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John Duncan Webb Hunter

HUNTER, John Duncan Webb - MB, BS, FRCS (C) - Died at home, of metastatic prostate cancer on Tuesday 17th May 2016 at the age of 82. Husband of Audrey (nee Craig); Father of Duncan (Lindsey Patterson), Victoria (Andrew Blakelock) and Giles (Nicole Conduit). Grandfather of: Finlay, Seamus, Eirlys and Madeline. He was born in London, England, lived for a time in Ilesha, Nigeria and was educated at Great Walstead School (Sussex) and the Leys School (Cambridge). He qualified as a doctor at the London Hospital. He enjoyed a rich and varied professional life as: General Practitioner (Surrey, England); Medical Officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force (Winnipeg & Gypsumville, Manitoba); Associate Professor of Obstetrics & Gynaecology at McMaster University (Hamilton); Director of Community Medicine, Grenfell Regional Health Services (St. Anthony, Newfoundland & Labrador); and Chief of Staff, West Lincoln Memorial Hospital, (Grimsby, Ontario). He was active in retirement and enjoyed wood-working, boat-building, growing vegetables and paddling his own kayaks on Sydenham Lake. Throughout his illness, he remained the person that he always had been: kind, careful, optimistic and infinitely curious. He was deeply grateful for the social interactions and care that he received from: Dr. Chris Booth, Dr. Ray Viola, Kristi, Johanne, Michelle, Tammy and the reception staff at the Cancer Centre of Eastern Ontario at Kingston General Hospital. His family would like to thank Dr. Natalie Kondor and Dr. Nancy Luong along with the nurses from St. Elizabeth Health Care, especially Carolyn Abrams, for helping him die peacefully at home with his family. Donations to the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum ( in Mount Hope or McNally House Hospice ( in Grimsby, Ontario. Well-wishers are invited to a reception at the JAMES REID FUNERAL HOME at 1900 John Counter Blvd. (entering from the back parking lot reception centre doors) on Friday, 20th May 2016 between the hours of 4-6 pm. On-line messages of condolence may be sent to A gathering for him will be held at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in June.13058337
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A Kind and Gentle Man
Posted by Angie and Ken Corfield of Grimsby (Friend) On Tuesday, June 14, 2016
I was John's Medical Secretary at WLMH. My husband Ken and I thought of him as a dear friend. His compassion and caring for his patients was second to none, and always made time for them. He was a wonderful doctor, and an equally wonderful man. Our deepest condolences to his family.
Caring , wonderful doctor
Posted by Geraldine Vanluik (Former patient) On Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Dr Hunter delivered my daughter by emergency c section. As a big tear rolled down my cheek he wiped it away, looked me in the eye and said " you have nothing to worry about, your in good hand's". And he was right! Condolences to the family.
A dear man
Posted by Mark Davison (neighbour) On Thursday, May 26, 2016
I was a neighbour to the Hunters in Winnipeg from 1967-8.Duncan and Victoria were my 2 best friends then. I have great memories of their Dad and Mum too. Dear Dr. Hunter was a kind, patient and generous man. 48 years later I still remember him fondly. A BRG MGB with 2 adults in the front and 3 kids and a dog in the back comes to mind as I write this! Blessings and prayers, Mark Davison
Posted by Tom Suhadolc (colleague) On Sunday, May 22, 2016
I knew John as an anesthetist working with him in the OR and as a family doc delivering babies. He was invariably calm under pressure, focussed on the patient and a great source of inspiration (and wit)to those he worked with. He has been sorely missed from the moment he retired. He is the kind of doctor that many of us strive to be but fall short of...
Fond Memories
Posted by Cari Reed (colleague) On Friday, May 20, 2016
As a family physician, I worked with John in the OR for a few years at WLMH. I learned something from him every time we shared a surgical case. He always showed utmost kindness, compassion, respect and patience with everyone around him. He is thought of and spoken about often at WLMH.

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