After 44 years, the doctor’s not in
Town of Bay Roberts recognizes Dr. Raymond Shandera’s service to the community
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,...