Dr. Richard Taor, one of the most preeminent physicians to serve the southwest coast, passed away today at the age of 73.
He was in good health up until about six weeks ago, according to family friend Jane Sheaves.
He is survived by his wife Magda and children Fiona and Christopher.
He emigrated to Port aux Basques from London in 1977 and remained in the community for the rest of his career.
Taor spoke to The Gulf News upon his retirement in September 2011.
He said at that time he had delivered over 1,000 babies at the old cottage hospital in Channel, and later at the Dr. Charles L. LeGrow health Centre.
Taor admitted he did once shop around in other parts of the country for a different job, but after two days on the prairies with his family, he decided it was too flat and boring.
“I’m from England, and I wanted something like England,” he said.
In a letter to the paper, former health centre administrator Bryson Webb summed up Taor’s unwavering commitment to the people of the southwest coast.
“Through the tough times when medical staff would not come to live in Port aux Basques, Dr. Taor remained our rock and the one individual we could depend on for continuing medical care,” said Webb.