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Dr. John Edgar Curtis


Dr. John Edgar Curtis

Dr. John Edgar Curtis - 80, London, Ontario, formerly of Truro and Toronto, Ontario, passed away on Saturday, August 19, 2017, at Horizon Place, London, Ontario. Born in Truro, he was the eldest son of the late Dr. Edgar and Ella (Ferrand) Curtis.

He graduated from Dalhousie University in Medicine in 1963. In 1967 he was awarded a Fellowship in Internal Medicine, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.  He continued post graduate studies in Hematology and Oncology at the MD Anderson Hospital in Houston, Texas. He returned to Toronto and took a position at Princess Margaret Hospital where he practiced Oncology until 1998 specializing in Bone Marrow Transplants. He moved to Windsor, Ontario to participate in the establishment of Windsor Regional Cancer Centre. He subsequently moved to University Hospital, London, Ontario and accepted a position in the Oncology Service at University of Western Ontario. He retired from Oncology Practice but remained active in public service through work with London Salvation Army at the Centre of Hope, and as a member of Alzheimer Society of London and Middlesex.

In 1963 he married Dorothy Bernice Fourier  who predeceased him in 1997. They raised three sons together. He was predeceased in 1992 by their first son, Peter Edgar Curtis in an untimely and tragic accident. He is survived by his sons, John Andrew Curtis (Lisa), New York City; Philip Edgar Curtis (Irena), Florida; brothers, David Ferrand Curtis (Donna) and Dr. Gary Marshall Curtis (Donna), Truro; grandchildren, Ella and Peter Curtis, New York; an extended family of cousins, nieces and nephews.John is remembered fondly by many former patients, colleagues, family and friends. 

Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall – Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro, where John’s family will receive friends from 1-1:45 p.m., Friday, August 25, 2017, followed by the funeral service at 2 p.m. Interment in Old Barns Cemetery, across from 2432 Highway 236, Beaver Brook. If so desired, donations in John’s memory to a charity of choice are welcomed. Private messages of condolence may be sent to the family by viewing John’s obituary on-line and selecting "Send A Condolence" at:

Service Date
Friday, August 25, 2017
Service Time
2:00 PM
Service Location
Mattatall - Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro

August 25, 2017
Visitation Time
1-1:45 PM
Visitation Location
Mattatall - Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro

Burial Date
August 25, 2017
Burial Location
Old Barns Cemetery, across from 2432 Highway 236, Beaver Brook

Requested Charity
Charity of Choice