June 26, 1930 – September 20, 2018
We are saddened by the peaceful passing of Dr. Waldo M Yule on September 20, 2018.
Waldo was born on June 26, 1930 in Shoal Lake, Manitoba. He was the youngest child of Dr. Robert Yule and Elma Yule. He spent his early years in Kenton, Manitoba prior to moving to The Pas at the age of 10. It was during this time that he developed his love of medicine. While a teen and through his University years he travelled into northern reservations to assist his father in providing medical support to the people. He was an avid athlete and had a passion for curling and hockey. In fact, his hockey skills drew the attention of the Detroit Red Wings and was protected as their property at one time. However, he chose to follow in his father’s footsteps to pursue further education and medicine.
After graduating from The Pas Collegiate he attended the University of Manitoba, earning his Bachelor of Science (1952) and Bachelor of Medicine (1956). While completing his internship at Vancouver General Hospital, Waldo met Adele Mueller, a nurse at VGH. They were married on May 18, 1957 and moved to England shortly thereafter in order to provide Waldo with an opportunity to hone his surgical skills. The “English expedition” was interrupted by the arrival of Geoff in 1959 (Waldo indicated that instead of a Jaguar he got Geoff) and they moved back to Canada and Castlegar in 1960 to form the Castlegar Medical Clinic with Dr. Fowler. Joanne was born in 1961 and Ray in 1964. While the Family was growing they spent their time together following their children’s activities, getting together with friends, spending time at the cabin at Christina Lake and travelling.
Waldo retired in 1995 shortly after Adele was diagnosed with ALS. They spent the next 5 years travelling and making more memories.
After Adele passed away in 2000, Waldo was fortunate enough to find a second partner, Laverne Bondaroff, who shared his passion for medicine and travel. They spent 12 happy years adventuring before Laverne passed away in 2015.
Waldo loved his chosen profession of medicine and was dedicated to all of his patients. Many dinners were interrupted by patients calling the house and he would always take the time to go see them. He fondly recalled making house calls and was energized by helping those that needed his medical expertise.
He also believed in contributing to his Community. He was in Rotary for nearly 30 years. During this time he served in a number of executive functions, including a year as Club President. In 2004, Waldo arranged for the Castlegar Rotary Clubs to send a retired fire truck to a Community in Honduras that was desperately in need. He also served on the Castlegar Hospital Board and volunteered at the St. David’s Thrift Shop. Waldo also actively involved with the Castlegar Aquanauts Swim Club and was a referee and coach with Castlegar Minor Hockey.
Waldo will be missed by his children Geoff (Katarina), Joanne and Ray, five grand-daughters (Shara, Michelle, Shawna, Alexandra and Sabrina), and three great grandsons (Tye, Hendrix and Jack).
A memorial service was held on Friday, October 5, 2018 at the Castlegar United Church at 1:30 pm.
In lieu of flowers, Waldo would have wished that donations be made to the ALS Society of BC or The Castlegar United Church.Print Obituary & Condolences