Windsor

Late renowned physician remembered for his generosity and kindness

Dr. Gordon Jasey, an award-winning physician in Windsor-Essex, passed away on Friday and is being remembered for his contributions to the medical, immigrant and Muslim communities.

Dr. Gordon Jasey served as a physician and surgeon for 62 years and delivered more than 15,000 babies

Dr. Gordon Jasey passed away on Friday, surrounded by family. (Tahmina Aziz/CBC)

Hundreds of people gathered at a Families First funeral home on Sunday afternoon to pay their respects to the late Dr. Gordon Jasey, a well known and respected physician in the city.

Members of the medical and Muslim communities remember him as being kind, humble and always willing to lend a helping hand.

Marwan Taqtaq met Dr. Gordon Jasey after moving to Windsor from Palestine in 1967. (Tahmina Aziz/CBC)

Born in Lebanon, Dr. Jasey grew up in Nova Scotia and relocated to Windsor following his medical training at Dalhousie University.

He played an active role in helping newcomers resettle to Windsor-Essex, having served as a founding member of both the Arab Canadian Intercultural Orientation Centre and the Windsor Islamic Association.

Dr. Moussa Mohamed was one of hundreds who paid their respects to the late Dr. Gordon Jasey at a Families First funeral home. (Tahmina Aziz/CBC)

"He was always there to help," said Marwan Taqtaq, a retired pharmacist who has known Dr. Jasey since 1967. "He was always in the frontline whenever he was needed ... He helped every immigrant that came to the city."

This thought was echoed by Dr. Moussa Mohamed, an optometrist and chair of the Windsor Islamic High School.

Margaret Schleier Stahl said she has many fond memories of Dr. Jasey. (Tahmina Aziz/CBC)

"Dr. Gord Jasey was a visionary in our community," said Dr. Mohamed, adding he and Dr. Jasey would often talk about the Muslim community in Windsor when they worked in the same building over a decade ago.

Dr. Mohamed said Dr. Jasey was instrumental in building the first Windsor mosque. 

John Fairley, a friend of the Jasey family, said the family is appreciative of those who have reached out and shared their stories. (Tahmina Aziz/CBC)

Dr. Jasey has been recognized for his decades of service to the community through the following accolades: The Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship, The Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Medal, The Champion Award from the Multi-Cultural Council of Windsor and Essex County and numerous medical awards. 

He served as a physician and surgeon for 62 years and delivered 15,000 babies.

Dr. Gordon Jasey is being remembered by his decades of serving the medical, immigrant and Muslim communities of Windsor. (Tahmina Aziz/CBC)

One of the babies he delivered was Margaret Schleier Stahl who was also childhood friends with his daughter, Jennifer.

"It's always hard to lose a parent, especially one so loving and kind and so loved by the entire community," said Schleier Stahl. "Windsor will have a whole loss for the fact that Dr. Gordon Jasey is no longer here." 

A pillar to the community

"The family's so appreciative of those who have reached out in stories and emails and stopping by here in the funeral home," said John Fairley, a friend of the Jasey family. 

"There's a lot of love in Windsor-Essex for Dr. Jasey."

He is survived by his wife, Fay, and five children: Dr. David, Jennifer, Dr. Gregory, Dr. Bradley and Robbie, and ten grandchildren.

Dr. Jasey passed away on Friday, surrounded by family. He was 90 years old.

His funeral is set for tomorrow at noon at Families First, located at 3260 Dougall Avenue.

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Tahmina Aziz

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The CBC's Tahmina Aziz currently reports out of Windsor and Toronto for TV, radio and web. Have a story? Email tahmina.aziz@cbc.ca. Twitter: @tahmina_aziz

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