughter Barbara, sons John (Holly), Rob (Susan) and Murray (Sandy), 13 loving grand-children ( Jennifer, Emily, Ian, David, Anna, Alex, Cameron, Cathy, Lindsay, Paul, Emma, Brian and Jill ) and numerous nieces and nephews.
Ian touched the lives of many and did everything he could for all of us. He was a remarkable husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, friend and Physician. He always had a smile and had a knack for making everyone around him laugh and feel good; even in his later years when he was not well. We will all miss his loving spirit very much.
Funeral Services will be held at Grace Presbyterian Church (1009 – 15th Avenue S.W.) on Saturday, November 28, 2009 at 2:00 pm. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dr. Gunn Microscopy Lab at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre, 1331 – 29 Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 4N2 Telephone: (403) 521-3433. The family is very grateful for the loving care received from the ‘angels’ at the Colonel Belcher as well as his special caregivers from Always Care.
In living memory of Dr. Ian Gunn, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403) 243-8200.