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Roland Procter

October 8, 1946 - September 8, 2022


Roland was born on October 8, 1946, in England and died on September 8, 2022, in the Kootenay Lake Hospital (Nelson, BC) after several weeks of tender care by his children in his Nelson home.

Roland was raised in Montreal after moving with his family as an infant from England. He first visited the Kootenays in 1967 as a geology student. He thereafter decided on a medical degree at McGill University despite his mother’s warning that his change of heart was likely due to sun stroke (a story he told fondly). After a residency in the St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, he returned to the Kootenays as a GP, opening a medical clinic in Riondel in 1974. Married in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, in 1976, Roland returned to the Kootenays in the early 1980s, and practiced as an anesthetist at the Trail Regional Hospital. He raised four children, in homes in Rossland, Johnson’s Landing, and Nelson. Roland spent his vigorous years working, gardening, hunting, skiing, and mountain biking. He spent his retired years tending to his beloved homestead in Johnson’s Landing, walking his dogs, and collecting pocket knives and Pendleton wool shirts. Roland will be remembered by the Kootenay families he served as a doctor and his many friends and acquaintances from Rossland to the north end of Kootenay Lake and all points in between.

Roland is survived by his four children (with partners) Amanda (Cyrille), Jamie (Ashleigh), Emily (Martin), and Isabella; three grandchildren Selina, Simone, and Nicklas; ex-wife Georgia; and sister Penny (Kelly).

We thank the Interior Health palliative care team (Nelson), the doctors and nurses at KLH, the Nelson Care Aid programme, Nelson End of Life Society, Dr. Kyle Merritt, Dr. Ralph Behrens (retired), Maureen Lewis and many other friends who lent a helping hand during the final months of Roland’s life. The family also extends its gratitude to the Thompson Funeral Service for their assistance.

His children intend to organize a celebration of life in the Kootenay Lake area in 2023. Family and friends will be informed and asked to spread the word.


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From: Margaret Reid Stacey
Relation: Old friend

I knew Roland and his family while I was at McGill, met him in a paleobiology class, dated for a while, and then reconnected in Vancouver when he introduced me to my husband Greg for which I am eternally grateful. Paths then crossed again in the Kootenays when he had a family here. Be at peace, Roland.

From: Sandy Davis
Relation: Worked with him

I worked with Roland in the operating room in the Trail hospital. I was a young OR nurse and Roland was very kind and was always ready to teach all that he knew. Rest in Peace Dr Procter.💕

From: Calvin Pruett
Relation: A Friend in emails and on the phone. Please ask the family to send me notice of the upcoming memorial; I would like to attend.

I am missing you, my Friend.

From: Stuart Field
Relation: Very good friends a long time ago.

I met Roland (known to me as Roly) in high school in Verdun, QC. We spent a lot of time together, and 2 years running we spent a week at the CNE in Toronto where we stayed with 3 older ladies he called Aunties although they were not actually related.
After high school I moved to Windsor ON and we lost touch. I did try unsuccessfully,
to find him many times on line and so I was shocked to find his obituary. Please accept my sincere condolences.

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