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Dr. Ronald B. Passi

November 15, 2013

              – MD, FRCSC, FACS, Professor Emeritus of Surgery,  Western University –

On Friday, November 15th, 2013, after a short illness, Dr. Ronald B. Passi, of London, at the age of 77.  Beloved husband of Nancy (Hanninen) Passi for 55 years.  Loving father of Sharon (Bruce) Farnell, Norm (Linda) Passi and Eric (Carrie) Passi.  Dear brother of John Passi.  Also loved by his grandchildren:  Amanda, Jennifer, Ingrid, Derek and Violet.  Cremation has taken place.  A private family memorial service will be held at a later date.  Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Ron are asked to consider the London Health Sciences Foundation.

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My sincere condolences to The Passi Family. Ron was an excellent surgeon and with his quiet sense of humour was a joy to work with in the Operating room. Inside and outside of work he presented himself as a kind dedicated man. I am so sorry for your loss.

~ Jane Evans RN

(Donated to London Health Sciences Foundation)

~ Dawn and Paul Stapley

(Donated to London Health Sciences Foundation)

~ Gail & Zygi Fila

(Donated to London Health Sciences Foundation)

~ Dave & Kathy Learn

(Donated to London Health Sciences Foundation)

~ Alan and Kim Enns

I remember him as the "gentle giant" that he was. I offer condolences to the family. I was a patient of his in 1996.

~ Dot Geddes

Janice and I will always remember Ron so fondly. Janice enjoyed his mentorship as a nurse on the surgical ward. Ron gave me more than one heart to hearts about work, marriage, family, and ethics. When I was his junior resident, I learned much more than operative skills and efficiency. He supported his residents with complete professionalism. It saddens me deeply to see him go, as I see Norm so frequently and it brings everything back. I remember Ron (R.B.) showing us Norm entering his teens in his hockey gear in a photo proudly displayed on his shelf, and discussing with us the usual trials and tribulations of Sharon in her role as a teenage daughter, and many of us Dads still don't get this gig! Finally, Nancy, you two have always been such a sweet couple that we will always remember. Angus and Janice

~ Angus and Janice Maciver

Norm Linda Amanda and Jennifer our thoughts are with you all at this sad time. Dawn Paul Melissa and Olivia

~ Dawn and Paul Stapley

Dear Norm, Linda and girls, Peter and I were sad to hear the news about your father's passing. We have been thinking of you at this time. With thoughts and prayers , Sandra and Peter.

~ Peter and Sandra King

It was an honor to work so closely with Ron for so many years. I will miss him forever. Forever he will be my friend. My heart goes out to his family. With love, Roxanna

~ Roxanna Green

I was saddened to hear of Ron's passing. Ron was a great clinician and teacher. He had great technical skills as an endoscopist and attention to detail in the operating room. As a mentor, he had tremendous influence in my training and career which I will always carry with me. Not infrequently, some of his concepts and quotes still flow through me to the new generation(s) of trainees. Sincere condolences to the Passi family.

~ Doug Quan

To Eric, Carrie and Violet - Everyone at CBRE would like to extend to you our deepest sympathies at this sad time.

~ CBRE Limited

My sincere condolences to you and your family. He was a wonderful person and will be remembered by many. He is now in a peaceful place and my prayers are with you all.

~ Eva Andreozzi

Sharon, Bruce, Ingrid and Derek, I want to express my sympathies for your loss to you and all your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time, sincerely.

~ Wendy Hammer

Sharon and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love, Mary, John, Brad and Laura and Mike.

~ John and Mary Bajc

Nancy, and all the sincerest condolences. Dr. Passi was a true, kind gentleman. I always enjoyed talking with him during his visits. Jennifer, hygienist, from Dr. B's.

~ Jennifer Rush

Dear Nancy and Family - I was sad to hear the news about Ron....he was a proud and meticulous surgical teacher and I still use his techniques in the operating room. He also taught me about the joys of Nordic skiing, and was always ready to give advice about a new set of skis! His dedication to fitness when I was a resident made a lasting impression on me....i will think of him on my first ski on the sparkling new snow this winter.

