Marcos P. Villanueva M.D.
April 25, 1930 – February 22, 2008
A loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, and physician, Marc passed away on February 22, 2008 at the age of 77.
Marc leaves a legacy to his children and grandchildren of selfless dedication to the care of others. Born in the Philippines, Marc earned his medical degree at St. Thomas University in Manila in 1956.
During this time, Marc worked as a volunteer medic helping the underprivileged and needy. In 1957 he immigrated to the U.S., and he interned in Chicago Ill. He then trained in internal medicine, cardiology,
and general pediatrics. It was in Chicago where he met Aurora, the love of his life.
Marc and Aurora spent several years moving throughout the U.S., as they made their way West. Stops included San Antonio Texas, California, and eventually Victoria B.C. After a few years at Veterans Hospital in Victoria, they made a trip to the North Island, and chose to settle in Comox with their two children Marc and Patty. It was at St. Joseph’s hospital that he began his long career, working until his retirement
In 1968, he started the first Intensive Care Unit in the North Island, and devoted is life to the medical needs of the community. He worked long tireless hours, and was willing to come to the hospital at any hour.
In addition to his duties at St. Josephs, he was a consultant to the Base Hospital for 19 Wing Comox. He was also a member of the medical staff at the Cumberland Health Centre. In 1970 he interned for one year at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, specializing in Internal Medicine. For many years, Marc was the only internal specialist in the Comox Valley, and he used his brilliant mind and gifted hands to constantly help the sick and the elderly. Recognized nationally for his work, in 1996 he was installed as a senior member of the Canadian Medical Association.
Marc’s hobbies included fishing, tennis and skiing, and in his short retirement before a severe stroke, Marc enjoyed walks along the beach at the Spit, and was a voracious reader.
Marc is survived by his wife Aurora, son Marc (Tracey), daughter Patty (Greg), and six grandchildren, Maya, Cam, Alia, Reghan, Lucas, and Leyton.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Christ the King Roman Catholic Church on Thursday, February 28th, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. with Father Paul Murphy celebrant. Arrangements entrusted to COMOX VALLEY FUNERAL HOME, CREMATION & RECEPTION CENTRE, 1101 RYAN ROAD, COURTENAY.
In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Intensive Care unit at St. Josephs Hospital, or Extended Care, where he spent the past two years, in the care of the loving staff of OceanView.