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Coventry Louisy

Coventry Laurent Louisy

Saturday, November 14th, 1936 - Monday, March 30th, 2020
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LOUISY, Coventry Laurent
We are sad to share the passing of Dr. Coventry Laurent Louisy, age 83,
on Monday, March 30, 2020 at the Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice in Hamilton, Ontario. Born November 14, 1936 in Castries, St. Lucia, he first worked as a telegraph operator before graduating from the University of Bristol medical school in 1963. It was here that he met his wife Dr. Sheila Irene Louisy and longtime friends Dr. Michael White and Dr. Mahmood Mahzar. Coventry excelled both academically and athletically, playing on numerous varsity teams such as cricket and rugby. He also played steel drum in a band. He qualified as a doctor in 1963 and went on to specialize and qualify as a radiologist in 1968. After initially working in Jamaica, he accepted a job at the Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital in Burlington, Ontario, Canada in 1969. He quickly settled into the community, contributing to the radiology department in numerous ways, chief among those starting and developing the Nuclear Medicine department. He also went on to open his own clinic, Burlington Ultrasound and Radiology, of which he was a founding partner. He always believed in staying up to date on the most current technology and knowledge, demonstrated in his development of using 3D ultrasound for mammograms and his involvement in the Ontario Breast Screening Program. His hobbies included golfing, fishing and playing the piano. He was a longtime member of the Burlington Golf and Country club, where he spent innumerable weekends playing golf. When living in Burlington he owned a sailboat and later on he was able to acquire a deep sea fishing boat, a long held dream. He was an accomplished piano player who instead of reading music was able to play by ear practically any piece he heard. He was also a poet, writing quite complex and meaningful poems. He enjoyed collecting art in particular Inuit art and had a very good eye for paintings and sculptures. Coventry cared deeply for family and friends. He was always very generous to those around him and helped many family members including nephews and nieces .He was a very gregarious individual well known for his sense of humour and teasing nature and loved to entertain and host inventive parties such as his Voodoo classic golf tournament. Preceded in death by his parents Detcheparre and Jane Louisy and eight of his twelve siblings. He is survived by his wife Sheila Louisy, daughter, Helen Louisy , daughter, Nicola Smith and her husband David; two grandsons Troy and Gavin Smith. Natural son, Kenneth Sam and his wife, children and grandchildren, natural daughter, Kristin Schnider and his companion in St. Lucia of 15 years Anja Klaus. Cremation will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 3rd in Milton, Ontario. Mourners are not allowed in the building but can follow the hearse. Due to the ongoing COVID 19 crisis a memorial service will be held at a later date in the Fall. The family would like to express our sincere thanks to the wonderful and compassionate care given by the Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice. If desired, friends can make donations on his behalf or in his memory to the Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice.
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Helen Stewart

Posted at 01:56pm
Dear Dr Sheila and all the family. I want to extend my most deepest sympathy. I saw the notice on the Burlington Golf website as I am a curling member there. I was a patient of Dr Sheila during my high school years and a bit beyond. God Bless you all . Helen Stewart
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Sat Somers

Posted at 03:49pm
I was sad to hear of the passing of an old friend. I had known Venty since I arrived in Canada in 1970 as a new radiology resident at McMaster. . During the years we kept in touch, as recently as 2017 and 2018 in St Lucia. On both occasions he took us out on his boat and was a gracious host. It was good to see him enjoying life in his retirement. I am attaching two pictures from our visits with him in St Lucia. One was on his boat and the other at the Ladera Restaurant, a restaurant located between the Pitons.

Lindsay Chalmers

Posted at 03:55pm
Dr Louisy was one of my favourite customs while working at Indigo in Burlington. Such a kind man. My condolences to your family

Lindsay Chalmers
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Nihila Karunaratnam

Posted at 10:48am
I had the honor of knowing Venti for the past 13 years.
Few days before I moved into my new home, I went to the builder to pay for my share of the fence, to my surprise Builder told me it was already paid for by your neighbor. I went knocking on Venti’s door, there he was with a kind smile, I introduced myself, offered to pay but he wouldn’t accept, laughed it off as probably builder made a mistake for someone else. That was the 1st time I met my neighbor Venti and we quickly became great friends. He was very caring, if he didn’t see me or my car for few days, he would come by to make sure I was o.k.
I remember one time I parked my car on his driveway (too lazy to clean the snow on my own driveway) not realizing Venti is returning home that evening from St Lucia, I went on a business trip for couple of days. He came home from his long trip, saw my car parked in his drive way blocking his garage. Probably knocked on my door, unfortunately I was away, he was house arrest. I came back the next day, saw the message on my answering machine, so embarrassed went to see him. Venti told me that I did him a favor, saved him from driving in the bad weather. Anyone in that situation would have been mad but Venti is trying to make me feel better. Amazing, kind man, this is very typical of him. I was so fortunate for having a wonderful friend like Venti.
I will remember Venti for his sense of humor and enthusiasm for life. But it was above all his kindness and compassion which were truly remarkable.
Venti, I already miss you, can’t believe you are gone, I will cherish the wonderful memories.
Goodbye for now until we meet again someday.

My Condolence to his Family
With lots of love
Nihila
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Steven Oliver

Posted at 09:10pm
My condolences to Sheila and family. I do remember him joining you at dermatology meeting events back in the early 80s. He had a wonderful smile and personality and engaged people easily.

Hope to cross your path again,

Sincerely.

Steve Oliver
Waterdown, ON

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