William Archibald “Doc” Osborne
October 25, 1923 - February 14, 2017
Peacefully at Kingston General Hospital, with his family by his
side, William A. Osborne, in his 94th year, succumbed to a brief illness. Bill
was predeceased by his beloved wife of over 60 years, Donna Jean (Cook)
Osborne. Together they had three sons, John (Judy) Osborne, the late Allan
(lifelong friend and partner, Kate Firstbrook) Osborne and Donald (Dianne)
Osborne. He was dearly loved by eleven grandchildren and eighteen great
Born in Woodstock, Ontario, to Emma and Lou Osborne, he was
predeceased by five siblings, brother Jack and Hugh and sisters Alma, Norma and
Kay. Upon receiving notice of the death of his brother Jack in World War II,
Bill enlisted in the Canadian Airforce and became an air gunner, flying over
fifty missions throughout Europe, and took part in the D-Day invasion of
Normandy. He returned home, married Donna and subsequently graduated from Ontario
Veterinary College at Guelph University.
Bill and Donna moved to Kingston in 1951, where Bill joined the
practice of Dr. Wilmer Nuttall. He became a partner and eventual owner of
Kingston Veterinary Clinic, at which he practiced until 1985. “Doc” was known
throughout the region for his large and small animal practice. He mentored many
local veterinarians over the years. He left a long legacy; stories abound
regarding his love of animals, teaching and community. Collectively they will
serve as a time-honoured tribute to Bill. Together with Donna, he built his
life around caring for animals and people. Friends and family remained central
to his life, up to and during his final hours.
Bill was a major contributor and supporter of Junior Hockey in Kingston
and was one of the original owners of the Kingston Canadians Junior A hockey
team. He was a proud member of the Kingston Shrine Association and the Free
Sincere thanks to the staff of Kingston General Hospital Emergency
Department, Kidd 9, Davies 4 ICU and Connell 9, especially Dr. Digby and
associates, and Dr. Debbie Briggs and the team at Seeley’s Bay Family Medicine
for their care, expertise and compassion.
The family will receive friends at the Robert J. Reid & Sons “The Chapel
on the Corner”, 309 Johnson Street (at Barrie Street) on Friday from 2-4 &7-9pm.
The Royal Edward of Cataraqui Lodge G.R.C., A.F.A.M. will hold a masonic service
beginning at 6:30pm on Friday evening. All sister lodges are welcome to attend.
Visitation will continue on Saturday February 18, 2017 from 1pm until the time
of the service in the Chapel at 2pm. Interment will take place at a later
date. As expressions of sympathy, in lieu of flowers, friends may
contribute to the Limestone Learning Foundation Tristin Osborne Memorial Fund.