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Dr. Ronald S. Sears: In Memorial


Dr. Ronald S. Sears: In Memorial

Dr Sears passed away earlier this morning in Lindsay, City of Kawartha Lakes.

While studying for a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Toronto, Dr. Sears considered a career in medicine after taking a part-time job in one of the school’s labs. Although initially denied entry to medical school, he persisted and worked full-time in the lab until he was accepted.

Upon graduating in 1968, Dr. Sears moved to Lindsay to work with Dr. Peter Gill. Not long afterwards, he followed a friend to Newfoundland to practice. He returned to Lindsay in 1975 to take over the practice of a retiring physician.

In 1986, having taken administration courses, Dr. Sears accepted the position of Vice President, Medical at the Lions Gate Hospital in North Vancouver and moved to British Columbia. He moved to Toronto in 1990 after accepting the position of Vice President, Medical Services at Toronto East General Hospital. In 1993, he returned to Lindsay and took over the practice of Dr. Peter Gill.

Upon return to Lindsay, Ontario Dr. Sears stated:

“Both positions at Lions Gate Hospital and at Toronto East General Hospital provided me with the opportunity to develop and strengthen my experience in medical administration and hospital management,” explained Dr. Sears. “I enjoyed these roles, however, always felt that I would return to Lindsay at some time. The opportunity to return came up in 1993 and I made the move back into practice. I’ve been back for nine years and I’m here to stay.”

Dr. Sears was the Vice President of the Medical Staff and served on Ross Memorial Hospital’s Board of Governors. He has also represented the medical staff on the Ross Memorial Hospital Foundation’s Board of Directors for more than five years.

His 40-plus-year career in healthcare has literally taken him across Canada.

Dr. Sears was once quoted:

“I’ve always loved medicine and this was a good way to keep my finger in it.”

“I’ve had a good run of it. Most doctors don’t retire at 65. Lots of them work into their 70s. I guess that’s all we know how to do,”

Ron enjoyed his family, the Salvation Army, the Liberal Party, the arts, music, fine wine, dinners out with family and friends, reading, photography, community service and travelling.  “When you travel with Sigs, you travelled first class.”

May he rest in peace as he joins his son Ronnie who we lost several years ago.

Dr. Ron Sears leaves behind his wife, Sue, five children, and six grand children. He will be deeply missed.

  1. Gail Thomassen #

    Dr. Sears was an amazing asset to the Ross. His passion for professional care and a wonderful sense of humour will be missed by all who knew him.
    My deepest sympathy to all of his family.
    Gail Thomassen

    December 28, 2013
  2. Marsha Coombs(Pedersen) #

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time and the loss of Ron. He will always have a special place in my heart as I have know him my whole life with his close friendship with my dad. ( Dr Blenos Pedersen). Say hi to dad Ron and I am sure there is a great Salvation band in heaven as well for you to join. Thoughts and prayers to Sue and your family at this time.

    December 29, 2013
  3. Dr David Kazhila #

    Thanks Russell, for the informative orbituary of our dear colleague Ron.
    I will miss Ron’s friendly disposition and smile. He was always willing to help those in need…patients or fellow staff alike.He was Chief of Staff when I joined the Ross in 2004, and we worked closely together when i became Chief of Medicine.
    Ron was a wonderful clinician and tactful adminstrator, steadfast in his work, very understanding and supportive to his fellow physicians and staff. We’ve lost a wonderful colleague.
    We shall miss him greatly, MHSRIP.

    December 29, 2013
  4. Susanne (Dunk) Edwards #

    Dear Sue and Family
    Please accept my heart felt condolences. Ron was a great guy, to work with as well as a friend. All my prayers and thoughts are with you and yours.
    Susanne Edwards

    December 29, 2013
  5. Dave and Lisa Parsons #

    Dave and I are deeply saddened to hear of the loss of Ron. We had the pleasure to meet and really enjoyed his wonderful demeanour, and sense of humour. Our heart goes out to the entire family at this time. Take Care of one another.
    Dave and Lisa Parsons

    December 30, 2013

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