In memoriam: Dr. Bill McInnis

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

McINNIS, Dr. William Peter - 1 July 1926 - 30 June 2012 - Attended by family, William "Bill" McInnis died peacefully on Saturday, 30 June. Leaving his loving wife of 58 years Diana; sons Peter (Nancy), David (Caroline), and Ian (Jennifer). He was the proud grandfather to Paul, Laura, Liam, and Kieran.

Enlisting in the Canadian Army during WWII, Bill learned lifelong lessons of hard work and perseverance. Graduating from Western, Meds '52, with postgraduate training in neurology at Toronto Western Hospital, The Johns Hopkins University, and the (British) National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery-Queen Square, Bill returned to London to Western University to practice at Victoria Hospital, University Hospital and Sarnia General (St. Joseph's). For almost 60 years, Bill attended his many patients with the care and respect of a truly dedicated physician.

Bill was an avid nature lover and outdoorsman who enjoyed canoe trips throughout Algonquin and Temagami Parks, backpacking or skiing on the Bruce Trail, and later, white water adventures on the Nahanni, Moisie, and Coppermine rivers. Taking up competitive road racing, Bill completed seven consecutive Boston Marathons between 1967-73, placing 57th (1968).

Music was another passion and Bill was an enthusiastic member of the London Opera Guild, and Friend of the Canadian Opera Company. In later years, with typical vigor, he embarked on producing beautiful items of fine furniture, many of which now grace the homes of his family - a lasting reminder of this remarkable man.

Visitation on Tuesday from 7-9 pm at the JAMES A. HARRIS FUNERAL HOME, 220 St. James St. at Richmond, where a memorial service will be conducted on Wednesday, July 4 at 10:30 a.m. Memorial contributions to the Canadian Opera Company or the London Health Sciences Foundation (Neurosciences) would be gratefully acknowledged.