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ROSALES, José Kalalo

August 23, 1922 – August 20, 2011

José K. Rosales MD FRCP(C), beloved husband of Leonila (Nell) Rosales of Montreal and recently Calgary, passed away on August 20, 2011 following a brief illness at the age of 88 years.

Dr. Rosales is survived by his beloved wife, Nell de la Costa Rosales, two daughters, Virginia of Boston and Victoria (Robert Marr) and two grand daughters, Samantha and Abigail of Calgary. He was predeceased by a son, Roberto. Other relatives include José O. Rosales and his family of Toronto. He is also survived by dear friends, Dr. Earl and Mrs. Mary Wynands, Dr. Concessa Matias, Dr. and Mrs. Rafaat Hannallah and Dr. Luis Cuadrado.

José had a long and distinguished career as a pediatric anesthesiologist. He was an outstanding clinician, teacher, researcher and administrator. He obtained his medical degree from the University of Santo Tomas, Manila in 1949. He trained in Philadelphia, Boston and London, England and moved to Montreal in 1956 where he was successful at obtaining a resident position in the McGill Department of Anesthesiology chaired by Professor Harold R. Griffith. He later became an Attending Staff at the Montreal Children’s Hospital, where he excelled in the care of very sick pediatric patients. Open-heart surgery had just been introduced and he quickly became an expert in the anesthetic management of this extremely high risk surgery. He was also highly regarded for his expertise in managing infants who had severe breathing problems. His approach was unique at that time and he made teaching films and videos, which received awards at the Annual Meeting of The Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society.

In 1966, he was appointed Chief of Anesthesiology at the Montreal Children’s Hospital and held the position for seventeen years. During part of that time he was also the Chief of Anesthesia at the Shriners’ Hospital. He was the first Filipino anesthesiologist to be appointed to the Anesthesia Examination Board of The Royal College. José was an avid public speaker and also published extensively, having authored and coauthored scientific papers and textbook chapters.

In 1983, he became Chief of the Department of Pediatric Anesthesia at the then named IWK Hospital for Children in Halifax. Under his leadership, the Department was significantly transformed. He was not only the driving force behind a thorough modernization of the clinical services, but he was also instrumental in laying the foundations of an academic department. Upon his retirement, the department named their library after him.

José however had difficulty after retirement with multiple health issues. The family thanks those who took great care of him over the years, namely: Drs. Crelinsten, Dean, Vaktor, Matouk and his long time friend, Dr. Bill Novick. The family wishes to express their gratitude and appreciation to the dedicated doctors and nursing staff at the Foothills Medical Centre who took care of him during his recent illness.

José always told his relatives and friends that his extremely successful professional career would not have happened without the great assistance he received from his wife Nell and his daughters Jinny and Vicky.

Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Calgary on Friday, August 26, 2011. Forward condolences through In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Dr. Rosales for the J.K. Rosales Library at the Pediatric Anesthesia Department of the IWK Health Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia and sent to: The Office of External Relations, MacDonald Building, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3H 4R2.

In living memory of José Rosales, MD, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, CALGARY, AB T2E 2V6 Telephone: 1-800-661-1599.

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  1. Bambi and Beth Concon :

    Dear Tita Nell, Jinny and Vicky

    Our daily prayers are with your family and may God be with you.
    With Heartfelt Sympathy
    Bambi, Beth,Thed and Kasey

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  2. Dave, Susan, Josh and Mikala Schock :

    To Tita Nell, Jinny, Vicky, Rob, Sam and Abby,

    Our deepest condolences on the loss of Tito Joe. He will be remembered for love of his family and his passion for his work. He is in a special place now with Bobby and they are watching over all of you. Our love to all.

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  3. Julian Rosales :

    My deepest condolences to my Aunt Nell and cousins, Jinny and Vicky.

    I’m so glad that I had spent such precious and valuable time with him. My father would have been so happy to know our time spent together. It took so long to finally meet my Uncle Pepito; I wish I still had more time with him.

    He will be greatly missed.


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  4. Mike and Tina Concon :

    Dear Tita Nell and family,

    Please accept our heartfelt condolences. May you find peace and comfort in knowing that his loss is felt by all who knew and loved him.

    Our prayers are with you,

    Mike and Tina

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  5. Lizette Taylor :

    Vicky and family,
    Our most deepest sympathy for your loss, may God bless you and comfort you in this time of need.
    The Taylor Family

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  6. Dr, Vicente & Alicia Somera :

    Vicky & Family

    Our deepest sympathy on the loss of a very special and dedicated Father. May you take comfort in knowing all the children he helped. God Bless You.

    The Somera Family

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  7. Victoria and Family,

    We are saddened by the news of the loss of your father. We will pray for you and your family during this difficult time.

    May God bless you and your family.

    The Choy Family in Ottawa
    (Ray, Lisa, Mady & Kiki)

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  8. Dr.Bill Novick :

    Dear Nell-
    I was saddened to hear about Jose’s passing. We first met in 1956 and it was easy to become friends with him. I had a great deal of respect for him on both a personal and professional level. I was happy to be able to be off some help to him–Best wishes–Dr.Bill Novick

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  9. Christine Lengvari :

    Dear Family Rosales
    You may not remember me, I grew up at 59 Banstead Rd in Montreal West and I remember your family well. We left in 1972, I cannot remember if you were still there. I loved my youth there and remember many of my neighbours.
    I wish you comfort in your time of grief.
    Christine Lengvari

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  10. Emily Rosales and Diane Marin :

    Dear Tita Nell and family,

    Our sincerest condolences for your loss. Our only wish is that this time of sadness brings you all even closer. May you have happy memories of all the times you had together.

    I was glad I was able to chat briefly (even it is was by MSN) before he moved. I will miss him — Tio Pepito and Tita Nell were the only family I had here in Montreal…and I loved how his voice reminded me of my dad’s. I hope they are enjoying each other’s company in heaven!

    You are in our thoughts and prayers,


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  11. I was so sorry to hear of Jose’s passing. Elliot was so very fond of him both as a person and mentor. Both of us enjoyed working with him at the Montreal Childrens. Both he and Nell were very kind to us when we got married. My sincere condolences to your family. Love Sue Rhine

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  12. Raafat and isis Hannallah :

    Dear Nell, Vicky and Jinny:

    We were indeed saddened by the passing of José. He was a great teacher, clinician, mentor, colleague and friend. I still remember the day he convinced me to start training in Pediatric Anesthesia at the Montreal Children’s Hospital forty years ago. He will be missed by all. Our sincerest condolences. Raafat and Isis Hannallah

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