Dr Richard (Rick) Wadge (UBC class of 1970) practised family medicine in the Surrey/Delta region for 37 years. During his lengthy tenure as a family doctor, Rick was devoted to his patients, providing care in nursing homes, making house calls, and delivering over 1000 babies. His compassion, sense of humor, and ability to focus on an individual gave him a personal touch that endeared him as an exemplary doctor to his many patients. Rick clearly enjoyed his career, which saw him help thousands of people, and often spoke about how fortunate it was to be a physician.
After retiring from office practice, Rick, a clinical associate professor, increased his involvement with the UBC School of Medicine, accepting a teaching position with the university where he taught students how to communicate and how to properly conduct physical and sensitive examinations. Rick enjoyed teaching as much as he loved practising medicine, and many of the qualities that made him such a great doctor made him an equally exceptional teacher. Rick loved working with the patient simulation actors and always spoke of them with the highest praise. He was also the chief examiner for the LMCC.
Rick was happily married to his wife Mavourneen for 50 years and together they were blessed with four children: Jeff (Sara), Patrick (Zan), Joy (Remo), and Chantal (Avassa). His eight grandchildren loved him dearly and he was an amazing “Bompa” to them all.
Rick faced his ALS diagnosis with unflinching courage, and when the time came he exercised his right to die on his own terms, in his own home, with his wife by his side and surrounded by his family.
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