Retired Trinidad-born physician Dr. Cecil Craig dies in Ottawa at 87

Dr. Cecil Craig

Retired Trinidad-born physician Cecil Beresford Craig died at the Ottawa General hospital on  May 20 last. He was 87.

His daughter, Suzanne. told The Caribbean Camera that Dr. Craig was in hospital for about two week with kidney problems and died of renal failure.

She said her father came to Canada in 1956 to study medicine at the Universiy of Toronto and after completing his medical studies, he started as an intern at Mt. Sinai hospital in Toronto.

Following his internship, he worked for two decades at the Toronto General hospital where he partnered in the leadership of the department of family medicine.

Later he opened his own family medicine practice while on staff at both the Toronto General Hospital and North York General hospital, He retired in  2016.

Dr, Craig  worked on numerous research projects and received several  awards throughout his career for advancement in family medicine and in other practice areas.

He was  a former President of the Toronto Armour Heights District 707 Rotary Club.

Friends of the late physican recall that he was an avid runner, tennis player, skier and skater.

Family members also noted that he was a “Pedreux card player par excellence.”

His daughter, Suzanne, said that her father was “a  proud Trinidadian who loved his native land  as well as the country to which he chose to emigrate.”

” He enjoyed listening to calypso music but never left home without the button with the Canadian flag on his lapel,” she said.

He leaves his wife, Joyce, his children, David and Suzanne, and four grandchildren,

A private funeral service for the late Dr. Cecil Beresford Craig will be held on Friday at at McEachnie Funeral Home  in Ajax, Ontario.