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In memoriam
September 30, 2022

Dr. John Elmer Green

It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Dr. John (Jack) Elmer Green. Jack passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on Sept. 30, 2022, in his 98th year.

Born in Hamilton, Ont., Jack grew up in Toronto and Whitby with his Baptist minister father, Rev. H. Elmer Green, his mother, Ada Jane (Jean), older sisters, Hazel, Marion and Elmah, and younger brother, Bill, all of whom predeceased him.

He attended Queen's University in Kingston, where he met his future wife Betty Mohr.

During World War II, Jack joined the Royal Canadian Air Force and completed training as a flight engineer but did not see active service as the war ended.

He returned to Queen's and completed medical school in 1950, going on to earn a specialty certificate in anesthesia.

He married Betty in 1953 in Ottawa, and they had four children.

Jack was a dedicated anesthesiologist for 38 years at the Ottawa Hospital (Civic Campus). He was a teacher, mentor and friend to many medical students, residents, and colleagues at the University of Ottawa, faculty of medicine (associate professor).

Jack is survived by his beloved wife of 69 years, Betty, and his children Carol (Ian), Gayle (Rick), Nancy and Geof; his cherished grandchildren Sean (Jayme), Jamie (Vanessa), Taryn and Paul; and great-grandchildren Theo, Naomi and Aurelia. As well as sister-in-law Grace Vuori, many nieces and nephews, friends and former colleagues.

Jack had many highlights in his life, including during medical school when he spent time in Coral Harbour (Salliq) and Iglulik, Nvt., as part of the Queen's University Arctic Expeditions. He loved the Arctic and the Inuit people, recounting stories and collecting books about this beloved region.

Family always came first to Jack. He and Betty were very proud of their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Nothing made Jack happier than spending time with them. Jack enjoyed many pastimes, especially the family cottage at Grand Lake, Quebec. He fished across much of the Northern Hemisphere with lifelong friends from the Ottawa Fishing and Hunting Club.

After he and Betty retired to Brockville in 1992, he took up golfing at the Brockville Golf and Country Club. Jack loved woodworking and carving birds and animals, and the family has many fine examples of his handiwork.

The family would like to thank the staff at the Courtyards on Eagleson Retirement Residence for their loving care of Jack over the past three years. Jack often said he loved the people there.

In keeping with Jack's wishes, cremation has taken place. A small celebration of life and interment is planned for spring 2023. In lieu of flowers, best wishes only. If you wish, you may donate to a charity of your choice.