Dr. Paul Louis Landrigan

5 August , 192530 March , 2019
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Dr. Paul Louis Landrigan died peacefully, on Saturday, March 30, at the age of 93, with family by his side.

Paul was known for his kind heart and compassion for others. He was a superb physician, wise teacher, a man of great faith and, most importantly, a devoted family man. He was a wonderful husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin and friend.

Paul was born in Everett, Massachusetts, on August 5, 1925, to Martha Jane (Lanigan) and Joseph Montague Landrigan. Paul experienced many challenges in his early years: when he was two years old, he lost his father in a work accident; at seventeen, he contracted tuberculosis and spent three years convalescing, six months of this time in a sanatorium; he was exposed to an atomic bomb during his military service; and he descended 3300-feet down a coal mine as a member of the initial rescue team at the Springhill mine disaster. He drew strength from these challenges and became the man we all knew him to be.

After his father’s death, his mother moved the family to Sturgeon, Prince Edward Island. Funds raised at a charity baseball game that involved the Boston Red Sox, Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig allowed her to buy a small farm on Cambridge Road, where Paul grew up and was educated in the community’s one-room schoolhouse. Paul won a scholarship to attend St. Dunstan’s University in Charlottetown and graduated cum laude in 1949. He then joined the Canadian Airforce as a flight lieutenant, which enabled him to attend Dalhousie Medical School where he received his M.D. in 1953. He continued with post-graduate studies in internal medicine at Dalhousie University and the University of Toronto. In 1962, he received a fellowship from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He also was awarded the McLaughlin Fellowship to study the specialty of Diseases of the Chest at the Royal Brompton Hospital, London, England. He returned in 1963 and was appointed the first Head of the Department of Respirology at the Victoria General Hospital. He was also a full professor at Dalhousie University School of Medicine, and subsequently chief of medicine at the Halifax Infirmary. He was a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Chest Physicians, and received the Regional Award for Medicine from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He was a governor of the American College of Chest Physicians; president of the Canadian Thoracic Society, a member of the board of directors of the Canadian Lung Association; an examiner for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada; and has published numerous medical articles.

Paul was also a man of great faith and a devout member of St. Thomas Aquinas, where he sang with the choir for many years. In 1986 he was named a Knight of Malta for his charitable works. He was also Grand Knight and District Deputy of the Knights of Columbus.

In his spare time, Paul enjoyed many sporting activities, displaying his unique corkscrew swing at the Ashburn Golf Club, participating in Saturday curling at the Halifax Curling Club, salmon fishing in Newfoundland & Labrador, hitting the slopes near and far, and in recent years, cheering for his Halifax Moosehead’s. But there was nothing he enjoyed more than relaxing at his cottage on Prince Edward Island with family and friends.

Paul is survived by his children and children-in-law, Blair (Victoria), Deep River, ON; Gary (Janet) Charlotte, VT; Glenna (John Jenkins) Lunenburg; Mark, Vancouver, BC; Janet, Halifax; and David (Hayley Clarke), Halifax; daughter-in-law Daisy, Vancouver, BC; his grandchildren Jacqueline Jenkins, Krista Landrigan, Nicholas Landrigan, Morgan (George) Nikolov, Gordon (Lindsay) Landrigan, Sandy Jenkins, Hillary Landrigan, Matthew Landrigan, Rachel Landrigan, Martha Jenkins and Kelly Landrigan; his great grandchildren Everett Paul Landrigan and Danica Mary Nikolov; his brother-in-law David (Laurie) MacNeil; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, Paul was predeceased by his wife Mary, son Robert, brothers Lawrence and Joseph, and sisters Eleanor and Phyllis.

The family would like to thank the many dedicated people who attended to their father's care, with special thanks to Jeremy Lecciones, Catherine-Anne Murray and the team at Parkland at the Gardens.

A visitation will be held at Cruikshanks Funeral Home on Friday, April 5 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM.

A funeral mass will take place at St. Thomas Aquinas Roman Catholic Church on Saturday, April 6 at 10:00 AM concelebrated by Fr. Owen Connelly and Fr. Gordon MacLean. A reception will follow at the Old Ashburn Golf Course at 3250 Joseph Howe Drive. Interment will be at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Dr. Paul Landrigan Bursary at Dalhousie University, Office of Advancement, Dalhousie University, PO Box 15000, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4R2, online at or by calling 902.494.6862.


