Shadd, MD, Joshua David

Shadd, MD, Joshua David

December 15th, 2018

Passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, December 15, 2018 at his home in Hamilton. Loving husband of Averil (nee McCann), and devoted father of Julie and Samuel. Eldest child of David (d. 2014) and Julie Shadd. Joshua will also be greatly missed by his siblings, Daniel (Hannah), Hannah (Darren Hoffman), Deborah, Leah, and Philip (Jessica), as well as by the McCann family and his 12 nieces and nephews. Dr. Joshua Shadd is sure also to be missed by the patients he served as a palliative care physician at St. Peter's Hospital, Hamilton, and by his colleagues. His faith in Jesus Christ shaped him as a husband, father, and physician, and it is because of this faith that we have hope even as we grieve. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, December 19, 2018 from 2:00 – 4:00 and 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at WESTVIEW FUNERAL CHAPEL, 709 Wonderland Road North, London. A memorial service will be conducted at WEST LONDON ALLIANCE CHURCH, 750 Wonderland Road North, London, on Thursday, December 20, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Joshua are asked to consider Compassion Canada.

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Don BlayI am saddened greatly by the passing of a young man of great promise, who I met only once at his father’s funeral. I am so sorry for the family’s loss. I had the great privilege of working with Joshua’s father Dave for a few years in our second careers (as retirees). The legacy of the Shadd family is remarkable. Don Blay
Dr. Beverley SmithWorked with Josh at St. Peter’s and was struck with his courtesy and integrity. He will always be to me an example of a caring and compassionate colleague. My heart goes out to his family as they deal with his sudden passing into the imminent presence of God.
Grant & Cherie GagnonWe are deeply saddened to hear this. Our hearts and prayers are with the family. Josh was a very compassionate man and deeply respected for his work in palliative medicine. It is a great loss for his family and all who knew him and the medical community who benefited from his work. Sending our love to Averil and the family.
The Wilson FamilyPeter, Bethanie, Zachary, and I are heartbroken for you. We enjoyed every minute we spent socializing with your family years ago when you lived in town. Josh was incredible. Kind, funny, intelligent ... and passionate about his Lord. Thinking of and praying for you daily.
Kath MurrayAveril, Julie and Samuel, My husband Ted and I knew Josh over the years through the Ontario and the national palliative care community. I was always thrilled to hear about each of you, and to feel his joy in your lives individually and as a family. Josh is the epitome of a great palliative care physician, educator, leader, mentor, and friend. He always showed such great respect, kindness, courtesy, and care to all members of the team, including nurses, patients and family members. I would rather be bringing you a big pot of hearty soup and delivering it to your doorstep! Instead, from the wet west coast in BC, we send our love and prayers. With warmth and care, Kath and Ted Murray
Darren CargillWhile we have never met, I hope it will bring you some comfort to know that Josh was a role model for me at Western. Like everyone else he came into contact with, Josh inspired me to be better. He as a great doctor, but an even better human being. Sincerest condolences. Darren, Amy and Owen
Penny Corrigan & Rob BurleighJulie and Family There are no words to express our condolences for your loss. Living in Byron for so many years we watched all the kids grow up into wonderful adults. The last time we saw Josh was with his children eating ice cream on the patio at Shaws with David one nice summer evening. I will remember that day... Talk of him often, he is with you always. I hope some peace can come to you all. Penny & Rob
Ildy TetteroTo Averil, Julie, and Samuel, your dad was an amazing palliative care physician and leader. I was so impressed by his quiet yet strong passion for dying patients and their families. I always looked forward to his monthly greetings as chair of the division of palliative care at McMaster. They were always filled with positive challenges for each of us to strive for. He leaves a big void in our palliative care community. Wishing peace, strength and hope as you go "forward together".
John and Joan NeelyAveril, Julie and Samuel - shocked and saddened by the news of your loss and, indeed, the loss to this world of a fine man and Doctor. Josh, as a very young man always reflected what was best in a man; high integrity, caring as a husband, father and Doctor and as a human being. Joan, although struggling with Alzheimer's, still fondly remembers her conversations with Josh at West Park and his sincere interest in what was happening in our lives. The communities that Dr. Josh served were better with his having been in each one. Our thoughts, Barney, Diane and Julie, through this time of your loss will cause us to reflect on the brevity of life for some but also knowing that one day you will be reunited. His faith in Jesus as our Saviour was very evident in his life. May God bless each of you.
