Dr. Lloyd C. Bartlett

1917 - 2019

Dr. Bartlett passed away on March 16, 2019 at the age of 101.

Predeceased by his loving wife Desta in 2017, he is survived by their five children, Lorna, Sheila, Robert (Rosie), Rex (Cindy) and Ellen (Alvin), nine grandchildren, Jennifer, Leo, Sacha, Emily, Anna, Ashleigh, Chelsea, Toby and Aiden, and six great-grandchildren, Madeline, Maya, Etienne, Kaitlyn, Rowan and Olivia. They will all remember him with love.

Lloyd was born in Stratford, Ontario to Reginald Bartlett and Olive Masters Bartlett. Lloyd and his siblings grew up helping their father with his inventions and foundry and spending time with the large Bartlett clan who farmed near Bancroft. Against the odds in those tough Depression times, Lloyd put himself through medical school at the University of Western Ontario. In 1942, he married Desta Kathleen Buse, a Registered Nurse, and they set out for the small fly-in mining community of Favourable Lake. For seven years they worked together, explored on foot and by canoe, made friends, and faced many challenges, including a serious forest fire. They recalled those times fondly and never lost their sense of attachment to the Canadian north. In 1950, Lloyd and Desta moved to Winnipeg. Desta attended to their growing family while Lloyd devoted himself to his medical career. First on McMillan Avenue, and later at the large and gracious house on Yale or at the Gull Lake cottage, their homes were always the centre for family gatherings.

In mid- life Lloyd developed an enduring passion for diet and exercise. He learned to swim and took up running and weight lifting. His daily regimen became central to his well-being. He was fortunate to have a wife who obliged his very definite ideas about diet with good humour and great competence. Lloyd attributed his long good health and ability to maintain a remarkable level of independence to his strictly healthy lifestyle. Medicine mattered a great deal to Lloyd; his accomplishments in the field were many. He developed surgical techniques and equipment including the first cannulated intravenous needle. He was renowned as a diagnostician. He served as President of the Manitoba Medical Association and as a tireless campaigner against the tobacco industry for the Canadian Medical Association. He mentored several generations of medical students and was deeply moved when some of those doctors and nurses made a point of acknowledging him during his last weeks in hospital. Lloyd will be remembered for his intellect, his hard work and his strong sense of family

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