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HUNTER, JOHN MURRAY M.D., FRCSC, FACS

March 27, 1934 – May 20, 2010

Dr. John Hunter died Thursday, May 20, 2010 at the age of 76 years.

Born in Neepawa Manitoba, he was the son of the late Murray and Edith Hunter of Calgary. John is survived by his wife Joanne; sons Geoffrey, Calgary and Tim (Fiona), Bermuda; grandchildren Jack and Isabelle; and his sister Judy (Guy) MacLean, Halifax. John received his medical training at the University of Alberta, specialized in orthopaedics, and did residencies in Montreal, Philadelphia and Toronto. He was an Assistant Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Calgary from the inception of the Medical School earning a fine reputation as a clinical teacher to residents in orthopaedic surgery. He was on the orthopaedic surgery staff at the Rockyview, Foothills and Alberta Children’s Hospitals. He was an enthusiastic athlete competing in football, basketball, tennis and track and had a true passion for hockey. He skied with the Skimeisters and played in the Hamburger Hockey League. He continued his love of sports volunteering as one of the Team Doctors for the National Men’s and Women’s Downhill Ski Teams. A love of his craft and a dedication to his family mark John’s life and, having grown up imbibed with the lore of the Hudson’s Bay Company from his father, he had an abiding interest in the history and culture of Western Canada. Beloved by his family, he was to his friends, as Samuel Johnson once said, “a very clubbable man”. Flowers are respectfully declined, however, if friends so desire a donation can be made on John’s behalf to the John Hunter Memorial Fund at the University of Calgary (uofcgiving@ucalgary.ca).

Funeral Services will be held at Christ Church Elbow Park (3602 – 8th Street S.W.) on Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of John Hunter, 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.

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  1. Madelene Krokom :

    Dear Joanne,

    Please accept my deepest condolences on the death of your husband, John, and know that you are in my thoughts and prayers today and in the weeks ahead.

    In Sympathy,
    Madelene Krokom

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  2. Sheila Kary :

    Sincere sympathy and prayers to the family of Dr. Hunter. Say not in grief he is no more, but live in thankfulness that he was. Thoughts and prayers from the Kary family (Desmond, Rosie, June (Agnes), Sheila, Maureen and Michael.

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  3. Dear Joanne, Geoffrey and Tim,
    When I read the obituary notice in the Herald, I thought how remarkable John was and how many people were touched and helped by him over his lifetime, myself included. You must be so proud of him! He was such a fine man and he loved you all so much.
    I am sorry I could not be with you tomorrow as you commemorate and celebrate his life, but I will be with you in spirit.
    You are in my thoughts and in my heart. My deepest sympathy to all of you for your loss.

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  4. Greg Abelseth :

    My condolences for the loss of John. I have good memories of him both as a teacher and a colleague.
    In Sympathy,
    Greg Abelseth

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  5. Mary Lou Bienefeld (poole) :

    Dear Joanne,

    I was truly sorry to hear from my brother the sad news about my eldest cousin John. Even though our paths only crossed once as adults, Judy and my brother filled me in on his children and the successes of all of you. I have such nice memories of this older, very handsome cousin who still bothered to listen to me when I was at such an awkward age.

    At this very difficult time , I hope you gain strength
    from all your friends and family and the funny and kind stories they can share with you. You are certainly in my thoughts.

    All the very best,
    Mary Lou Bienefeld

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  6. Judy McMurtry :

    Dear Joanne and family:

    Warm memories come to mind about our
    ski trip together many years ago. While
    our paths haven’t crossed lately, I am
    sorry to hear about John’s passing.
    Please accept my sincere condolences.
    Judy McMurtry

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  7. September 2010
    Dear Joanne
    I stumbled across this – such a shock. You and John were so kind and generous to me when I was nannying for you. I remember you all with such fondness. Thinking of you. My deepest sympathy to you all.
    Margaret White, Sydney Australia

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  8. Maria Alcantara :

    It is with a very heavy heart that just now, I read of the passing of Dr. Hunter. He was our doctor since the 1970’s until he retired. He was our go-to doctor for every little (and big) pain we had. He saw me through all my track and field mishaps and my mother was his first surgery patient. As well, my father helped build his house and would come home praising his down to earth attitude. After all these years we continue to miss him, his humour, his wonderful caring. Our sincerest condolences to you all. May he rest in Peace.

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