Douglas McKenzie Kerr Muir

MUIR, Douglas McKenzie Kerr, aged 87, died suddenly and peacefully on Wednesday, January 16th at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Comox. The staff there were excellent, and looked after him for two days.

Life. He was born in West Hartlepool, England, on March 7, 1925. His parents were Dr. John and Mrs. Margaret (nee Duke) Muir. He had an older brother Ian, who was a plastic surgeon in Aberdeen.

Education. He trained as a doctor at the Middlesex Hospital in London. He was a House Surgeon at West Hartlepool in 1951, and in the X-ray Department at the Middlesex Hospital in 1953. He came to Canada in 1955 and was a Radiologist in Regina, Saskatchewan until 1964. The family moved to Victoria, where he was a Radiologist at the Royal Jubilee Hospital and for six years was head of the department. He was there for 18 years and retired in 1982. He then did locums in Prince Rupert, Prince George, Comox, Nelson, Trinidad, and New Zealand.

Military Service. He was a medical officer in the Royal Air Force, Squadron Leader from 1949-1955; the Royal Canadian Air Force 1956-1959; the Royal Canadian Naval Reserve 1962-1969. He served as Surgeon Lieutenant on HMCS Queen and HMCS Malahat.

Family. Douglas married Brenda Wray in November 1949 in Kenilworth, England. She died in 1976. He leaves his daughter Janet (Michael), Megan; son Ian; son Alastair (Elan), Austin and Sarah; son Neil (Laurel) Fraser, James, and Mckenzie; son Andrew (Cindy), Bryce and Angela. He married Faith McNeel-Caird, a widow, on July 7, 1977. Her husband died in 1976. Her family: son William (Pam), Luke and Kurt; daughter Jane (Dennis), Melissa, Jenny and Tyler; daughter Fiona (Bob), Jillian, Cameron and Heather; daughter Shelagh (Rick), Owen and Justin. Faith has three great-granddaughters, Claire, Alyssa and Bailey.

He will be sadly missed by his wife and family. A memorial Service will be held on Saturday February 23 at 2:00 pm. St. Michael’s and All Angels Protestant Chapel on Military Row opposite the airport.

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