Posted: December 11th, 2013

DR. JULIAN RAPHAEL, beloved husband of Karen Raphael of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully at St. Michael’s Palliative Care Centre on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at the age of age of 58 years. Dad checked the paper everyday to see if he was in the obituaries, so Dad, we hope you are reading this and think we did a good job.We hope you’re off ice fishing now, Jules, like you loved to do on winter weekends with your best friend Phil Browne. Perhaps, over the holidays, you’ll be riding the chairlift at Castle Mountain with Fergus, a flask in the pocket of your red ski suit. In the spring, you’ll be putting fish on John Marriner’s fly-fishing lines in the Crowsnest Pass, where you often went together, or helping your best fishing buddy, Barry Thienes, catch Walleye at the annual fishing derby at the Simmie Dam. You’ll be golfing with Phil and Elaine next summer and taking all of the mulligans you please. In the evenings, you’ll join us for a curry and a beer, and maybe some live music in town. These are the things you loved to do in Canada, Dad, where you emigrated from England in 1990 to fulfill your father’s wish of practicing medicine in the birthplace of socialized medicine, Saskatchewan. In Shaunavon, you enjoyed working at the Avon Medical Clinic for ten years with mom (Karen) and your good friend Sharon Crockett, taking care of all of your little “sausages”. You left Shaunavon in 2000 for Lethbridge, AB, where you joined the Haig Clinic, and finished your career in Lethbridge at the Campbell Clinic where your colleagues also became your dear friends. As a family doctor for over 30 years, you provided the most compassionate care to your patients, who we know will truly miss you. You were a wonderful dad, making it to Bruce’s hockey games, Daisy’s dance recitals, and Fergus’s football games, all despite your hectic schedule. We don’t know how you did it! We are grateful you took us to Shaunavon from Northampton, England when were just little kids, because you knew it would be a good place for us to grow up. Thanks to you, we have a Canadian family too – the Thieneses, the Crocketts, the Van Raaltes, the Monettes, and the Rices will all miss you so much, as will our English-Canadian family, the Brownes, the Braithwaites, and the Marriners. The parties won’t be the same without you – but we will drink whiskey in your honour!Your brothers Jeremy and Jonathan, your sister Jane, your sisters-in-law Sue and Kathy, and your nieces and nephews Meaghan, Paige, Jenny, Gerard, and Olivia, Nicola and Bradley already miss you and your unique sense of humour – even all of the jokes you seemed to tell over and over again. Mom reckons the secret to your 34-year marriage was that she never could remember the punch lines!You definitely kept your love, Karen, on her toes. You met her when you were nineteen, and you two were head-over-heels straight away. She loved living with you in Dublin while you trained at the Royal College of Surgeons, and is so glad she followed you on your adventure to Canada. Her family has become like your own. Granny Marie, Auntie Dena, Helen, Micky, Jon, Rachael, Penny, Jeremy, Orlanda, Asia, and Evan will miss you at our family dance parties.You were as joyful and passionate about life in your illness as you were in health. Your bravery since your diagnosis of pancreatic cancer in October of 2012, just days before your 57th birthday, was astounding. You persevered with dignity, humor, kindness and compassion until the very end, and we love you even more for that. We’ll miss you, Dad.
Lots of love,
Fergus, Daisy, and Bruce
A Visitation will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME – 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, Alberta on Friday, December 13, 2013 from 6:00 P.M – 8:00 P.M. A Service Of Thanksgiving will be held on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at COLLEGE DRIVE COMMUNITY CHURCH – 2710 College Drive South, Lethbridge, Alberta at 1:00 P.M. with Bernadette Schneider officiating. Dr. Julian Raphael died of pancreatic cancer on December 4th at 2:20 pm at St. Michael’s Health Centre in Lethbridge. He was 58 years old. Karen requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made in his memory to the Palliative Care Unit c/o St. Michael’s Foundation, where they hope to develop a new family area.

8 Condolences for “RAPHAEL Julian”

  1. Mary Ann Lawrence says:

    Bryan and I would like to express our sympathy to you Karen and family, at this difficult time. We did not know Julian well, nor for long, however his presence was felt the same as if we had. We looked forward to his positive nature each treatment Monday, our talks of what life still had to bring even though our path in life steered from our wants. Julian brought inspiration and a kindness to the inevitable that has carried us through. Many thoughts to all.

  2. Rita Martin Anderson says:

    I am so sorry to hear of Julian’s passing. He was truly the best doctor our family ever had. So kind, compassionate and dedicated. It is a big loss for everyone, especially you, his family. Please accept my condolences and know that he will certainly be missed. Rita Martin (Anderson) formerly of Shaunavon.

  3. Dawn says:

    Please accept our most heartfelt condolences. May you find comfort in the Almighty God’s promise of everlasting life (John 3:16) a time when loved ones will never have to part.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  4. Carol Mcqueen says:

    RIP Dr Raphael..I would like to express my deepest condolences to your family at this your time of loss I will personally miss him as he was my Dr. Since 1999… he was a wonderful man who made me smile every time I saw him….he willl be sadly missed… you were very lucky to have known him so well…may your heart be filled with peace knowing he is dancing wiith the Angels….

  5. Dee Sweet-Greenwood says:

    Thinking of you, Dr Raphael, and wishing you were here. You literally saved my life, and things haven’t been the same since you passed. Miss you every day. Love to the family.

  6. Roxanne M says:

    I had moved from Lethbridge to Calgary back in 2008 and unfortunately lost track of my favourite Dr of all time. I am so, so, sorry, I am just finding this out now.

    I know 2 things about Dr. Raphael… He loved his family more than anything and he was a great Dr. He was always telling me to eat (specifically to nibble on some cheese and crackers!)

    All my sympathy, he was truly a great man.

  7. Jane Carlisle says:

    So incredibly saddened to now learn that Dr Raphael tragically died at such a young age. I have cerebral palsy so have to see a GP fairly regularly. Dr Julian Raphael was the best Dr I ever had. He was understanding and compassionate, always taking time to properly listening to me and helping me. I will never forget the time I had my second daughter, she was born in the back of our car – Dr Raphael thought that was ace and said it was a story he would love recounting to others. I was gutted when Dr Raphael emigrated

  8. Hank W says:

    this is 2023 10 years later…
    I called him Raphael (like the angel)
    He liked that and had a great sense of humor and also a great sense of people which is why he still is so loved
    His interest in people was genuine and so was his gift to his patients we all felt it in a word caring
    I still miss him

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