Dr. Beazley passed away on February 17, 2020.
He is survived byhis wife Liz, sons, Gord (Pamela) and Bruce, daughter Mary (Kirk), and grandchildren, Holly and Jack Suggitt and Rachel and Julia Beazley. He is also survived by his brother Norman (Louise), his sister Linda and her family, and his sister-in-law Judy Tyson and her family. He was predeceased by his dear friend and brother-in-law, Buzz Tyson.
Gary spent the first decade of his career practicing in the Transcona Medical Group and making house calls throughout Transcona and the surrounding area. In the early 1970s, with the support of the Grey Nuns, he and three colleagues were asked to develop a family physician training program. The Family Medical Centre at St. Boniface Hospital and the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Manitoba were born from this work, growing from just two residents in 1973 to 150 residents across 10 sites today. Gary taught for almost three decades, served as department head, and earned the designation of Professor Emeritus. After retiring from the university, Gary spent the last 10 years of his career with the Aboriginal Health & Wellness Centre and the Workers Compensation Board.
In 1999, Gary was very honoured to be named Manitoba Family Physician of the Year, and later, to have the Patient’s Medical Home Award established in his name. This award annually recognizes a medical clinic that embodies the pillars of care for which Gary advocated for most of his career, including: continuity of care, interprofessional teams, quality improvement and patient-centered care.