Dr. Ainsley Moore, passed away suddenly on Friday, June 25, 2021 in Hamilton.
She was our “Ainz,” our partner, our family, our compass, our mentor, our provider, our caregiver, our colleague, our doctor, our most cherished friend.
With a demure stature, she was a force to be reckoned with on issues of gender and racial equality in the medical field and beyond. A champion for friends and family, and a champion for colleagues and peers. But most importantly, for the exploited and marginalized. The means of her advocacy were not through hashtags on social media, rather through her teachings as a professor and researcher of medicine at McMaster University. This advocacy included and was complemented by, an extensive list of published and peer-reviewed journal articles.
As vice-chair, then chair-elect, Ainsley was poised to assume leadership of the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care, shaping policies and screening procedure with an emphasis on women’s health. As a practitioner and proprietor of Canada’s largest independent women’s clinics, including Mississauga Women’s Clinic, Hamilton Women’s Clinic and the Canadian Women’s Clinic, employing evidence-based medicine and care for women’s health and women’s rights. At Stone Church Family Health Centre (McMaster University) practicing family medicine with care and compassion for her patients while guiding the next generation of family doctors. Ainsley made everyone who knew her proud.
Ainsley was born in Toronto and was the first child to her unique and loving parents: Ian Moore and Helen Moore, who were free spirits, raising their children in the early years in New York and then back in Toronto. A time of social and racial reckoning during the late 1960s and early 1970s sowed the seeds of her life pursuits. While she did not have children of her own, the dynamic of the times and as the oldest child, Ainsley’s hand in raising younger siblings was unprecedented and parental in nature.
As a graduate of Trent University (Bsc), Guelph University (Msc) and McMaster University (MD, Msc), Ainsley was a scholar, an academic, an educator and an extraordinarily talented practitioner.
We fondly remember her inquisitive spirit, her curiosity of all living things, her quirky smile, her dedication to medical care, her fierce loyalty to friends, colleagues and loved ones and her never-give-up attitude towards accomplishing her goals and the pursuit of equality.
Ainsley was predeceased by her parents, little sister Merrin Moore and her dog Foxy. She is survived by her partner Phil Rose, brothers Andrew Moore and Owen Moore, her nieces Emily and Victoria and nephews Hayden and Henry, her Aunt Rose, her cousins Linda, Nory, Peter, Kathy, Diane, Moreen, and James, her coddled puppy Lucy and all her friends, colleagues and patients. She is sorely missed and will be remembered forever.
We love you and miss you so much Ainsley. You were one of a kind and your loss has left a hole in our collective hearts. Rest in peace.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to The Dr. Ainsley E. Moore Foundation in care of Dr. A. Moore Medicine Professional Corporation. The Dr. Ainsley E. Moore Foundation was established by Ainsley on June 24, 2021 to provide stigma-free and financial support for the uninsured, women requiring out-of-country procedures, and uninsured service fee for all patients.
A public outdoor memorial service was held on Sunday, July 25 in Hannon, Ont.