Dr. Marc Omar Shokeir died unexpectedly on March 28, 2019 in Battleford, SK at the age of 49. He is survived by his mother Donna; sister Zivy (Lucien); his children Peter, Joy, Philip, Emma, Julia, Katherine, Eliza (mother Cheryl Shokeir); Ezra, Vincent (mother Candice Lankhaar); Madeline (mother Lisa Shaw); and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father Dr. Mohamed H.K. Shokeir. Omar was born, raised and attended medical school in Saskatoon, SK. He was a brilliant pathologist and laboratory administrator who was privileged to practice in Vancouver, Bellingham, Red Deer, Calgary, Prince Albert, and North Battleford. During his 27 years as a physician he helped innumerable people, mentored many, served in medical associations in the U.S. and Canada, published many scientific papers, and helped establish several pathology laboratories. Ever the dynamo, Omar was an avid athlete who completed five Ironman Triathlons, numerous alpine climbs and rode his bike religiously. His vast knowledge and keen intellect earmarked him as a great conversationalist and led him to compete on “Jeopardy.” His friends and family will miss his compassionate listening, his sage advice, his kind soul, his prolific talking, his big bear hugs and his fabulous sense of humour. A memorial service for this great man will be held on May 4, 2019, 2:30 pm at Saskatoon Funeral Home. In his memory, contributions can be made to the Saskatoon Health Region Pathologists Fund in Medicine. College of Medicine University of Saskatchewan, 107 Wiggins Road Box 19, Room 5D40, Health Sciences, Saskatoon, SK S7N-5E5.
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