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Sharunas Gverzdys

December 18, 2017

It is with great sadness that our family announces the passing of Rooney into the realm of our Lord. He weathered the storm of leukemia but not that of kidney cancer. He will be missed every day by his wife of 31 years, Ingrid Thie, and his 4 wonderful kids: Tomas (Leesa), Michael (Andree), Ariana and Marcus. Predeceased by parents, Antanas (2003) and Maria (2008). Survived by brother, Algimantas (Marlene – 2013) of Kitchener and sister, Nijole (Algis) of Toronto, mother-in-law, Irmgard (Walter – 2008) of Ottawa and brother-in-law, Norman of Edmonton. He was fortunate to be born and raised in St. Catharines to Lithuanian immigrant parents who instilled in him a love of Canada and an appreciation of their homeland. A visitation will be held on Thursday, December 21, 2017 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. and Friday, December 22, 2017 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at WESTVIEW FUNERAL CHAPEL, 709 Wonderland Road North, London followed by the funeral service at 3:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers or donations, he wished for you to do something meaningful for a loved one, for life is short. 

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Dear Ingrid and family: I learned of Rooney’s passing quite late, and thinking of him often, I only recently learned of this public announcement. Rooney and I, along with Doris H., and Carmelo G — did all our clinical training together through our years in Meds ‘85 (my last name started with “G” then). He was a wonderful, kind, and generous person, and I was so very saddened to hear of his passing. My sincere condolences to you and all of your family on this tragic loss.

~ Judy Patterson

I am so sorry to hear of Rooney'passing. Condolences And Prayers to you Ingrid and family. Hugs.

~ Cathy Truelove

Rooney was an excellent anesthesiologist, teacher, mentor, and friend. Through his dedication to education, and the many residents that he taught, he has helped to shape the profession of anesthesiology across Canada. He was an incredibly caring and compassionate person, and will be greatly missed. I would like to extend my sincerest sympathies towards his family, and my thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

~ Kate

Dear Ingrid, Tomas, Michael, Ariana, and Marcus - Bob and I are so very saddened to learn of Rooney's death. We have such good memories of him: spending time together at the hockey rink and additionally for me, working with Rooney at LHSC. I can see Rooney now, leaning in, cocking his head, listening closely. Our memory of Rooney is of a thoughtful, pragmatic, and quite humorous man. What was always evident to us is how much he loved all of you. Please know we are thinking of you. With love, Kathleen & Bob

~ Kathleen Ledoux & Robert Morton

Ingrid and family: I am so sad to learn of Rooney's passing. It seems only yesterday that we were graduating from medical school with our lives full of promise stretched before us. I feel so fortunate to have had Rooney as a friend and colleague. He was a delight to work with and his rye sense of humour will be missed. This past Tuesday I was in the operating room and all I could think about was Rooney. I kept expecting him to walk around the corner and say "Hey Davey" as he always did when we saw each other. Your wonderful children are a true legacy to Rooney's love and devotion to his family and it brought me great pleasure seeing our children grow up together and blossom into fine young adults. Please accept my most heartfelt condolences.

~ David Tingey

I would like to extend my condolences on the loss of Rooney to your family. I first met him on the basketball court in high school. We spent a lot of time studying in undergrad across the table from each other, but only shared a few courses. He liked to take a break in studying with a chocolate bar and a trip to play table tennis. Years later I found him and he went out of his way to give my son an anesthetic for a small procedure. I will miss knowing there was a friendly face with a big smile in London. I put up his photo on my office computer all day and each time I sat down I had another good memory... like when he spent a while to teach me the correct way to say his whole name when I went to his place to pick him up in St. Catharines or phoned as he said it put a big smile on someones face to hear it done correctly(his grandmother?). He will be missed.

~ Dann Dickson

Janet and I would like to share our condolences. Rooney was a big guy with a big heart. His humble manner and self deprecating humour helped many of us survive our years of medical school. He will be remembered as one of ' 10 Neat Guys' on the basketball court or as Little John in Throbbin Hood during Tachycardia. It was great that our families could reconnect in the most Canadian of ways through hockey a few years ago. We will certainly honour his wishes this holiday season and share our love with family and raise a toast to Rooney. Life is too short.

~ No m Bottum

Ingrid and Family, Our sincerest condolences on your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

~ Sandy Pironaggi and Family

My condolences Dr. Ingrid Thie and children for your loss. I did not know Rooney personally except seeing him in the beautiful vacation pictures at the office. These memories will forever be in your hearts.

