Dr. Colin Thomas White, B.Sc., M.D., FRCP.
The death of Dr. Colin Thomas White, B.Sc., M.D., FRCP., occurred in Vancouver, B.C. on July 29, 2018, after a long struggle with Kidney and Heart disease. He was the much-loved husband to Dr. C. Fiona MacPherson. He was the beloved son of Shiela and John White, and brother of Stephanie White and her husband, Paul Laukkanen. Colin was born in Paisley, Scotland on June 13, 1968; he lived in Scotland for his first year before coming to New Brunswick with his parents, settling in Riverview, and New Maryland for much of his education. He attended the University of New Brunswick and the University of Ottawa for his medical degree. He graduated in 1992 with his B.Sc. from UNB and his M.D. from Ottawa. He went from Ottawa to London, Ontario, to do his internship and start on his Paediatric Nephrology Fellowship. While there be complete the requirements for his F.R.C.P. Following his transplant, he and Fiona moved to Vancouver where he became a part of the Renal Program at the BC Children’s Hospital. This was where he shone, no longer being tied to dialysis. He was now able to travel to many conferences, panels, and committees working on bettering the knowledge of kidney disease. He did much research, saw many children suffering from Renal Disease and helped them deal with the disease, and taught at the medical school. He loved Vancouver and the travels he was able to make from home base.
He was predeceased by his maternal grandparents, Dr. T.J. Watson and Mrs. Mary Watson, as well as his paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. John White of Camelon, Scotland. He was also predeceased by several uncles and aunts, both here in Canada and Scotland. He will be mourned by his many colleagues and friends with whom he worked as well as the patients and their parents whom he was able to help.
At the end of 2017, Dr. White was awarded the Wilma Crockett Memorial Award which is given to recognize individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to patient care in British Columbia.
In 2015, he had a massive heart attack which destroyed his transplanted kidney, as well as the use of his legs. Much of his life since then has been spent in hospitals. He could not have done this without the ongoing, 24-7 care of his wife who worked so hard to see that he had a good quality of life. She worked tirelessly for him and is a hero in her own right.
There was no service of remembrance at the wishes of Dr. White. His friends and family will remember him well for his kindness, compassion, courage, and his bizarre sense of humour.
Donations may be made to the Kidney Foundation of Canada, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the B.C. Children’s Hospital or the IWK Hospital or to the charity of one’s choice.
Because He lives, I know that We will see you again!