Three doctors passed away last week within days of one another, and their deaths are being mourned by a hospital network in the GTA.
In a statement to CTV News Toronto on Wednesday, spokesperson Amit Shilton said: “Trillium Health Partners mourns the loss of three of our physicians who recently died away.”
Drs. Lorne Segall, Stephen McKenzie, and Jakub Sawicki were regarded as trustworthy colleagues who were devoted to looking out for their patients’ and the community’s needs.
Rumors that the deaths were caused by the COVID-19 vaccine were untrue, according to Trillium Health, which manages hospitals in Toronto and Mississauga.
“The rumour circulating on social media is simply not true. Their passings were not related to the COVID-19 vaccine,” Shilton said.
On July 17, Dr. Lorne Segall, a 49-year-old otolaryngologist at Credit Valley Hospital, passed away after a “ridiculously unfair and hard fought year-long battle with advanced lung cancer,” his obituary reads.
He was an “adored” husband of 22 years and the “devoted” father of a 16, 14 and nine year old.
“He shared many interests with his children including an arcane level of car knowledge, a love of Air Jordans, a penchant for all things Marvel and actually all movies, impressive gaming expertise, fitness and super jackedness, comic books and food knowledge,” his obituary says.
A day later on July 18, Dr. Stephen McKenzie, a neurologist who joined Trillium Health nearly 40 years ago, died. He was one of the neurology department’s founding members and took on a strong interest in medical education.
“Dr. McKenzie was a caring, kind and gentle man, who truly enjoyed life,” his memorial notice reads.
According to McKenzie’s office, he had been “seriously ill” leading up to his death and his office was permanently closed. The nature of his illness was not disclosed.
Dr. Jakub Sawicki completed his family medicine training at Credit Valley and went on to become a member of the Trillium Health surgical assistance team in 2014. A memorial notice distributed on July 21 says Sawicki developed a passion for pain medicine and later became the medical director of pain medicine clinics in the region. His funeral took place the following day.
“Dr. Sawicki was a kind and pleasant person, and he will always be remembered for having a smile on his face.”