Selina LemI met Josh in first year of medical school at Queen's. We lived together in Meds House. Josh was a wonderful, kind, and caring person. He loved to have fun and was always positive and full of smiles, however he always conducted himself with the utmost integrity. I admired him greatly, and will miss him very much.
Colleen & Darryl LoewenAveril, Julie, Samuel, we are so saddened at Josh's passing. His gentleness and compassion were vivid in his every word, his posture with friends and family, his humour and faith. Josh's life was an expression of limitless love, often for folks at their most example for all who knew him. We trust God to surround you with immeasurable comfort to carry you through grief. Lean into God's love for you in the human hands of your family nearby, and carried in prayers by those who love you from a distance. Grace & peace, Colleen, Darryl, James
Linda PickardIn 2018, I had the privilege of working with Josh and his palliative care colleagues on shaping an updated direction for the Division of Palliative Care at McMaster. I had never met Josh until then. It was a wonderful experience of collaboration, creativity and problem-solving. Josh's ability to listen intently, toss around ideas respectively, engage all in the journey, truly partner with me at each step of the way and carefully consider any unintended consequences was a joy. I will miss Josh so much. His kindness and caring for many touched me deeply.
Elizabeth LancasterI had the great honour of working with Josh through the leadership development program at HHS. He was principled, deeply thoughtful, kind, and passionate about collaborating with colleagues in service of patients,. He was a committed lifelong learner, he always deepened our learning time together through his great intelligence, integrity and sense of humour and he was just a delight to be with. In short, he was an exceptional human being and leader. His death is such an enormous loss - one that must be incalculable for you, his family. May you feel some comfort from the enormous community he so positively and lovingly impacted. My deepest condolences to you.
Jayne GrahamI was so blessed to have had the opportunity to meet and work with Josh at Hospice of London. He was always so kind, thoughtful and compassionate. Josh always put the patient and family first as he pushed for better collaborative care in palliative care. He always listened intently to what you had to say; he laughed at your corny jokes and he always smiled when he met you as if this was the most important meeting of the day. My heart goes out to Averil, Julie and Samuel. Your husband and father was truly a great man. May the many wonderful words you hear about him in the coming days help to comfort you and be a reminder of the wonderful impact he had on so many people in so many ways.
Fiona CrowJosh did his Palliative training. here in Winnipeg so many years ago. Those of us who knew him felt he was special as a person and as a physician. He was so organized and careful with that quick smile. It is unspeakably sad that his life is over too soon. Our thoughts are with Averil and the family. Fiona and Gary Crow
Dr. Lilianna Stefanczyk-SapiehaI am greatly saddened and heartbroken by the tragic news. This is such a loss to his family, friends, colleagues but also palliative care community which lost a great and passionate leader. I had privilege to know Josh and admired his passion, compassion and caring. Josh will be greatly missed. My deepest condolences to his family.
Dr Susan MacDonaldJosh was a leading light in our small community of palliative care physicians in Canada. His legacy will live on in the patients and families he cared for and in the students and colleagues he taught. He will be missed.
Laura HarildI had the privilege of knowing Josh from his days in London, as palliative physician to my grandmother, my 'Farmor'. He brought new hope and quality to the final months of her life after years of struggling with cancer related symptoms, and was a ray of hope for our family as we struggled to find ways to help her live her best. She always enjoyed his visits, and kind listening approach. Later, we've crossed paths through palliative care leadership, and this comes as such sad news. My deepest sympathies to Josh's family. Know that he made a difference.
Susan HockingMy heart is breaking at this news. I knew Dr. Shadd as a tireless advocate for the people he served and he demonstrated unwavering commitment to improving our health system for Hospice Palliative Care services. He was a dedicated clinician, committed health system partner and kind and generous person. What a huge loss to our community. My deepest sympathy goes to Josh's family.
Varun SethuramanDr. Shadd was my preceptor this last week at St. Peter's. He was an incredibly caring physician and mentor. From the very first day, I knew that this is the kind of doctor I want to be. I am honoured to have worked with such an empathetic, kind and dedicated person and I will never forget my time with him nor his teachings. My deepest condolences to his family and may they have comfort in knowing the enormous impact that Josh had to his colleagues, community and his students.
