Three Mondays ago I sat across from my family doctor feeling deep appreciation for his ongoing concern and professional care of my wife and me.
We have been his patients for 30 years.
I have felt this kind of appreciation for him before - especially on the occasions when he has been there for us in times of serious illness.
Like the time he and his dog went for a ride with me in my old 1951 Citroen Traction, after I had been diagnosed with cancer nine years ago.
Then there was the time he took immediate action to get my wife, Marg-o, in the hospital when she was severely dehydrated after an adverse reaction to an antibiotic.
And the joy he showed when I recently lost 20 pounds and my blood sugar levelled off.
This is to say nothing for the many times he has laughed at my corny jokes and inquired about our latest Targa adventures.
So why the renewed show of appreciation for Dr. Harold Crewe?
Well, the last time I sat across from him was the Monday following Dr. Albert O'Mahony's unexpected death. My heart was going out to the O'Mahony family - and to the patients Dr. O'Mahony was leaving behind.
Dr. O'Mahony was a great doctor.
The show of support from the community is evidence of that.
A full Church, the tears of his patients, the closed roads, the Pastor's homily and the hospital staff lined up on the side of Manitoba Drive to honour him as the funeral procession made its way to the grave site, are all illustrative of the respect and appreciation due to him.
Last week's edition of 'The Clarenville Packet' is representative of the very positive influence and impact he had on this area. The O'Mahony family has lost the dearest to them, and our thoughts and prayers continue to be with them.
The medical profession has lost a faithful member. And we have lost a wonderful medical professional, a loss that will long be felt in this community.
As an Industrial Chaplain in the area, I can attest to the respect and appreciation felt by the many workers who were faithfully cared for by Dr. Albert O'Mahony.
He was instrumental in prolonging and enhancing the lives of so many who looked to him for healing. He also eased the death of so many more whose time had come and who now resides in heaven, the glorious final terminus of all believers.
The O'Mahony family can take solace in the thousands who benefited from his long medical career.
Dr. Crewe is my family doctor. I love and respect him.
I recognize what a valuable resource he is to my family and me, and to our community, a true gift from God.
I see this same dynamic between my daughter Vanessa and her family doctor, Paula Pye.
And if this is true, that my family and I really do appreciate our doctors, I expect it is true for the rest of the residents. It is also true of our feelings towards the many specialists and support staff at our hospital.
Dr. O'Mahony's death should alert all of us to the blessings of our medical professionals.
It seems fitting we should express our deep appreciation to God for His gifts in this regard, and to our Doctors for taking seriously their calling to our care.
Rev. Edison Wiltshire,
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Three Mondays ago I sat across from my family doctor feeling deep appreciation for his ongoing concern and professional care of my wife and me. We have been his patients for 30 years.