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Thompson Funeral Home

530 Industrial Parkway South, Aurora, ON

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William Geoffrey Sherwood

January 5, 1946May 7, 2012

SHERWOOD, Dr. William Geoffrey. January 5, 1946 – May 7, 2012 Geoff passed way suddenly at Southlake Regional Health Centre, Newmarket, following a short illness. He will be missed by his father Harold, his wife Sheila, son James and daughter Sarah and her family in Barcelona, Spain. A funeral will be held at the Thompson Funeral Home, 530 Industrial Parkway South, Aurora, 905-727-5421 on Tuesday May 15 at 2pm. Visitation one hour prior. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to Aurora Resthaven, 32 Mill Street, Aurora, ON L4G 2R9. Online condolences and information at www.thompsonfh-aurora.com

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  • Visitation Tuesday, May 15, 2012
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, May 15, 2012

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Alex Robinson

May 29, 2012

Dear Sheila and Family,

Always have fond memories of Geoffrey when I was a young child, he always made me laugh. Condolences on your loss, you are in my thoughts.

Susan Winter

May 15, 2012

Dear Sheila, James and Sarah,
Geoff was a brilliant physician and a wonderful teacher. I was blessed to have him as my mentor during my residency at Sick Kids. He had an amazing ability to zero in on the diagnosis in the most difficult cases and to make it seem so easy! His written consults were often just a few lines but each word was worth its weight in gold and he was nearly always right on the money! Since I left Geoff and Toronto in 1980, I have been a metabolic specialist in central California. Each day I bring to my patients a little bit of Geoff's brilliance, caring, and love. He will truly be missed but not forgotten.
My love and prayers are with you at this time of loss.
Susan Winter, MD, FAAP, FFACMG
Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, UCSF
Director of Medical Genetics/Metabolism
Children's Hospital Central CA, Madera, CA

Cathy Ritter

May 14, 2012

Dear Sheila and family,

It has taken me a few days to come up with the words to express to you how sad my heart is on hearing of the passing of Geoff. Although we have not spoken in a few years... I always hoped that when the phone rang, and the call display did not say who was calling, that I would hear that "whoa" when I answered....
I will never forget that first evening we worked together, soon after he started in the NICU in Barrie... and our conversation let to the fact that I was the carrier of a rare metabolic disease... Geoff, being Geoff asked what it was. Me, being me, thought to myself, that he would never had heard of it. When he not only had heard of Barth Syndrome... but told me he had helped diagnose the first case of it at Sick Kids.... and then with that profound recollection of his went on to tell me the names of my two affected sons...
I vivedly remember coming home, pulling out the few research articles that I had - and there were only a few at the time... and seeing his name on the majority of them. Well, needless to say - a fierce and indestructable bond was formed.
I miss our conversations, the laughs, the advice, the hours he tried to teach this not-so-brilliant-mind about tetra-linoleic acid (drawn out on little pieces of paper of course!), the times I wanted to wring his bloody neck... but most of all, his "grinch who stole Christmas" mischeavious grin.
The world has lost a brilliant mind, but more importantly, someone who genuinally cared about making the world a healthier place for its children.
I miss him, and he will always have a special place in my heart.

hugs and love,
Cathy Ritter

Wendy Murray

May 14, 2012

Dear Mrs. Sherwood, James & Sarah,
I am so sorry to here of Mr. Sherwood's passing. My sincere condolences to you all.
You were such wonderful neighbours and I have the fondest memories...from camping in Quebec... buying Mr. Sherwood a Boy George poster... but the best was when he kissed the fish in that fancy restaurant !! He was so funny and kind.
You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Wendy Murray

May 14, 2012

Geoff Sherwood was a legend among the pediatrics residents at Sick Kids in the late 70s and early 80s, and was a major inspiration to some who decided to specialize in metabolic genetics. Although it has been years since we last met, my memories are vivid of learning from a brilliant clinician, laughing at his offbeat jokes and seeking his advice at key moments in my career. Sincere condolences to the family.
Grant Mitchell, Biochemical Genetics, CHU Sainte-Justine, Montreal.

Betty Anne Platt

May 14, 2012

Dear Sheila and family, My heartfelt condolences on hearing of Geoff's death. I will always remember our informal discussions in the lab at the end of the work day and how much I learned. I am forever grateful.
Betty Anne Platt

Gillian Bishop

May 13, 2012

Sheel, we send our heartfelt condolences to you, James and Sarah. You and I have shared so much since we met when we were nineteen and moved from Cambridge to share a flat together in London. There was never really anyone but Geoff for you from the minute you met him during his student days at Cambridge University. He was absolutely the love of your life. As a constant visitor to our flat in London I think I got to know him pretty well and I smile at the memories of those heady days in the late sixties that we all shared. The loss of Geoff will leave a huge void in your life and in your heart and in the lives of James and Sarah.

You, Geoff and your babies stayed with us overnight before leaving England for Geoff's much anticipated opportunity in Toronto. We missed you so much when you left. How extraordinary it was that almost 10 years later we arrived to live in Toronto and of course we loved your warm hospitality when we stayed with you upon arrival. You, Geoff and the children became our family in those early days here and we recollect fondly the impact that Geoff's participation had on our enjoyment of being in Canada. Geoff taught us how to put up a tent on our first camping experience, he assisted (well, gave advice and a few beers) to John while he assembled our first barbeque and Geoff introduced John to his first Super-Bowl. Geoff was always willing to be dragged along when we went off exploring Ontario at weekends. Geoff was always there with quiet support and advice whenever I called in panic when the girls were ill, which was usually at very unsociable hours. Geoff was just such an integral and important part of our lives while the children were growing up.

The Geoff we knew was complex and intellectually smart with a devotion to his medical profession, his research and his family. He believed in the advantages of flax seed way before it became the “in” thing. We fondly remember his particular walk and his chuckle, his love of cigarettes and beer, his gift as a writer and all those hilarious Christmas letters from Dallas and Barbados. Geoff, you leave a rich legacy. Rest peacefully, your work here is done and we are all enriched by having known you.
Affectionately,
Gill, John, Fiona and Clauds

Janis Dalton

May 12, 2012

Dear family,
I am so sad to hear of Geoff's passing. I am a nurse that worked with him in Barrie on paediatrics. He was funny, compassionate and so brilliant; always keen to find the answer to a complex patient's problem (and usually did!). He also was interested in all our own children and freely did research and gave advice to help us out. We were very sad when he left us in Barrie.
He was a great doctor and a great friend to all of us.

May 11, 2012

Dear Sheila, James and Sarah,
from all your Barbados family we were so sorry to here of Geoff"s passing. You were all such a BIG part of our lives,and Geoff was so incredibly helpful with our mum Rose, who, along with other dear family and friends are greeting him with open arms. even though we lost touch along the way, we will miss him,but will recall all the happy memories and lots of fun times we had, both here on the island, and there in Canada. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all each and every day during this trying time. with tons of love, from your "home away from home". Lynn, Alan and our troop.( written at Kathy"s house)

Martin and Paula Keogh

May 10, 2012

We will miss him. Leaning over the fence won't be the same.
With all our love.
Your neighbours, Martin and Paula.

FROM THE FAMILY