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1941 "Jonathan Larmouth, son of Jonathan Fayette Meakins and Mildred Dawson Larmouth, his wife, was born at the Toronto General Hospital on the eighth day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and forty one, and was baptized in the Chapel of Youth at the Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul on the seventh day of March in the same year." [1]

1998 An article about the retirement of Dr. Jonathan F. Meakins states, [2]

After 59 years of distinguished service at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Dr. Jonathan F. Meakins has retired. He began his career in 1939, where he received his first teaching appointment in the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University. After serving in the Royal Canadian Air Force, he then returned to McGill where he went on to become a senior physician at the RVH, and a professor of Medicine in 1975. In 1977 Dr. Meakins was appointed to the honorary attending staff, and then became Registrar-in-Chief of the hospital, until his retirement. In this position he acted as a professional adviser to the hospital's records department, dealing with requests for patients' records from pension, welfare and compensation authorities, individuals, courts, lawyers and coroners.

A certified specialist in internal medicine and chest diseases, Dr. Meakins made many outstanding contributions to the Department of Medicine, through his clinical practice, the recruitment and training of other outstanding physicians, and by the pursuit of research to improve patient care. In 1990 Dr. Meakins won the RVH Distinguished Service Award.

The father, son, and now grandson have formed a distinguished dynasty spanning most of the hospital's one hundred years of existence. Jonathan Campbell, the first member of the Meakins dynasty, retired in 1947 after a forty-three year association with the RVH, having served as the hospital's Physician-in- Chief from 1924 to 1947 and Chairman of the Department of Medicine at McGill. The third in line of the Meakins dynasty, Jonathan Larmonth, was born in 1941. In November 1988 he became Director of a general surgery, and was appointed the RVH's eleventh Surgeon-in-Chief, where he continues in a leadership role.

A Governor of the Royal Victoria Hospital, the retiring Dr. Meakins served on the board of the RVH Corporation, and many other hospital committees and helped establish the Royal Victoria Hospital Foundation, and the RVH Centre Board. A well recognized leader in his profession, with a reputation for generosity, integrity, and a keen sense of humour, he was a pillar within the RVH community. In a career that spanned almost 60 years it is difficult to express what his dedication has meant to the countless numbers of patients, staff, and students who benefited so strongly from their association with him.

2000 Jonathan Fayette Meakins died on April 22 and was buried at the Hamilton Cemetery, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. He was born on July 30, 1912. [3] An obituary states, [4]

Meakins, Jonathan F., Westmount, Que.; McGill University, 1936; respiratory diseases; FACP, FCCP, FRCPC; RCAF, WW II; former senior physician, honorary attending staff and registrar-in-chief, Royal Victoria Hospital; professor, McGill University; senior member, CMA. Died Apr. 22, 2000, aged 87; survived by his wife, Edyth, and children Dr. Jonathan, Sally and Sandra.

2001 Edyth Patricia McGee Meakins died on October 26 and was buried in the Hamilton Cemetery, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. She was born on March 17, 1925. [5] An obituary states, [6]

Edyth McGee
Suddenly at home on October 26, 2001. Beloved wife of the late Dr. Jonathan F. Meakins. She will be fondly remembered by her sister Louise (Joe) Grocken, of Plymouth, Massachusetts and niece Joanna Grocken (Jerry Brady) of Cincinati, Ohio, step-son Dr. Jonathan L. Meakins (Dr. Jacqueline McClaran) and step-daughters Sally (Rawden) Jackson and Sandra Sackett. A funeral mass will be held on Tuesday, October 30 at 10:30 a.m. at the Ascension of Our Lord Church, 375 Kitchener at Sherbrooke and Clarke Avenue. Ashes to be buried later in Meakins Family Plot in Hamilton, Ontario. Donations to the Meakins Family Fellowship Fund, Royal Victoria Hospital Foundation, 687 Pine Avenue West, Montreal, Quebec, would be appreciated. The Montreal Gazette, Oct. 29, 2001


[1] Quebec, Canada, Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1621-1968, Presbyterian Saint Andrew and Saint Paul, Montréal, [AncestryImage], [AncestryRecord].

[2] McGill University Health Centre Journal, June/July 1998.

[3] Find A Grave Memorial 104796640, [FindAGrave].

[4] Canadian Medical Association Journal, September 5, 2000; 163 (5), [URL].

[5] Find A Grave Memorial 104796605, [FindAGrave].

[6] YourFolks.com copy of obituary published in The Montreal Gazette, Oct. 29, 2001, [URL].