OBITUARY

Alexander "Dooley" Philip Goumeniouk

November 2, 1957June 11, 2019

Dr. Alex (Dooley) Goumeniouk left this earth peacefully on June 11, 2019, with Lise at his bedside, and after a final evening of outrageous stories with family and friends and serenading by his favourite Elton John tunes. He was 61. The family is extremely grateful for the outstanding care and comfort from the staff of Mount Saint Joseph Hospital.

For 25 years, Dr. Goumeniouk served both as a clinical psychiatrist and professor (Clinical Professor Emeritus of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology and Therapeutics at UBC) receiving multiple international teaching and fellowship awards. Over the same period of time, the physician/scientist/entrepreneur also became the founding medical director of Response BioMed and the clinical psychiatrist at UBC’s Huntington’s Disease clinic. As well, he helped establish three residential treatment centers for eating disorders and drug/alcohol addiction in addition to founding several private companies: CINEDOCs Consulting Corporation, Aequus Pharmaceuticals, Plan B Pharmaceuticals and Medex Technologies Corp. The creative visionary also held two US patents for innovative bio diagnostic testing and delivery. Most recently he served as the director of psychiatry services at the Orchard Recovery Centre and consultant to several global pharmaceutical companies from his office on his beloved Bowen Island, where he lived large since 1989, sailing, golfing, gardening, launching rockets and handling the pyrotechnics as a volunteer fireman. Among other legacies, he will be remembered for his wild iconic style, and eclectic collections of colourful attire, shoes, eyewear, and watches.

Dooley was predeceased by his parents, Gleb, Violet, and stepfather, Fred Davies, also of Bowen Island, and his sister Tania, but he leaves Lise, his love and partner of 42 years, and their two children. This spring, he proudly celebrated the graduations of Natasha, from Queen’s Medical School, and Peter, from Western U Engineering.

His vibrant, larger-than-life presence in this world will be missed by his many friends from all walks of life, as well as his extended family (including sister Lisa and nephew Nicholas, niece Bianca, and Lise’s family).

A private celebration of Dooley’s eclectic life will be held at a later date and in lieu of flowers, perhaps consider registering for organ donation http://www.transplant.bc.ca or donating to the Transplant Research Foundation at the link below.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.MeM.com for the Gourmeniouk family.

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James Quan

October 11, 2019

Dr Goumeniuk was a delightful, fiercely bright and innovative physician of multi talents.I attended many of his lectures and marvelled at how he made complex issues quickly accessible and entertaining. His humour and joi de vivre were delightful and will be sorely missed. He was larger than life , warm ,inspiring and memorable. What a loss!
Dr James Quan
MD FRCPC Psychiatry

Grant Chernick

July 24, 2019

I am so sad to hear of Dooley's passing. He was a student of mine a long time ago and my teacher at many psychiatric talks he gave. He was an inspiration and I remember him with great fondness. Condolences to his family.

Catherine Bowers

July 2, 2019

I owe my life to Dr. Goumeniouk. I was treated 12 years ago at Beau Cote. I had been misdiagnosed as having bipolar disorder when I kept telling doctors what was making me crazy was my dysfunctional relationship with food. I spent my first four days in treatment taking the medications I had previously been prescribed, and had been awake for four nights before he first saw me. He took me off everything except meds for an underactive thyroid, told me if I could get sober with food, making sure I didn't starve or overeat, excercise and meditate, I would never need to take psychiatric medications again. He was right, I am so incredibly grateful, as is my family. I tried to locate him to thank him a few times, but couldn't. So, let me thank his family now.

Fred Daniels

June 30, 2019

I met Dooley through Big Brothers. At nine he was bursting with enthusiasm for anything that was on the horizons of discovery. To reinforce this his Dad had left him a basement full of Science paraphernalia and when we met weekly, he traded off his demos (a great teacher even then) for a game of catch (my idea). He mastered the catch and most things I could offer. With a new full time Dad we saw less of each other, but when we did he stood out, indelibly..........still looking for those horizons.







Fernando and Tami Dos Santos

June 29, 2019

Dear Lise and family,
Our deepest condolences for your loss.
We will always treasure the many fond memories of the time spent with you. In recent years we have lost touch but never forgotten you. Dooley was a special friend and a truly amazing person.
Tami and Fernando

Martin Katzman

June 26, 2019

Lise:

You know how much I loved that amazing man: I remember almost always teasing about his clothes, suggesting that I he should consider buying clothes in the men's section, and he always smiled and laughed and suggested, that it was not his problem I was colour blind.

We laughed so often. I remember sitting at an aboard with Dooley and there was a heated (and ridiculous, I might add) argument going on, and he turned to me and started shouting "Fight, Fight, Fight, Fight..." We laughed so hard.

The man was very very special, and anyone who knew him, knew it. His brilliance as a physician, scientist and educator is obvious, but what is more defining of him was his generosity of spirit. He was what in yiddish is described as a "gittih, neshama," ie very good and special soul, and I for one, was better for having known him:

Dooley. I will miss you, the world is just a little less good (and a lot less colourful) without you mon amis...you will be missed by us all!!!

Ralph "Doc" Wallace

June 24, 2019

Hillside! I knew Dooley as a very special Hillsider. As an educator, I knew that this kid was special . It was delightful to interact with him - in the classroom or in a pickup game on the basketball court. A good story to share: We were playing three-on-three ball on an outdoor court in West Van with his buddy, George Prevost, and other round-ball lovers. It was at night and a very bright spotlight gave us some extra time. George, Dooley and I were on the same side. George picked up a rebound under the light and fired it out to Dooley who barely hung on to the ball and immediately cussed George out for being so "stupid" as to pass to a teammate who was "in direct line with the bright light." George looked at me in dazed astonishment, commenting who, other than Dooley, would apply analytical physics in the heat of battle. We fell down laughing. He will be missed. God rest his soul.

Heather Black

June 23, 2019

My first memory of Dooley was seeing him throwing a football, wearing red shorts, on the lawn at Morris Hall, Queen's University. Dooley was a part of my life from that moment on and he will always be with me. One of my favourite visits to Bowen Island was in 1991 when Dooley insisted I help him install a new hot tub and involved researching pressure flow using our favourite Halliday and Resnick Physics 105 text book. But that was also the trip where Lise, Dooley and I went to Vancouver Island for a couple of days of magic in Tofino - my first experience on the island and while there were no orcas, there was crab and wine and good friends - priceless.

Bill MacEwan

June 21, 2019

Dooley had true gifts, brilliance, a great teacher and an amazing sense of humour. He loved to chat about his family and was so proud of his children. Dooley will be missed.

Stephen Landry

June 20, 2019

Dooley was the first person I met at Queens University at Morris Hall in September 1975 and we had been friends since. Fond memories of Dooley at University include Tanqueray gin nightcaps, residence football, watching "Dallas" on the very latest Sony TV set, and him wearing shorts through the long winters of Kingston. Later in the early 80's when I worked in nowhere Alberta during the oil boom, he and Lise were kind enough to put me up at their place in Vancouver during R&R escapes. After I moved back to Ontario in 1983, I saw him on occasion as he passed through Toronto often on his way to teach in the Caribbean. As fate would have it we were both in Kingston in September 2012 as both our daughters started Queens. Really hoped his beloved Rams would win the Super Bowl earlier this year. Dooley you were always the most interesting person in the room. You will be greatly missed.

Steve Landry

FROM THE FAMILY