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Dr. Colin Hardie

Dr. Colin David Hardie

Friday, February 23rd, 1934 - Saturday, July 18th, 2020
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Hardie, Doctor Colin David Feb 23, 1934 - July 18, 2020. After a long life well lived it is with tremendous sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Colin, at home, surrounded by his family.

Predeceased by parents Jack and Nelly, a tender husband of 60 years to Mary, devoted brother to Sandy (Isobel), a wonderful father to Stephen (Kim) and Johanne (Felix), an loving grandfather to Katie (Rob), Mark (Cheree), Felix, and Emma, 3 Great grandchildren, and many wonderful nieces, nephews and blended family.
Born on Feb 23rd 1934 in Motherwell Scotland, Colin spent his early years working in his Fathers pub and honing his golf skills at St. Andrews, (handicap 2), with his brother Sandy. After completing his medical degree at Glasgow University he met a lovely young nurse, doing the hula hoop, named Mary. They fell in love and 60 years later, this August, he has left a legacy of grand and great grandchildren who adore him.

Colin came to Canada as a flight lieutenant in the RCAF between 1959-1965. He served at the Institute of Aviation Medicine researching acceleration and gravitational physiology for Voodoo Jets. He moved the family West to B.C. for a time to serve as the medical director of the Comox Airforce Base Hospital, then East again to earn his Degree at U of T for Public health and Occupational Health Medicine. Colin found ultimate fulfillment in pioneering programs in this burgeoning field, first with Bell Telephone and finally with BC Telephone, where he enjoyed many years of Award-winning excellence as the Medical Director. It was important to Colin to pass on his knowledge as a lecturer at UBC, BCIT and mentoring the nurses and doctors that worked alongside him.
Golf was a passion throughout his life and his partners will recall that he always wanted to T off at the crack of dawn when the dew was still sparkling on the greens. He was a quiet man, cultivating many close friends and colleagues over the years. Colin was an avid skier and Whistler BC became a second home since 1973. Ultimately, he retired to Whistler and welcomed family and friends to visit as often as possible. Birdwatcher, hiker, world traveller or just admiring the resident squirrels and mountains from the deck with a G&T, Colin and his loving wife Mary enjoyed life to its fullest. We will miss his quirky humour, his off key singing, his love of bagpipes and pudding and his gentle soul.
You were loved, Rest now…..

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

To write a condolence to the family please visit www.mckenziefuneralservices.com
In Colin’s name donations may be made to Lionsgate Hospital Foundation.
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Janet Bracewell

Posted at 05:54pm
I had the absolute pleasure of working for Dr. Hardie in the early 90s as clerical support in BC Tel Health Services. I recall being rather intimidated by him at first but it didn’t last long. Dr. Hardie was a total softie with a huge heart and a wonderful sense of humor. He was an absolute gem and as Doug and Sandra said he made all of us want to give 110% in our jobs. He will be missed.
WM

william mackintosh

Posted at 01:49pm
I have many great memories of our time at BC Tel and enjoyed our time on the golf courses.
He was a real gentleman and will be missed by all who knew him.
I owe Colin a lot as he was the doctor who diagnosed my kidney issue which ended up with me receiving a transplant and me still being able to golf today.
I extend my deepest regrets to all of his family.
Bill Mackintosh
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Bob Middleton

Posted at 12:11pm
I was saddened on learning of Colin's passing. He was a long time friend during our careers at B,C. Tel. and was well liked and highly respected by all with whom he had contact. We spent many happy times together and I appreciated his wise counsel on many occasions. He was a true professional in everything he did and my life was enriched through knowing him.

My wife Penny joins me in extending our deepest sympathy to Mary and the Hardie Clan at this most difficult time.
TH

Tore Hatlen

Posted at 10:10pm
Colin and the Hardie family moved in across the street 50 years ago and they quickly became an extension of our family. Shared holidays, family events and lots of great memories followed. Skiing in Whistler, Thanksgiving turkeys and Christmas Eve. Colin always had an interesting story to tell, or a joke to share. He will be missed.
KM

Kim Molz

Posted at 01:36pm
Colin was a kind, fun, generous, warm, interesting, charming gentleman. He was always wonderful company and we have so many treasured memories of him. The Hardie's and Hatlen's have been friends for so long it feels as though we are family. We are so very lucky to have had Colin in our lives. Our hearts go out to Mary, Johanne, Stephen, and the rest of the Hardie clan.
With much love - Petter & Kim
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