  • Visitation Friday, 5 April , 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, 6 April , 2019

Dr. Paul Louis Landrigan

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Kevin & Nancy Delano

7 April 2019

Dave, Hayley and family;
Our deepest sympathies to you all. We have found memories as youngsters hanging around the cottage(s) and of course on Jubilee. Wishing you well during this difficult time. Wish we could attend, but commitments will keep us in Toronto.

Best wishes, Nancy & Kevin Delano

Paul Calder

7 April 2019

I had the good fortune to be referred to Dr. Landrigan (" the best respirologist east of Montreal") when I was a 41 year old RCMP officer.
I didn't know what was wrong but when this man with a kind smile put his hand on my shoulder and said "Lad, you're completely exhausted so we have to see what we can do about that", I knew I was literally in good hands.
Dr. Landrigan was the same age as my father and he made you feel things would be okay.
I got a kick out of his protectively vague notes on my file; the part that went to the Force. " They don't need to know everything and if they want more they can come see me"!
I am 68 now and I remember his quiet, gentle manner and kind eyes that were sometimes tired but had a twinkle. I have the utmost respect for this man and I am glad he lived so long after retiring.
A credit to medicine and to his family I am sure.
Paul Calder
Amherst NS

Derek Yeadon

6 April 2019

To the family of Mary and Paul

Mary previously and now Paul will be missed by so many who have been fortunate to have known them on this earth.Blanche and I will always fondly remember the times and the trips spent with them over the years.
Paul was a wonderful person,physician and colleague I feel so fortunate to have known.The world is a better place because he was here.

Gerard and Mavis Landrigan

5 April 2019

We are sending our love and sympathies from our families to your families. May God bless you and watch over you at this sad time. Hugs

Tanya Medynski

5 April 2019

To the family of Dr. Paul Landrigan,
My sincere heartfelt condolences on the loss of Dr. Landrigan.
I remember Dr. Landrigan when I was a student nurse on 4th floor of the Halifax Infirmary many years ago.
I had the opportunity to work with Dr. Landrigan in the operating room of the Halifax Infirmary when he did his lists of bronchoscopies. He was a kind, caring physician to his patients and always a real gentleman. It was truly a pleasure to work with him. May your loving memories carry you through this difficult time. His legacy is not only his incredible medical career, but the family that lives on in his name.
Tanya Medynski RN MPH, Vancouver, BC

Cheryll Hachborn

4 April 2019

Blair , Vicki, Hillary and Matt and to all of your family members, please know that we are thinking of you.
My all of your memories be shared and celebrated!
Your fathers amazing life story is truly inspirational!

The Hachborn family (Vicki'sister Cheryll) from Ontario.

Harley & Juanita Gray

4 April 2019

Our condolences to the family.


4 April 2019

Dr. Landrigan was one of my clinical bedside teachers when I was a second or third year "Wan' a be doctor" about 1965.
I was always impressed by his very practical medical knowledge with a very good personality and the medical art to make it all work. That he was an "Islander" was a bonus as it showed and inspired me that another country boy might survive the cauldron of medical school. He was a very fine teacher with knowledge also, a combination one of my colleagues here in Charlottetown describes as having The Royal Jelly an allusion to that special food of the bee-hive that produces royalty.
He had a wonderful career and there are many physicians who have been blessed with his teaching and mentoring.
To all of you his family I offer my condolence and hope that you can celebrate as well as grieve.
I regret I am unable to meet all of you personally.
Lewis Newman MD

Karen (Weatherston) Brown

4 April 2019

Dear Dave, Hayley and families,

Dave and I are thinking of you during this sad time. It was a wonderful tribute in the newspaper and such an accomplished man. You are in our thoughts and wishing you solace while your memories live on.
Karen and Dave Brown

Tammy Mercier

4 April 2019

Dr. L will always stand out in my memory as one of the most caring, loyal and lovely men I have ever known. We became instant friends. His love of sport, love for his children, his incredible wife and for his faith were always first and foremost. He has taught everyone who knew him how to live with character and dignity not to mention had an amazing sense of humour. Love to the entire family. You are all very blessed to have such an amazing role model! XOXO