Michelle SheddenDr Shadd was our dad's Doctor at St Peter's. He was heartbroken to hear of his sudden passing. Dr Shadd was a compassionate, understanding, patient doctor with a sense of humour. He and my dad would exchange laughs and he always made time to listen to my dad's jokes. Dr Shadd had a beautiful presence that put a smile on everyone's face. Our family is grateful to have had Dr Shadd part of our dad's care. Having Dr Shadd by our dad's side gave him comfort during the hardest days. My deepest condolences to Dr Shadd family, friends and colleagues. Please know that he had a tremendous impact on my dad's life and he will cherish the memories he has with Dr Shadd.
Christopher BorthI am very sorry to hear this sad news about Josh. He was an extraordinary person.
Deb Neill and Andrew DueckWe are so, so sorry to hear this news. My condolences to Averil, Julie and Samuel first and foremost, and all of the family - may you find a peace and stillness in love even as you grieve. My heart also goes out to all of those people whose lives Josh has touched with his gifts of compassion, and kindness, as well as his prodigious medical talents. From the first time we met him in Kingston, we knew how unique and extraordinary he was. He used his gifts to help people everyday, helped them in their greatest times of need, and changed so many lives for the better.
Erin Kelly-BrownDear Julie and Samuel - Your father was a very gentle, kind man. He had such a gift to make people feel safe and loved. Your father took care of my father, here in London. He supported him at home and at St. Joseph's Hospice until he died. When you are able, celebrate that your father was a glorious man and would want you to keep your hope and faith strong.
Cathy DicksonIt’s with heartfelt sadness I offer my condolences to you, Leah, and friends and family of your brother, Joshua. “He heals the broken hearted and binds up their wounds” (Psalm 147:3) I pray the Lord brings His peace and comfort to all who knew Joshua.
Sadie and Arnold OldeweningWe are saddened to hear of Joshua’s passing. Our sincerest condolences go out to you. May your faith in Jesus Christ be your strength.
Lynda NeilMy deepest condolences to the Shadd family. I was fortunate to work with Dr Shadd on the opening of the St Joseph's Hospice in London. He had such a depth of knowledge, compassion & kindness that he shared humbly. My thoughts are with you in this difficult time.
Dr Larry SchmidtMy deepest condolences to Josh and Averil's families. It is a shock to lose such a wonderful, compassionate man. I knew Josh as a resident and a trusted colleague and watched his career with humility and respect. It was my honour to know the family and I know that God will look after all of you. The palliative care team in Heaven just received one of the shining stars from our world. For the rest of us, our hearts are breaking for you and our prayers are with you.
Petronilla Pellegrini and familyMy husband, who died this past October, was in Dr. Shadd's care at St. Peter's Hospital. My family and I are surprised and deeply saddened by the unexpected passing of Dr. Shadd. He was a wonderful man and a very caring and sympathetic doctor. We offer our most heartfelt condolences to his family and co-workers.
Mary FlemingThe impact of Josh's life will reverberate for many years through his family but also through the people he has taught, influenced, and for whom he cared - from a St. Peter's colleague who experienced his great kindness and wisdom. Deepest sympathy to the Shadd family.
Tim & Jill HartwigOur hearts go out to each of you during this very difficult time. Josh's love for people and the Lord have definitely had an impact on many lives in many ways. A humble man, well esteemed! Our condolences to the Shadd and McCann families.
Kim MorganMy sincerest condolences to the Shadd family. I am just recently retired from St Peter’s but worked with Dr. Shadd since he came to our unit. Personally I appreciated the respect he showed for each interdisciplinary team member, and reinforced more than once that our success as a team was the result of the work of each member and that each role impacted our patients and their families. I also admired his manner delivering bad news and the compassion and understanding he showed. His smile always brought light to a room, as the photo you have shared exemplifies. His skill as a mentor to many residents and interdisciplinary students will truly be his legacy in a field he was so pasionate about. I certainly feel blessed to have had the opportunity to work with him . May your memories of him warm your hearts and help you through the difficult days. Most sincerely Kim Morgan Recreational Therapist(retired)
Nola BachiuI was so sad to hear of Josh’s passing. What a kind, caring, respectful man. I can only imagine the grief his close friends and family must be feeling. My deepest sympathies to his wife & children. Nola Bachiu retired Social Worker St. Peter’s Hospital
Eunice Gorman Sending heartfelt condolences to the Shadd and McCann families .Dr. Shadd exemplified all that you could hope for in a physician and a palliative care specialist... a warm welcoming manner, a calming way of engaging with people, a ready smile, expertise, commitment to research and practice, care and support of students, outreach in to the community, dedication to ongoing learning for himself and his colleagues, a willingness to share all that he knew ... a truly outstanding individual . His death is a huge loss in every way . Keeping his family, friends and colleagues close in my thoughts and prayers as are so many others who had the distinct pleasure of meeting him .