~ Ida D'Annibale

I am so so sorry to hear of Rooney was a shock to me and I know many others who worked with him. I always loved to see that he would be with us in the oR...such a sweet, funny, caring person....such a huge loss. Life is not fair. RIP dear Rooney.

~ Janet Robertson

I am so sorry about your loss and the loss from our medical community and Meds 85. Rooney was a role model as a doctor, father, sports fan and seemed to know how to balance work and family life. Your family is in my prayers.

~ Janet Pope

Ingrid and family, We were so saddened to hear of Rooney's passing.Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. I met Rooney as we did our residency together 30 years ago. His humour and dedication helped me tremendously. My life was enriched by his friendship. His passion for life and family will always be a great example for anyone who knew him.

~ Mark and Joyce Farrell

I am deeply saddened at the news of Rooney's death. I first worked with Rooney many years ago in PACU. He was professional and caring with all his patients. He cared for some of my family members and I knew they were in the best of hands. Most of all, Rooney had a wonderful sense of humor and always made our days very enjoyable. I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. My most sincere regards.

~ Julie Marr

Ingrid, Tomas, Ariana, Michael, and Marcus, I offer you all my sincere condolences during this difficult and very sad time. I am very sorry for your loss. I had not seen him in a very long time, but what I remember most about Rooney was the good laughs he always had with my Dad and always bringing a smile to everyone around him! He was a great friend to my parents, and to our family. He will be greatly missed, but never forgotten. May he Rest In Peace🌹

~ Emily Wilson

Ingrid and family. Rooney was at the core of his being a kind person who shared that with his patients, his learners, his colleagues and everyone he worked with. He gave respect and was highly respected. He has touched so many lives. I will remember his smile, his sense of humour, his kindness and his clinical gifts. Rest well Rooney, you left us too soon.

~ Salvatore M Spadafora

Ingrid and family. I am so sorry to here about passing of Rooney.I enjoyed many years of working with Rooney at st Joe's

~ Helen Delorme

My condolences to the Gverzdys family on your tragic loss. Dear Rooney, I will never forget your friendship and mentoring during our short time together. As a new and hesitant resident you helped me develop my skills and confidence, and talking to you and cracking jokes was one of the things I looked forward to every day. I know you've heard that from every resident that you've ever taught, but that's exactly why you were such an incredible person, clinician, and educator. I hope you've finally found relief from your pain, and I hope we can have a beer together again one day.

~ Ranko

Dear Ingrid and family. Our condolences on the passing of your husband and father. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

~ JoAnn Esler

Dear Ingrid and Family...I just learned of Rooney's passing, and wanted you to know just how much he was loved in our operating rooms. When he was the anesthesiologist assigned to my room, I knew that the patients and staff would all benefit from his skill, attentiveness, and good humour...but mostly from his genuine concern for people. I was constantly amazed at his combination of humility and confidence, and will always remember his example to us in caring for our patients....and for each other. God bless you, Rooney....Brian

~ Dr. Brian M Taylor

To Ingrid and family , we are so sorry to hear about your loss of Rooney , our deepest sorrow and sympathy is with you know . Cherish all your fond and wonderful times you have had with your dad as well as your husband , our hearts are with you I'm this saddened time , and you will be in our hearts and our prayers , thinking of you , Jody, Rocco and Michael

~ Jody Golinowski and family

Ingrid, We are so sorry to hear of Rooney's passing. As we have had to accept with Michael, your beloved husband is no longer in pain. He is in Heaven with God and the Angels and will be watching over you until you meet him again. We are thinking of you and wishing you strength. Your children will be of great comfort to you and a constant reminder of the beautiful family that you and Rooney have created. Su and Don

~ Su and Don Ikeno

To Ingrid and Family We were very saddened to hear of Rooney's passing He was a true fighter in many ways May you cherish all your wonderful memories you had with him Our thoughts and prayers are with you . Thinking of you always Chris, Linda and Brandon

~ Linda/Chris Robbins

Ingrid and family: so very sad. For many years, I worked with Rooney in the OR where he was so well respected. Sincere condolences. RIP Rooney.

~ Rita Hogan

Ingrid and family: so very sad. For many years, I worked with Rooney in the OR where he was so well respected. Sincere condolences. RIP Rooney.

~ Rita Hogan

Ingrid and Family, so very sorry to hear of the passing of Rooney, he was one of the nicest people to work with at St.Joseph's O.R. His passing will touch all the people that had the pleasure of knowing and working with him. Peace be his.

