Af­ter 44 years, the doc­tor’s not in

Town of Bay Roberts rec­og­nizes Dr. Ray­mond Shan­dera’s ser­vice to the com­mu­nity

The Compass - - Front page - BY ANDREW ROBIN­SON

An epic ca­reer in medicine re­cently came to an end for a doc­tor from But­lerville.

Dr. Ray­mond Shan­dera be­came a fam­ily physi­cian in 1974, one year af­ter he was part of the first grad­u­at­ing class for Memo­rial Univer­sity’s School of Medicine. He spent time prac­tic­ing medicine in other ar­eas, in­clud­ing the South­ern Shore and Pla­cen­tia, but for most of his ca­reer, Dr. Shan­dera was based in Bay Roberts.

Last Mon­day, the town in­vited Dr. Shan­dera and his wife El­iz­a­beth to coun­cil cham­bers, where a cer­tifi­cate of ap­pre­ci­a­tion was pre­sented to hon­our his many years of ser­vice to res­i­dents.

“I wouldn’t want to guess how many stitches Ray has sewn in the last 44 years, and I’m sure I’ve re­ceived a few of them, and there might even be peo­ple in this room that re­ceived a few of them,” Coun. Ge­off Sey­mour joked while shar­ing some bi­o­graph­i­cal in­for­ma­tion about Dr. Shan­dera. “But the fact re­mains the cit­i­zens of Bay Roberts owe him a great deal of grat­i­tude for a life­time of ser­vice to the com­mu­nity.”

I was eye­drop­per fed in a shoe­box with some lamb’s wool in it, and I’m still here.

— Dr. Ray­mond Shan­dera

“When I got the phone call I was deeply hon­oured,” Dr. Shan­dera said re­gard­ing Mon­day’s ges­ture from the town, adding that he plans to spend a lot of time read­ing now that he’s re­tired.

Dr. Charles Cron, a well­known fig­ure in the Con­cep­tion Bay North area, de­liv­ered Dr. Shan­dera, who had a birth weight of one pound and 14 ounces.

“I was eye­drop­per fed in a shoe­box with some lamb’s wool in it, and I’m still here,” the re­tir­ing doc­tor said.

He joined the army at the age of 15 and at one point a few years later was look­ing into be­com­ing a pi­lot, but learned he would po­ten­tially go blind from fly­ing. He was of­fered the op­tion of re­tir­ing from the mil­i­tary for med­i­cal rea­sons but in­stead re­quested a re­tire­ment for ed­u­ca­tion.

Doc­tor Shan­dera was ac­cepted for the PhD pro­gram in crim­i­nol­ogy at the Univer­sity of Cal­gary but de­cided to ap­ply for MUN’s new­ly­formed med­i­cal school, claim­ing he was its first stu­dent ac­cepted.

“All I can say is I re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate your tak­ing the time to do this tonight, and I thank you for this,” Dr. Shan­dera. “I can’t say I’ve en­joyed it all. Ge­off asked me how many pa­tients I had, and I said, ‘2,500 alive and 2,500 dead.’ It’s 50-50. That’s the worst part of be­ing a doc­tor.”


The Town of Bay Roberts rec­og­nized Dr. Ray­mond Shan­dera’s many decades of ser­vice to the com­mu­nity at last Mon­day’s coun­cil meet­ing. From the left, Coun. Ge­off Sey­mour, Coun. Wade Oates, Mayor Philip Wood, Coun. Silas Bad­cock, Dr. Ray­mond Shan­dera,...

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