Jessica LukstsI had the honour of working with Dr. Shadd at St. Peter's on one of my very first clinical electives in medical school. He was an incredible teacher whose compassion and dedication has left a powerful impact on not only myself, but all of those he served and worked alongside. My heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.
Angela (Grimminck) RoachAveril, I am so sad and sorry to hear of Josh's passing. I know and pray that your faith and family will be your strength during this time and the years ahead.
Vincent LinI met Josh at medical school. He and I both lived at Meds House and I was always struck by his sincerity, integrity and faith. I enjoyed his friendship and will always remember his kind smile and gentleness. My sincere condolences to his family and may his faith in God strengthen you all during this difficult time.
Michael O'ConnorI also met Josh at Queen's Medical School. Although senior to me, he was unfailingly warm and kind - always a great smile. I looked up to him a great deal and offer my deepest condolences to his family and friends in this difficult time.
Jeff and Amy PonkeJosh and I met through the Christian medical and dental society (CMDS) at Queen's University. He was always kind, thoughtful and godly in his interactions. I appreciated his uplifting presence in my life very much. His own faith strengthened mine just by being with him. He will be missed. My prayers go up for his family. I look forward to seeing him again at the return of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Paul RoweIt was so sad to hear of Joshua's passing. In my youth I remember Joshua and his father David as active participants in our Christian Service Brigade group. Even though we did not attend the same church, we often spent time together camping or doing activities outdoors. I regret that we haven't connected very often in our adult lives, but I will always remember Joshua as a young man of great integrity and faith and someone I would have always implicitly trusted. Even as a young man, he was an impressive human being. I saw so much of God's spirit in him and it is sad to see him journeying to God so soon. I look forward to seeing him again in God's presence.
Stephen SinghJosh will be remembered as a strong leader in palliative care. He was always a friendly face to see at meetings locally and at our national conferences. He was a strong advocate for our field and a great supporter of all of us. He made sure all of our accomplishments were recognized in his palliative care postcards emailed to all of us. The world of palliative care is small and it feels like we lost a family member. We will all miss Josh.
Friends and colleagues from the Department of Family Medicine, Queen's UniversityThis is indeed sad and upsetting, Josh stands out in our memory as just the loveliest of fellows, a star undergrad and resident, a kind and compassionate physician and all around nice guy. He will be greatly missed. Sincerely, Friends and colleagues Department of Family Medicine Queen's University
Jane GriffithsI am so sad to hear of Josh's passing. I remember him as a wonderful palliative care colleague who was extremely capable, compassionate and friendly. My thoughts are with Averil and his family.
Dr Brad BoothI was so sad to hear of Josh's passing. We were housemates in med school and he was always a kind, caring and fun guy. I'm sure he continued in this way in his personal life and medical career. My thoughts are with his family and those close to him.
Dr. Conrad SichlerI was Josh's classmate during his residency and was sad to hear of his sudden passing which came too soon for this lovely and kind man. I remember sharing many quiet laughs and witty conversations with him in his understated style. He could so easily get a twinkle in his eye and quickly would pick up what I was laying down. I wish that I had reconnected with him.
Jonathan DawrantI met Josh on my first day of Meds House. Within minutes he was helping with unloading boxes and setting me up. I lived in the house and got to know him over the next two years. Such a kind and giving person. I'm so sorry to hear of his passing.
Donna (Perkins) DickeyI was perusing an old newspaper and saw the obituary notice about Josh. What a shock! I feel so badly for Averil and family. Josh was one of my parents' (the late Margaret and Russell Perkins) "adopted students" when Josh was in Kingston and attending Bethel Church. He meant a lot to them and was very attentive. You have my sincere, heartfelt condolences as you pass through this sad season of life.
Graham MazereeuwTerribly saddened to learn of Dr. Shadd's passing. He was a wonderful mentor and role model for me during my medical school placement at St. Peter's Hospital. Dr. Shadd was such a compassionate and thoughtful physician. I am sure that he will be sorely missed by all who knew him. My sincerest condolences to his family and colleagues.
Jeanette DietrichI was in medical school with Josh at Queen's. He was such a humble, kind, and caring person. I have no doubt that he provided excellent care and solace to his palliative care patients. I was so sad to hear of his passing. My condolences to his family.
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