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Dr. Aubrey Groll

GROLL, Dr. Aubrey - Passed away peacefully at Kingston General Hospital on Thursday, February 22nd after a short hospitalization. He was born February 20th, 1934 in Somerset West, South Africa to parents Harold and Ray Groll. Deeply loved by his wife Lucille, their children Dianne (Mike Hill), Colette (Howie Kim), Rachelle (Corey Spracklin), and Daniel (Emily Carroll), and grandchildren Andrew, Ben, Rachel, Evan, Spencer, Hanna, Jacob, James, Eleanor, and Aubin, all who knew him simply as “Abba.” Abba was also deeply loved by nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews, and he, in turn, loved having so many young people in his life. Aubrey graduated in Medicine from The University of Cape Town in 1956. In 1965, he and Lucille moved to Birmingham, Alabama for Aubrey to do a fellowship with Dr. Basil Hirschowitz, the inventor of the endoscope. After a fortuitous meeting with Dr Leslie Valberg at the American Gastroenterology Association in Chicago in 1966, Aubrey was offered a job at the Faculty of Medicine Queen’s University and at Kingston General Hospital. On Canada’s 100th birthday (July 1st, 1967) Aubrey and Lucille immigrated to Canada across the Thousand Islands Bridge. In 1988 he was elected president of The Canadian Association of Gastroenterologists and received the Distinguished Service Award from the CAG in 2000. A devoted teacher, Aubrey was recognized for his outstanding clinical teaching by Queen’s medical students who awarded him the WT Connell Award for three successive years and his colleagues presented him the Distinguished Faculty Award in 1996. Upon his retirement, the Faculty of Medicine established the Groll Prize in Clinical Studies for a student who demonstrates “exemplary interpersonal communication skills with patients.” Aubrey was a compassionate physician, always listening carefully and showing great empathy, often sharing his emotions with patients and families at difficult times. He was a teacher until the end: when he was admitted to hospital last week, a student phlebotomist was tasked with putting in an IV. After a few failed attempts to place the needle, the student said to her supervisor “I can’t do it.” Aubrey encouraged her to try one more time. When she successfully inserted the IV he said, “You see? You need to just keep trying.” Aubrey was a devoted member of Beth Israel Congregation where he served as president multiple times. A regular attendee at Saturday services, Aubrey took great solace in reciting the liturgy and singing songs that he once sang with his brothers Cyril and Sidney, growing up in his home town of Somerset West. He and Lucille travelled the world, venturing to the Highlands of Scotland as recently as this past October. His favorite spot, however, was his beloved cottage on Desert Lake where he rode around the lake in his Boston Whaler, sat on the deck with family and friends, and embarked on various improvement projects. Above all, Aubrey was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. His characteristic lightness, “horsey-rides,” silly songs, and famous malapropisms are the stuff of family lore. He will be dearly missed. Funeral Service at Beth Israel Congregation, 116 Centre Street, Kingston, K7L 4E6 on Sunday, February 25, 2018 at 12 noon. Interment will follow at Beth Israel Cemetery. The family will receive friends at their home, 246 Alwington Place, on Monday, February 26th until Wednesday, February 28th from 1 pm until 5 pm. For those wishing donations to Groll Prize in Clinical Studies, Faculty of Medicine, Queen’s University, UHKF – Honouring Nurses of the ICU or Beth Israel Congregation, 116 Centre Street, Kingston, K7L 4E6. Online condolences at www.gftompkinscentral.ca13255553
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Posted by Dalhia chiche more (Student) On Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Dr groll was the teacher i remember who cared, taught, boosted my confidence and showed me how it is possible to be busy and have time, to teach and listen, and to challenge and encourage. May his soul rest in peace.
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Posted by Franklin lewkowitz (Student) On Thursday, February 28, 2019
I just learned of his passing today , despite the delay I would like his family to know how deeply appreciated his extreme kindness to me and my wife while I was a fellow at kgh. We felt we had family in Kingston with Aubrey and still think of him often with respect and fondness

Our best regards

Frank and karen Lewkowitz

Wonderful Physician
Posted by Kelly Schwartz (former Patient) On Thursday, March 8, 2018
Dr. Groll Diagnosed my Crohn's disease when I was 18 years old.

It had been missed but he caught it.

I am now 59 years old and have never forgotten his kindness and very fatherly approach when he told me of my diagnosis.

I have lived a good life because of his caring and advise and by God's grace have never been to the OR.

What a wonderful and distinguished career. I really had no idea.

It was a life well lived.

Please accept my condolences.

So sorry to lose him...
Posted by Winston Siegel (Friend, Former Neighbour) On Monday, March 5, 2018
In the 70s i lived next door and babysat Lucille's / Aubrey's kids, played with Ringo the cocker spaniel, and Aubrey would sometimes take me to his new parcel of land to help him dig and clean brush. I always enjoyed that. I was 15 and he said i should call him Aubrey (Not Dr Groll) -- that meant we were friends, age not a factor. He was always warm, funny, nice to be around! Glad we had dinner a few years ago with Lucille, Dave, Aviva! It was nice to reconnect -- he was still funny.
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Posted by Mark Siegel (Former neighbour and acquaintance) On Monday, March 5, 2018
Just learned of Aubrey's passing and want to give my condolences to Lucille and family. Many years back my family grew up right next door to Aubrey and Lucille on Watts Crescent in Kingston. I have fond memories of Aubrey from that time. He was even my father's Dr during his bout with terminal cancer - and my mother told the story of how Aubrey cried when he presented dad with the bad news. He was a very special person.

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