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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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Sandra Goldsby

Posted at 01:14am
I worked with Colin for over 25 years as a nurse in the BC Tel Corporate He was a smart, caring doctor and a kind, generous person.
Some would say he was a man of few words but being completely surrounded at work by a bunch of strong, opinionated nurses - we saw another side of the former, military doctor. He never had a chance! He always joined in the moments of fun at work and after work get togethers. He was a great boss!
Last July, Colin and Mary came for lunch with many of “his” nurses. We all loved and respected him and always will.
 
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Doug Hockley Posted at 01:24am

I worked for Dr. Hardie from 1978 through until his retirement in the mid-nineties. He created the preeminent Occupational Health Services for employees, their family members and retirees in a multi-disciplinary approach that included nurses, fitness trainers, ergonomic specialists, employee assistance counsellors and corporate safety programs. He created this by letting his team function without interference and companies, unions and even other countries came to see how he managed to do it....It wasn't difficult to understand as those working for Colin wanted to make sure they gave him 100% for the trust he placed in them.
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