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.