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Reginald Herbert Yabsley

Reginald Herbert Yabsley

Born: September 13th, 1936

Passed on: June 12th, 2016

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Reginald Herbert Yabsley, M.D., FRCS(C), Professor Emeritus of Orthopaedic Surgery at Dalhousie University. He died peacefully on 12 June 2016 in Halifax, NS. He was born in St. John's, NL on 13 September 1936 to Reginald and Doris Yabsley (nee Stick), now deceased. He was a beloved husband, father, brother, grandfather, uncle and father-in-law to his wife Shirley, his children Susan, Bart (Nancy), Andrew and Jennifer (Johan), his grandchildren Meghan, Erin and Jonas, his brother and sister-in-law Richard and Paula, nieces Jillian and Paige, and nephew Peter. He will be missed more than we can say. Reg graduated from Dalhousie Medical School in 1960. He went on to become Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Victoria General Hospital in Halifax, NS from 1969-1989, was Chairman and Program Director of the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery at Dalhousie University from 1970-1989 and was Program Director for the affiliated Orthopaedic Training Program between Memorial University of St. John's, NL. and Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS between 1984-1989. Under his direction, the first training program in Orthopaedics, fully accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, was established in 1970. In 1991, Reg served as the President of the Canadian Orthopaedic Association. All of his accomplishments are too numerous to mention here, however no person could be more suited for his chosen profession in life and he cherished all of the people with whom it brought him into contact. He truly loved caring for his patients and the relationships that his work allowed him to enjoy with doctors, nurses, technicians and the entire hospital staff. His decades-long partnership with his assistant, Carolyn MacDonald, both a colleague and a friend, was one he particularly treasured. His family would like to say a special thank you to Dr. Frank Lo and to the staff of the ICU 5.2 and IMCU 3rd floor of the QEII Health Science Centre for their wonderful care of our loved one. In keeping with his wishes, there will be no funeral service.

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