OBITUARY

Megan Lees ROBERTS

December 16, 1976June 29, 2021
Obituary of Megan Lees ROBERTS
It is with heavy hearts that the family of Megan Lees Roberts announces her passing on Monday, June 29, 2021. Born December 16, 1976 in Vancouver, BC to her loving parents Dave and Cathie Corcoran – she was the eldest of four siblings and the anchor of our large, close knit family. She was wise beyond her years, a fearless, natural leader who at a young age mastered the essence of living life to its fullest. She was a force of nature. Meg’s life was cut short, but the 44 years given to her were packed with love, adventure, and no regrets. After attending the University of British Columbia, Meg followed her dreams and pursued the most rewarding career she could have imagined. Her tenacity guided her through undergraduate and doctorate degrees including studies at the University of Nottingham and Brigham and Women’s Hospital at Harvard Medical School. She became a Consultation Liaison Psychiatrist and throughout her career in medicine, Meg was an integral member of the Royal Columbian Hospital (RCH) and UBC Departments of Psychiatry. She won awards for teaching and education. She held leadership roles as the Regional Division Head for Adult Psychiatry, Regional Consultation Liaison Psychiatry Lead, and Post Graduate Psychiatry Education Director for RCH. She played a key role in the development and growth of the Fraser Track psychiatry residency program. She believed in the importance of doing good work, and working to live. Meg married the love of her life, Craig Roberts in September 2001 in Naramata, BC and together they built a beautiful and inspiring foundation for their amazing young girls. Her most important identity was that of a mother. More than anything else she was most proud of her daughters Margot (12) and Tess (11). Meg loved the sunshine, a day on the water, a crisp glass of Sauv Blanc, and world travel. Her passion for running and swimming were the daily medicine that was the key to her unwavering strength. Her innate compassionate qualities were a prominent part of both her professional and private life. Many of us who were close to Meg also became at some point a “patient” of hers. She took so much pride and pleasure in helping others. She was confident, happy, calm and quiet. Her natural dark curls, her quick wit, and her contagious laugh will never be forgotten. In her personal life and in her professional life Meg had a positive impact on so many people. Meg was surrounded and felt blessed by the love and support of her husband Craig, daughters (Margot & Tess), parents (Dave & Cathie), brothers Duff, Rob (Breann) and sister Carolyn (John). In addition, her large crew of aunts, uncles, cousins, plus her seven beloved nephews and a niece. She had a strong bond with her Uncle “Gogo” and Aunt Susan; as well as godparents, Ken and Wendy Affleck. She was fortunate to have life long friends who were like family to her, particularly Kathy and SJ. Her support system was her Army which helped her march valiantly and gave her peace to know they would continue to stay strong and carry her spirit with us always. Meg’s life, philosophy, eloquence, and love for her family is echoed in her beautiful podcast that endures as one of her many gifts. Podcast producer and Palliative Care Doctor, Lauren Daley, said the “Specific brand of love that Meg has for her family and friends is expansive. It can only get bigger. A kind of transcendent love that will course through us all for the rest of our lives. The kind of love that bleeds from one generation to the next. To hold this kind of love is a risky venture. It’s bound to one day break your heart. But a broken heart can still know love and a love like this can never die” In lieu of flowers – donations can be made to the Megan Roberts Honourary Scholarship Fund at Royal Columbian Hospital – focused on medical education and leadership – two areas which Meg was passionate about. A celebration of Meg’s life will be held in the Fall once we can all safely come together to celebrate a life well lived. Condolences can be expressed at Dignity Memorial. Podcast - A Force of Nature : https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/talk-dying-to-me/id1540581552?i=1000509234350 Megan Roberts Honorary Scholarship Fund : https://www.rchfoundation.com/featured-campaigns-in-celebration-of-megan-lees-roberts/

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