Friends re­mem­ber Amer­i­can doc­tor who died on Mon­treal’s Mount Royal over week­end

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA -

An Amer­i­can pe­di­atric sur­geon who died over the week­end on Mon­treal’s Mount Royal was a man who loved Canada, in­ter­na­tional medicine and work­ing with chil­dren, ac­cord­ing to friends and col­leagues.

Shreyas Roy, 38, a promis­ing new hire at the Sainte-Jus­tine univer­sity hos­pi­tal cen­tre, re­port­edly fell off a cliff early Sun­day morn­ing while walk­ing on the moun­tain with his part­ner.

“He was stand­ing there and then he wasn’t,’’ said Michel Lal­lier, a renowned pe­di­atric sur­geon at Sainte-Jus­tine who re­ceived a call at 5 a.m. Sun­day from Roy’s pan­icked girl­friend, Veronique.

“I went to go see her and there was to­tal con­fu­sion, it wasn’t clear what hap­pened,’’ he said in an in­ter­view.

Roy was born in New York City, lived in In­dia with his grand­par­ents be­tween the ages of three and 10, and went to col­lege in Syra­cuse, N.Y., be­fore at­tend­ing med­i­cal school at McGill Univer­sity.

Lal­lier broke down in tears just af­ter de­scrib­ing how Roy was con­sid­er­ing build­ing a hos­pi­tal in the area around Bi­har, In­dia, where he grew up, and what his death meant for Sain­te­Jus­tine.

“We are a fam­ily at Sain­te­Jus­tine,’’ Lal­lier said. “We have to start again from zero to find some­one to re­place Roy.’’

Roy was get­ting ready to spend a year in Chicago learn­ing a spe­cial­ized tech­nique for surgery on chil­dren. He was sched­uled to be­gin at Sainte-Jus­tine in July 2018.

Don­ald Doell, who at­tended med­i­cal school at McGill with Roy, said the doc­tor had a mag­netic char­ac­ter and was gen­er­ous and sup­port­ive.

“He was won­der­ful telling sto­ries and had a lot of good ones,’’ said Doell, adding Roy loved Canada and was ready to start a life in Mon­treal with Veronique.

“He re­ally brought peo­ple to­gether and in­spired them and re­ally be­came a very im­por­tant part of ev­ery­one’s life that he touched,’’ he said.

Fam­ily and friends were sched­uled to hold a cer­e­mony for Roy in Mon­treal on Tues­day evening and his fu­neral ser­vices will be in Syra­cuse on July 29, ac­cord­ing to his obit­u­ary.

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