Dr. Gérard Guiraudon
GUIRAUDON, Gérard - Peacefully at University Hospital on February 14, 2019, Dr. Gérard Marcel Guiraudon, of London and formerly of Paris, France, age 87. Beloved husband of the late Colette (2016). Loving father of Virginie, Valérie and Nicolas and grandfather of Jeanne and Gloria. Dear brother of Jean-Claude Guiraudon.
Dr. Guiraudon became a professor of medicine in Paris in 1965 and performed the first heart transplant in Europe in 1968. He moved to Western and University Hospital in 1981 where he continued to pioneer surgical procedures, and engaged in ground-breaking research in cardiac electrophysiology. To the end, he collaborated as an associate at the Robarts Research Institute and with scientists around the world, notably in the Netherlands, France and the US. He cherished imagination and invention in his field to better the lives of patients. Outside of the lab and the operating room, he was a regatta sailor, Alpine skier, mountain cyclist, a cat lover, and avid reader of philosophy and literature. He was a passionate storyteller and an astute observer of our times. He had a big heart, a very generous man.
A memorial gathering will be held at Harris Funeral Home, 220 St. James St. at Richmond, on Wednesday, February 20 from 5-7 pm, with remembrances at 5:30 pm.
Memorial contributions to the Robarts Research Institute Imaging Lab or the Humane Society would be appreciated.
February 18, 2019, 4:07 pm
my sincerest condolences to Gerard’s family.
A dear friend has died and I shall miss the fine conversations, and philosophical discourses with the great man.
I shall remember him as great teacher, an unlimited thinker, and relentless tinkerer who questioned every step in his work. Improvement in medicine was for him a never finished task that was driven by the vision of the ultimate success - improved life of the patient through reducing the trauma in surgery and rapid recovery.
good bye dear friend
February 18, 2019, 6:17 pm
Toute mes condoléances a Gerard ainsi que sa famille.
Sofiane de Montreal
ami de Jean Claude et Gerard.
Fr. Rick Janisse
February 18, 2019, 6:38 pm
In gratitude for a life well lived in the service of others.
You have been a gift to and for many and will never be forgotten.
Rest In Peace my friend.
Fred and Debbie Linton
February 19, 2019, 9:08 am
What a pleasure to have known you and to have spent time in your company. We will always remember your quick smile, your generosity and your caring nature. RIP Dr. G, until we meet again.
February 19, 2019, 12:53 pm
Dr. Guiraudon operated on me in 1981, the most wonderful, caring and compassionate man. Had a reunion with him in 2007 and he spent an hour with us, always interested in our lives.
He will surely be missed, I will never forget him.
February 19, 2019, 3:16 pm
VIRGINE ,je t.adresse mes très sincères condoléances dans ce moment douloureux et t.embrasse bien affectueusement
February 23, 2019, 10:24 am
My sincere condolences to Gérard’s family.
I am one of the nurses in the EP lab and although I never worked with Gerard he was a frequent visitor and remained part of the EP family.
He was a friend and one of the great ones and it was an honour to have known him.
I regret that I was unable to attend the visitation to meet the family.
Thinking of you all at this sad time
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