~ Brian Taylor

Our condolences to Nancy and the Passi family. Dr Passi taught me, and many others, ERCP and surgery. I was very proud to become his colleague providing endobiliary services to patients from all over southern Ontario. We enjoyed meeting Ron at reunions after his retirement and missed him at the recent SWOSA meeting. Norm, Ron was very proud of your work and talked a lot about it to us. We will miss him very much.

~ Vivian and Christiane McAlister

To Norm, Linda and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We know you'll draw strength from family and friends to help you through this difficult time. Lynn, Mike, Erin and Sarah

~ The Lewis Family

To Nancy and family. On behalf of Meds 60', we send our heart felt condolences. Ron was a well liked classmate who along with you, Nancy, returned to all our Reunions over the years. For several of those Homecoming weekends you hosted a wonderful Brunch at your home for all of us. Ron will be long remembered and certainly missed. JIm Brow, Gail Madell, Bob Hansebout and Ken Stuart

~ Class of Meds 60'

We would like to send our deepest condolences to the Passi family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time. He was a wonderful man and we will remember him fondly. Sincerely, Jay and Danielle

~ Jay and Danielle Deeks

I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to Nancy and the family. Ron was a great surgeon and friend of mine for over 40 years. He and I had shared a passion for European cars, and had many talks about different new models. He will be deeply missed.

~ Dr. Dildar Ahmad

Ron and I, working with Dr McLachlin and resident Bill Wall, helped open University Hospital in 1972 and worked together in General Surgery for many years. He was a great friend and colleague who had also worked with my father Dr Archie Grace. Ron was a skilled surgeon and the source of sensible advice. He had an extraordinary skill and experience in ERCP for management of common bile duct problems. He also showed through his love of family and his Finnish heritage and his enthusiasm as a cross country skier that there is life outside the hospital. Linda and I extend our sincere regrets to Nancy and the entire family.

~ Mike Grace

We send to Nancy, Sharon, Norm and Eric and families, our sincere sympathy on the loss of their dear husband, father and grandfather. Ron was a classmate during our high school years in Sudbury, and throughout Medical School. He was a soft-spoken gentleman and a scholar who excelled in his field of surgery. He will be missed by many of us. Sincerely, Elwood and Dale Dunn, Sudbury, Ontario.

~ Elwood and Dale Dunn

We would like to send our deepest condolences Carrie Eric Violet. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, and the family. We have many wonderful memories of Ron and are most grateful for all his years of service. We will remember him fondly. Sincerely, Debb Chris Spencer & Anderson

~ Chris, Debb

We are so sorry for your loss Eric and Carrie. We are thinking about you and your family at this time. You have our deepest sympathy. Andrew and Cindy

~ Andrew and Cindy

My wife Ginny and I wish to express our sincere condolences to Nancy and the family. Ron was a long term colleague at University Hospital, a Meds 60' Classmate and most of all, a very good friend. He will be missed.

~ Ken Stuart

To Carrie and Eric - Everyone at the USC would like to extend to you our deepest sympathies at this sad time. We are so sorry for your loss and are thinking about you.

~ University Students' Council at Western University

I considered Ron, a close friend and a respected surgical colleague for close to 40 years. During a long career, he made enormous contributions to the understanding and biliary tract disease and its management. Surgeons, worldwide recognized his work. Many came here to learn from him. His work as a teacher of surgical residents and medical students was exemplary. He leaves a legacy at University Hospital that will not soon be forgotten. His death brings sorrow and a profound sense of loss to all his surgical colleagues.

~ John H. Duff

To Eric and Carrie and the Passi family, so sorry for your loss, thinking of you at this time. Prayers and thoughts, Maryann

~ Maryann Mommersteeg

My condolences to the Passi family. I enjoyed working with Dr. Passi for many years in the X-Ray dept. at University Hospital. He was well respected and much loved by his patients and our department. Sincerely Marlene Goodhand

~ Marlene Goodhand

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