Tanguay- Dr. J.C. “Ben” M.D. (Laval P.Q.) F.R.C.S.C., retired Ophthalmologist, passed away on Friday, May 9th, 2014, at home with his family. Predeceased by his parents Jeannette and Lionel, his first wife Olga (Hoo), his brother “Pat” (Gilberte) and by his son Mark. With great sorrow he is survived by his loving wife Anna (Repas), daughter Jeannette and son Gary Tanguay both of Toronto, daughter-in-law Lisa and by grandchildren, Taryn and Bridget of Edmonton and grandson Ryan (Eiko) of B.C . Cherished brother of Fabienne Tanguay, Lise Tanguay, Mireille Tanguay and Alain Tanguay (Anne Parent) all of Quebec city. He will be missed by numerous nieces and nephews in Quebec, Ontario, B.C. and Newfoundland. He will be missed by his long-time very special friends in St. Thomas: the Balsdons, the Wrights and the Wylies and in Guelph, the Kuders. Ben was born August 28, 1927, in Charlesbourg, P.Q., he was one of nine children. He practiced in St. Thomas since the early 60”s, both as a consultant and as an eye surgeon at the St. Thomas- Elgin General Hospital until his retirement in 2000. A quiet soul, respected, who hated confrontations and chaos. Loved sports and when he was younger, he was a curler, tennis player, skier and golfer. As time went by he limited himself to golfing with “the Boys”, competing with Anna in cribbage and for the jumble in the morning paper. He enjoyed Sudoku, reading everything, (including “Flyers”), watching sportscasts, “especially the Laval Rouge et Or, and the Vanier Cup. Ben had a meticulous nature both of himself and possessions i.e. shoes “spit and Polish” (RCAF trained). He was an expert with a yo-yo in earlier years and in later years he was a “fixer-upper” “tinkerer” at home and he would work on toasters, hairdryers, anything that broke down. He always maintained contact with his family, in both Quebec and the West, and always looked forward to yearly visits to and from them.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. Anne’s Parish (20 Morrison Dr., St. Thomas) on Thursday at 11:00 a.m. Interment of ashes in Holy Angels Cemetery at a later date. No visitation. In lieu of flowers donations to the St. Thomas-Elgin General Hospital, the Liver Foundation, the Brain Tumour Foundation or Cystic Fibrosis. Williams Funeral Home 45 Elgin St., St. Thomas entrusted with the arrangements. On line condolences may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org