Aubrey (Aub) Tanner Obituary

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Dr. Aubrey (Aub) Charles Tanner

November 8, 1927 - January 14, 2014
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Tanner, Dr. Aubrey (Aub) Charles Aub was born on November 8th, 1927 at Vancouver General. He died on January 14th, 2014 at Peace Arch Hospital, family at his side, after a short illness. Aubrey grew up on a tiny farm in Coquitlam B.C. near Essondale Hospital, where his father worked as a carpenter while his mother kept the home fires burning for Aub, his two brothers, and one sister. The family grew much of their own food, and the children learned early the value of family, frugality, and hard work. After graduating from high school in New Westminster, Aub attended UBC for 3 years and then went to medical school at the University of...
Tanner, Dr. Aubrey (Aub) Charles

Aub was born on November 8th, 1927 at Vancouver General. He died on January 14th, 2014 at Peace Arch Hospital, family at his side, after a short illness.

Aubrey grew up on a tiny farm in Coquitlam B.C. near Essondale Hospital, where his father worked as a carpenter while his mother kept the home fires burning for Aub, his two brothers, and one sister. The family grew much of their own food, and the children learned early the value of family, frugality, and hard work.

After graduating from high school in New Westminster, Aub attended UBC for 3 years and then went to medical school at the University of Washington in Seattle. In 1951, the newly minted Doctor Tanner felt the Call of the North and moved to Whitehorse to begin his practice. He made the Yukon his home for the next 28 years, and in many respects thought himself a Yukoner for the rest of his life.

It was in Whitehorse that Aub met and was smitten by his life-mate Margaret (Peg) Lewis. They were married in June of 1953; over the next few years their family grew to include 3 daughters and a son. By 1962, with stints in London and Vancouver, Aubrey completed his specialist training as a General Surgeon. As the only surgeon resident in the Yukon during most of the 1960s, Aubrey worked long and hard.

In 1968, Aubrey and Peg decided that he would take a CUSO placement in Nigeria. The family was en route when the Biafran war forced them to change plans; Aubrey found alternate work in St. Lucia. During two wonderful years there, Aubrey's work ranged from surgical consultant in the city, to GP at small rural clinics. There followed another decade in Whitehorse, and a then empty nest had Aub and Peg spreading their travel wings again, this time for Lae, Papua New Guinea. There, in addition to his work as surgical consultant, Aubrey took much satisfaction from his role as a clinical instructor and mentor to a number of young surgeons in the making.

Aub and Peg returned to Canada in 1983 and made Vancouver their base. After locums in Vancouver, Quesnel, Inuvik, and Whitehorse they settled in Vancouver. Aub retired from medical practice in 1989.

A new stage of their lives began for Aub and Peg when they moved to Nico Wynd (South Surrey), in 1996. They enjoyed the golf and the swimming and the wonderful view from their front windows, but it was really the friendships they made that they appreciated most. It was those friendships that helped to sustain Aubrey after Peg died in 2007, and it was also those friendships which kept him living at Nico Wynd right to the end.

Aub was a man of many aspects and interests, but first and foremost he was a warm, gracious and caring man who loved spending time with family and friends. He had a wonderful sense of curiosity and humour. He was the best husband and father, devoted to his wife and family. He enjoyed thoughtful discussions, and was a wonderful listener. Aubrey was interested in all the world had to offer. He enjoyed good books, plays, movies, interesting lectures, and a good game of cards; he looked forward to his regular bridge tournaments. Travelling was another passion; he and Peg travelled widely in Canada and around the globe. Aub enjoyed being outdoors and active in general and particularly loved hiking, fishing, canoeing and swimming. A holiday in oft-visited Hawaii was never complete without a daily snorkeling session. Keeping fit was very much a part of his lifestyle. He was swimming and golfing at Nico Wynd as recently as this past December. Right to the end Aub retained his sense of humour. Sometimes a dry remark would flash by unnoticed, unless you knew to look for the little crinkle at the corner of his eye, but his inveterate punning produced groans wherever he went, the louder the better. All who knew him were inspired to remember and share their latest jokes with him, in hopes that they would elicit his infectious laugh.

Aub will be much missed by his many friends, his sister Florence (Flon), his brother Gordon, his children Kim (Brian McWatters), Mark (Susan Smith), Jill (Colm Seviour), and Trix (Ken Knutson) and his ten grandchildren, Grant Joaquin, Casey, Kathleen, Eleni, Jamie, Laura, Declan, Aven, and Tori.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Nico Wynd clubhouse on Saturday, January 18th 2014 from 1:00 -3:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Peace Arch Hospital, the Yukon Foundation (Tanner Family Fund) or a charity of your choice. A special thank you to Dr. Spangehl and the nurses at Peace Arch Hospital for their compassionate care for Aubrey.

Arrangements under the direction of Victory Memorial Park Funeral Centre, Surrey, BC.

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