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O’NEIL, Agnes Jane Eagles MD, DPH, FRCP

July 28, 1919 – January 15, 2013

Agnes O’Neil of Cochrane passed away on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at the age of 93 years.

Agnes was born in Owen Sound, ON, attending public schools in Owen Sound and Toronto. She graduated High School from Harbord Collegiate Institute in 1937 and went to the University of Toronto where she graduated with a Doctor of Medicine degree in 1943. Agnes moved to Vancouver to take an internship and a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Vancouver General Hospital. In Vancouver Agnes’ passion for humanity and family values grew as she became Director of Health Unit #1, Metropolitan Health Committee, Vancouver and she began her family. In 1949 she moved with her young family to Calgary and devoted her time to her family while continuing to work part time for the City of Calgary Health Unit. In 1954 Agnes earned a Diploma in Public Health (DPH) from the University of Toronto. From 1954 to 1960 she was Assistant Medical Officer of Health for the City of Calgary Health Unit. Following from 1961 to 1963 she started up and was Director and Chief Medical Officer at the Big Country Health Unit. She returned to Calgary as Assistant Medical Officer of Health from 1963 to 1975, and as Acting Medical Officer in 1973 and 1974. She moved to Drumheller as Director and Chief Medical Officer from 1975 to retirement in 1984. Agnes was one of the founders of the Calgary Association for Responsible Parenthood (Now the Calgary Birth Control Association). A charter board member of the Family Panning Federation of Canada and an honorary life member of the Family Life Education Council.

Agnes is survived by her sons; Robert (Dianne) of Calabogie, ON, David (Wanda) of Cochrane and Albert (Bondalee) of Bearspaw; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Crowfoot Chapel (82 Crowfoot Circle N.W.), on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Agnes O’Neil, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: (403) 241-0044.

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  1. Betty Bywater :

    I met Agnes through my parents Ed and Dora Foo. I cannot recall how they even knew one another but I always enjoyed visiting with her, She had a vibrant energy about her and took an interest in our two sons and always inquired about their musical interests through junior high and high school. If I recall correctly she had granddaughters of similar age who were also musicians.

    After my parents passed on, we would meet for lunch or dinner annually to catch up until the time when she moved to Cochrane. After that we communicated mostly through Christmas cards. I’m glad I phoned and spoke with her briefly this past fall.

    To all of her family, I send my sincere sympathy.
    Agnes was a wonderful lady and she truly touched my life. She will always be connected to memories of my parents.

    What a beautiful difference one single life made.

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  2. I’m so sorry for your loss. What a wonderful woman she was. I’m sorry I will not be able to get to the funeral. I have several medical appointments starting on the 24th (nothing serious, just long waiting lists) so I need to stay close to home. My thoughts will be with you.

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  3. Don & Linda. Snow :

    Robert, David & Albert:
    My father, Dr. CM Snow worked with your kind and caring Mother at The City of Calgary’s medical Dental Clinic for many years. I’ll always remember her gentle and supportive approach to family medicine and family supoort in Calgary. Our sympathies!
    Don & Linda Snow

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  4. I would like to express my deepest condolences and sympathy to your family. Agnes and I were friends for many years and we enjoyed attending classical concerts together. I will miss her.
    Hana Sebek

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  5. David and Wanda,
    Condolences and sympathy to you and your family on the loss of your Mom.
    Shirley

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  6. Mary Lou Charles :

    I was a Public Health Nurse when Dr. O’Neil was Assistant Medical Officer of Health for The City of Calgary Health Department. It was a pleasure working with her. My sincere sympathy to the family.
    Mary Lou Charles

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