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CHISHOLM, Dr. Bill (W.M.), WWII Veteran

Having lived a long, successful and full life it is with sadness the family announces the passing of a loving husband, phenomenal father and friend on Friday October 26, 2018.

Born in Halifax, NS on September 28, 1921 at home. He is survived by his loving wife Jean; his beloved daughter Barbara and cherished son Richard of Calgary; and younger brother Dr. K. Gordon Chisholm of Vancouver. Bill was predeceased by his mother and father, Muriel Hebb Chisholm and Kenneth G. Chisholm (veteran of WWI) of Halifax; his sister Muriel (Tony) Pitt of Toronto; and his first wife, Phyllis Forsyth Chisholm McArthur of Calgary.

Bill attended Kings College in Nova Scotia, was an Army Cadet, rank of Captain. When war was declared, Bill joined as Firing Officer in the Canadian Army, 5th Canadian Division, Princess Patricia (Italy, N.W. Europe, and North Holland – Groningen) supporting Perth, CBH and Irish, from the period of July 22, 1941 to March 2, 1946. While waiting to get home from Italy, Bill, as the commanding officer, decided to pass the time by forming a band with his army-mates and played the local hotel where they were billeted. Bill had a life long love of the big band and swing era music.

After graduating from Dalhousie University, Faculty of Medicine (1952), Dr. Bill did three years post graduate study in surgery at Toronto’s Sick Kids and Wichita, Kansas. It was in Toronto Bill met Phyllis Forsyth. They settled in Phyllis’s home town of Calgary where Bill opened his private practice in 1956, with hospital privileges at The Holy Cross. Around the same time Bill joined the Canadian Army Medical Corps (Militia) and later became a Major in the Reserve Service.

Beginning in the early seventies, Bill pursued his interest in aviation. In 1974 he obtained a Certificate in Aviation Medicine from Farnborough, England according him Aviation Medical Examiner, later serving as President of the Canadian Society of Aviation Medicine. He obtained his private pilot’s license from Springbank serving as Vice-President of the Calgary Flying Club.

Bill was Chief Medical Officer for Air Canada, Pacific Western Airlines, the CNR and a Department of Transport Medical Examiner along with being appointed Medical Doctor for several private and public companies. Bill was The Calgary Exhibition and Stampede Medical Doctor from 1967-1992. Dr. Bill’s long time office address was the penthouse of Academy Medical building. If his patients could climb the last flight of stairs without becoming out of breath, they were considered to have past one test successfully. A large part of Bill’s practice were house calls any time of day or night. Dr. Bill was a lifetime member of the College of Physicians and Surgeons and served a term as Chief of Staff at the Holy Cross Hospital.

Bill was a proud member of the Calgary Golf and Country Club, The Glencoe Club and The Waegwoltic Club, Halifax. A life time golfer and flyer, Bill also had a long and lasting love of the outdoors beginning with treks to the family cottage at Grand Lake, NS, continuing with wonderful years at Bar KC near Bragg Creek, following with an acreage at Priddis and time in Okotoks. Bill enjoyed sailing when on his visits back to his home province.

Bill’s retirement included many winters in the Camelback area of Scottsdale with Jean where they played a lot of golf and enjoyed the sun.

The family would like to thank the nurses and support staff of Rockyview General Hospital, Unit 73.

If there is a desire to donate, please consider the Tom Baker Cancer Centre Telephone: 1 (866) 412-4222. or The Royal Canadian Legion North Calgary Local 264 Telephone: 403-283-5264.

“The wearing of a poppy is both a show of respect for our war dead and a quiet tribute to all who served. Nothing less, nothing more”, Bill Chisholm.

Following cremation, a private Family service will be held.

In living memory of Dr. Chisholm, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park.

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  1. Jean and family:
    May your precious memories allow Bill to live forever in your hearts and bring you close together at such a sad time. I remember Bill as a very nice man who always asked me how I was, and waited for my answer. My thoughts are with you all.

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  2. Joan (Rodbourne) Barlow

    Jean, Richard & Barb:
    My thoughts are with you at this sad time. I worked for Dr. C. for ten years at Academy Medical and Academy Place as his secretary. I have many fond memories of the years spent working for Dr. C. and when I left to have my first child, it was one of the hardest things that I have had to do. We kept in touch with annual telephone calls and he was always interested in how my family was doing. My sympathy is with you and your families.

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  3. Barb and Richard, thoughts are with you at this sad time. What an amazing and full life Uncle Bill had. Lots of childhood memories of our big family gatherings at Christmas time as well as going to see Dr Bill when he was our family doctor. Hope your thoughts shift from sadness to good memories in the coming days.

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  4. My thoughts are with you at this sad time.In time may fond memories overcome Your sadness.

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  5. Karen Korchinski

    My heart goes out to Barbara, Richard, family and friends of Dr. Bill.

    I am privileged to have known him as a friend and I wish I had known him much longer.

    In my mind, he was and always will be like the quintessential Hollywood Movie Star. The Dashing Doctor with his ever-present mischievous glint in his eyes; pencil thin moustache; convertible cars; planes; music playing in the background (Ol’ Blue-Eyes, Tommy Dorsey); headed toward a bespoke and welcoming summer retreat; a perfect summer’s day of golf, all the while helping anyone and everyone he could with the best of his ability & empathy.

    Dr. Bill was incredibly kind, smart, funny, caring, adventurous, gracious and loving. He was nothing less than a true Gentleman. I don’t think I ever heard him speak an ill word about anyone or anything in the almost 30 years that I’ve known him. He thoroughly and completely embraced the silver lining of life.

    “An Honest man here lies at rest
    As e’er God with his image blest;
    The friend of man, the friend of truth,
    The friend of age, and guide of youth:
    Few hearts like his, with virtue warm’d,
    Few heads with knowledge so inform’d:
    If there’s another world, he lives in bliss,
    If there is none, he made the best of this.”
    – Robert Burns

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  6. Dear Jean and Family: Please accept our deepest sympathies on the passing of Bill. Uncle Tom often spoke of him about his times at Grand Lake. Tom and Hai Choo Smith

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