~ Louise Drewitt

Dear Ingrid & family, I'm so sorry to hear about the passing of Rooney. Please accept my sincere condolences. I remember him as an excellent anesthesiologist, a caring teacher, & a friendly colleague. He had a great sense of humor, a kind heart, a quick smile & was ready to help however he could. I hope you all have some small comfort knowing he enriched the lives of many - everybody in the ORs loved Rooney.

~ Indu Singh

The passing of Rooney is a lose for your family and his working family. I had the pleasure of working with him and St. Joe's. He always had a smile and made the day seem better. The world is a lesser place for his loss. Sincere condolences

~ Sheila Norris

To the Gverzdys family, I was deeply saddened to learn of Rooney's passing. I had the pleasure of teaching him at Western when he was a medical student and he was part of the team who looked after me when I had my cholecystectomy in 1987. It is difficult to lose someone whom you love at anytime but at this normally festive and joyful time of year it is doubly difficulty. My sincerest and deepest sympathies and condolances to you all at this time. I shall keep you in my thoughts and prayers in the days ahead.

~ Paul Cooper

Marcus, I am so sorry for your loss. It is always a difficult time when one loses a parent. Take the next few weeks to remember both the fond and difficult memories with your dad and do yourself the service of writing these memories in a notebook. Think of pictures that might go with those memories and turn it into a book of initial memories of you and your dad, your family, and those special moments that defined your relationship. You will come to enjoy this book of memories as it reminds you of the special bond you will always have with your father. Add to the book as you grow older, moments where you channel your father's wisdom and his views in your life now, and in the future when you too may become a parent. Your children and family will come to cherish this as much as you. I say this because I am just now doing this years after my parents died and wish someone prompted me to do this while they were alive. Honour to your dad, and warm loving thoughts for you and your family. Steve and Jacq

~ Steven Wilson

Ingrid and children, we are very saddened to hear about Rooney's passing, I enjoy seeing all the vacation pictures that are posted in the office and how happy everyone looks. You have many memories to cherish and to hold in your hearts. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all in this time of sorrow. The Anello Family

~ Bruno Connie Mimma Giuseppe & Carmelina Anello

Dear Ingrid and family. On behalf of our family, we send our deepest condolences on the passing of Rooney. I am forever thankful to him for taking care of me years ago in the hospital and will always remember how genuine and kind he was. Our thoughts and love are with you and your family. Jaime, John, Mackenzie and Jacob

~ Jaime Bertelsen

Ingrid, Tomas, Michael, Ariana and Marcus, My wife and I are thinking of your family during this difficult time. We hope that you will find peace in cherishing the wonderful memories that you have made together. Rooney enriched many lives through different roles as a father, husband, friend, Doctor and my Godfather. We were lucky to have known a man like him, and wish him peace and rest. All our love, Graham and Candice Wilson

~ Graham Wilson

We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Big hugs!!!

~ Gosling Family

I am so saddened to hear about Rooney's passing. He was a wonderful person, caring and gave so much of himself. He was a fantastic teacher and mentor and my anesthesia training would not have been the same without him. My deepest sympathies to your family

~ Amanda Schwartz

Dear Dr. Thie and family. We are so sorry to hear about the passing of your husband. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Our deepest sympathies.

~ Sandra & Andrew Kobarda

Dear Ingrid and family, please accept our sincere condolences for the passing of Rooney. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers.

~ Rosemary & Frank Davidson

My deepest condolences to the family. Rooney was first my teacher and then my colleague and friend. He was an amazing person and I am incredibly saddened that he left this world too soon. I will always cherish the time I got to spend with him both in and out of the hospital. I recall the smile on his face when I showed him a picture of my infant son this summer who he unfortunately did not get to meet in person. He told me to cherish every moment with him, and this is certainly what I intend to do.

~ Andreas

Dear Ingrid and Family, Sarah and I were very saddened to learn of Rooney's passing and want to express our condolences. He was such a positive influence and role model to many anesthesia residents throughout his career. Although I haven't seen Rooney in many years, I'll always treasure my fond memories of working with Rooney, first as rotating interns together at St. Joe's, then as residents, and finally as anesthesia colleagues. Even now, I continue to work with newer anesthesia colleagues who describe the mutual respect and camaraderie they felt during their training with Rooney. He will be missed by all who were lucky to have known him.

~ Irv Yee and Sarah Uffelmann