Dr. Dennis Jordon Vince
January 3, 1930 – July 19, 2018
VINCE, Dennis Jordon M.D, F.A.C.C., F.R.C.P.(C), Paediatric Cardiologist, Professor Emeritus UBC With profound sorrow Mrs. Bruna Vince informs relatives and friends of the demise of her beloved husband Dennis, who departed his l i f e on Thursday, July 19, 2018. Predeceased by his parents, Dr. and Mrs. A.J. Vince of Toronto, his son William Vince of West Vancouver, his brother, Dr. Robert Vince of Toronto. Denny was born and raised in Toronto and later graduated from The Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto, Class of 1954. He relocated to Vancouver and was instrumental in the planning and development of the first paediatric cardiac catheterization laboratory at Vancouver General Hospital. He practiced at B.C. Children’s Hospital and devoted his life to the care of children with congenital heart disease. Denny loved his garden and spent many long hours planting and re-arranging the beds, always finding room to add more flowers. Summers were spent at the cottage on Savary Island. He is survived by his children, Pauline (Colin) Gibson, Lyn Vince (Miquel Gomez), Janet (Jim) Richard of Dallas, Robert (Stacey) Vince of Malibu and fifteen grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. The family wishes to thank Dr. Edmunds and the Palliative Care Team at Lions Gate Hospital for their support and care. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Denny’s name to Animal Advocates Society of B.C., Box 32, RPO Edgemont Village, North Vancouver, B.C. V7R 4X1 Registered Charity #834396178
Dr. Dennis Jordon Vince
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July 14, 2019
Dr. Vince saved my life. He correctly diagnosed my congenital heart defect for my second open-heart surgery at age 3, over 50 years ago. After I had a heart attack and an unsuccessful heart surgery, my parents moved from Saskatchewan to BC, to bring me to see him. He made me feel safe. He was the kindest doctor I’ve ever known. My Mom said when I was little, he asked her to place me back in my crib after one of his visits, as he hated to hear a child cry. When I was 7, I was very ill with pneumonia and he ensured I was admitted to Children’s Hospital at VGH once again. I looked forward to his visits. He was soft spoken and had a wonderful infectious laugh. I also remember his piercing blue eyes and the way he spoke to me like I was an adult. He was an extraordinary unforgettable man. My sincere condolences for your loss.
April 20, 2019
I am deeply sadden to learn about Dr. Vince's passing. I had open heart surgery when i was a child. It was him and Dr Ashmore who operated on me. I was told by Mom the surgery took just over 14hours. I remember to this day how scared i was. Dr Vince looked me in the eye and told me everything is going to be fine. Hard to believe it but that was over 50yrs ago and have had a couple of surgeries after and when I felt scared i looked back and thought of the words he sad. Thanks so very much.