Jack Wiggin


We regret to announce the passing of Jack Wiggin

on April 26th, 2008 in Vernon Jubilee Hospital at

the age of 87 years. With an MSc and MD from

Queen’s University, as well as a PhD from Cambridge

University, Jack had a distinguished career

in medicine and health sciences that spanned six

decades. Among his numerous accomplishments,

he will be particularly remembered for his outstanding

contribution to the advancement of Canadian

clinical research and biomedical science. His many

professional titles included Captain in the Royal

Canadian Medical Corps., family physician, Chief

Superintendent of the Defence Medical Research

Laboratories, Deputy Chairman (Scientifi c) of the

Defence Research Board of Canada, Director

General of Research Programs and Scientifi c Advisor

to the Minister of National Health and Welfare,

Deputy Medical Director of the Canadian Red Cross

Transfusion Service, Scientifi c Editor of the Canadian

Medical Association Journal, Associate Professor in

the McGill University School of Medicine, and editor

as well as contributing author of several medical

textbooks. A man of steadfast principle, unwavering

integrity and extraordinary generosity, his proudest

accomplishments, above all others, were as husband

to his loving wife Mary of 63 years, father to two

sons, John (Nancy) of Kimberley, B.C. and Doug

(Heather Dow) of Vancouver, B.C., three daughters,

Pam (Bill Semple) Wiggin of Ottawa, Ontario, Carol

Wiggin of Victoria, B.C. and Sue (Brian Guy) Wiggin

of Vernon, grandfather to ten grandchildren,

Matthew (Karina Houle) of Vancouver, B.C., Laura

(Ryan) Cain, of Cranbrook, B.C., Kate, Robb, Keara,

Christopher, Geordie, Alex, Graeme, and Thomas

and great-grandfather to Anna and Molly. Jack will

also be lovingly remembered by his sister, Barbara

Abercrombie of England, brother-in-law, Don Mc-

Quay of Whitby, Ontario, sister-in-law, Betty Clarke

of Vernon as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

His family is profoundly thankful for the gift of sharing

in his remarkable life and for the memories they

will forever treasure. They extend heartfelt appreciation

to Dr. Dave Arnold and the wonderful staff of

Vernon Jubilee hospital for their sensitive and expert

care in easing Jack’s passing and the warm support

they gave to the family. There will be no service by

request of the family. Cremation. Flowers are gratefully

declined. Those wishing to make contributions

in memory of Jack may do so to Doctors Without

Borders – Canada, #402 720 Spadina Avenue,

Toronto, Ontario M5S 2T9.

Arrangements have been entrusted to:

Pleasant Valley Funeral Home


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