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Obituary for Dr. Norman John Lush MD

Dr. Norman John  Lush MD
Dr. Norman Lush – Passed peacefully away at St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital on May 11th, 2018 in the presence of his family and friends at the age of 88. Dr. Lush was born in St. John’s, NL and grew up in Harbour Grace and Gander NL. He entered Pre-Med at Mount Allison University from 1951-1954 where he met his wife Greta (nee Wrathall) Lush. Leaving behind with cherished memories his three daughters: Nancy Lush, Sandra Lush Simpson (Malcolm), Janet Lush Graham and Joanne MacDonald (Leslie); five grandchildren who he enjoyed immensely: Griffin Simpson, Alex Simpson, Zoe Simpson, Amanda Graham and Mackenzie Graham; brother Max Lush (Nora) residing in Gander and their family. Predeceased by his wife Greta; parents John and Henrietta Lush; sisters: Ruth and Blanche and brothers: Fred and Peter. Dr. Lush did his Pre-Med at Mount Allison in 1954; Post Graduate St. John’s in1962 and in 1963 entered the Montreal Neurological Institute Hospital graduating with F.R.C.P. (C). He returned to Newfoundland where he had a distinguished career as Neurologist spanning several decades. He worked in all the major hospitals on the island and was President of the NL Medical Association in 1993. His long time friend Dr. Mark Stefanelli described him as “The father of Neurology in Newfoundland & Labrador” Dr. Lush was a founding member of Wheelchair Sports and The Hub. He was a member of the Order of Canada and received the Queen’s Jubilee Medal. He was a proud Newfoundlander and Labradorian, a leader, a visionary and someone who cared deeply about his community and province. His contribution to the medical community has been significant and to the disability community outstanding. He was a passionate man who loved his family, his pets, fishing, working in his greenhouse and gardening. He loved the simple pleasures of life and enjoyed a good joke, telling stories and sharing a cup of tea with friends. The Family of Dr. Lush would like to thank his close friend Danny O’Neill for his support through this difficult time as well as his caregivers Vince Bezanson and Carson Bastow and the staff of 6 East St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital. A very special thank you to Dr. Mark Stefanelli for his long time friendship and medical support for Dad. Resting at Barrett’s Funeral Home 328, Hamilton Avenue on Saturday, May 12 and Sunday, May 13 from 2-4pm and 7-9pm. Funeral service will be held from Barrett’s Chapel on Monday, May 14 at 2pm. Interment will take place on Tuesday, May 15 at 10:30 from Mount Pleasant Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice. To leave a message of condolence please visit

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