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Passing of Anthony Townsend (1956/7G)

Updated Obituary for Anthony Townsend (1956G)
9 Jul 2024
Canada
Passing of friends

We have received an updated full obituary for Anthony Townsend (1956G)

Below is the full obituary that was compiled and written by Anthony's three devoted children who live in Canada who in the word's of his brother Richard,

laboured long and hard over it’s wording to try and capture the essence of my brothers remarkable life

Here follows the obituary that was published in the Vancouver Sun newspaper.  

Dr. Anthony (Tony) Law Townsend, beloved father, husband, friend, and physician (MB ChB FRCSC), following a cancer diagnosis in April, died peacefully at home with family at his side. He lived a full and accomplished life. He was a true gentleman, who will be remembered for his charm, enthusiasm, generosity, and zest for life.

Anthony studied medicine at the University of Cape Town and became a successful eye surgeon, retiring at age 78. At medical school, he met Denise Juretic, the love of his life, whom he married in 1967 in El Paso, Texas. They settled in Coquitlam, BC, in 1974.

An adventurous outdoorsman, he enjoyed activities like skydiving, mountain climbing, skiing, long distance running, hiking, cycling, and kayaking. He was also a skilled gardener at home and at his parish church of St. Laurence, a seasoned traveller who visited some 50 countries during his lifetime, and a dedicated volunteer with teams from Canada providing free medical care in Kenya, the Philippines, and Zambia.

Anthony was predeceased by his parents, Leonard Townsend and Brenda Law. He is survived by his wife, Denise; his children, Craig (Pajaree), Alexandra (Scott), and Justine (Gray); his siblings, Richard (Fenella) and Charles (Jenny); his grandchildren Alina and Thongmongkol, and numerous friends and extended family members, including the Deep Cove family.

Rest in peace, Anthony. You will be deeply missed and never forgotten.

[https://vancouversunandprovince.remembering.ca/obituary/anthony-townsend-1090055769 ]

For those of you living in Vancouver, here are the details of his funeral service:

  • VENUE: St. Philip's Anglican Church in Vancouver ( 3737 West 27th Avenue).
  • TIME: 11 am
  • DATE: Saturday, July 20th.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Anthony's memory to Doctors Without Borders would be appreciated.

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