Dr. Cornelius William (Neil) Fast

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November 18, 1934 – June 23, 2012
Neil was born in Winnipeg, MB, the eldest son of Cornie and Mary Fast. He spent his youth on a farm in Manitou, MB. He graduated from the M.B. Collegiate in Winnipeg and then spent a year at the M.B. College. After working at Swift’s Meat Packing plant, selling magazines and taking a year of engineering at the Univ. of Manitoba, he chose a medical career. As a medical student he worked at Concordia Hospital. In 1961, he graduated with his M.D. and that same June married Betty Stoesz. He did his internship at St. Boniface Hospital and did post grad training and work at the General and Deer Lodge hospitals in Winnipeg. In 1965 Neil and Betty moved to Vancouver, B.C., where he was the Chief Resident at Shaughnessy Hospital. He took further training in respiratory diseases in San Francisco, Calif. On returning in 1969, he was in charge of the ICU at Shaughnessy and St. Vincents hospitals for many years. He finished his medical career with the Workers Compensation Board.
Neil loved horses and dogs, cars and sports. He enjoyed feeding his ducks and goats on his hobby farm. The people and area of Manitou, MB always interested him. As the older brother, he cared deeply for his family and helped them whenever he could.
He will be sadly missed by Betty, his wife of 51 years, his two sisters Lora (Ed) Klatt (Toronto), Louise (Irwin) Kujat (Regina), his brother Abe (Monica) Fast (Manitou), and many cousins. He was also special to numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Those wishing to, may make donations to the Diabetes Association or a charity of your choice.

A Memorial Service will be held on July 14th at 2:00pm at Friends, at 2146 Main Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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  1. Pat and Joanne Freeman

    Sorry to read about Neil we will miss him this summer.

  2. I do remember well, Dr. Neil Fast when he was our Head of Shaughnessy Hospital ICU and a member of our Outpatients’ Staff.
    A remarkable man, and a part of the former “Shaughnessy Hospital family” is gone now, leaving us all wonderful memories of a close knit and supportive staff.
    I do send my condolences to his wife Mrs. Betty Fast, the siblings and extended family. May your own cheriched memories bring you comfort as well.
    Lenora Hayman

  3. Bob and Luella Meighen

    Time passes so quickly. It doesn’t seem that long ago that we were neighbours in Pitt Meadows. We remember your goats, too frightened of the slatted bridge to leave their island haven. You invited Josh, when he was about 6, (now 40 with 4 sons of his own), to fish in your pond, and he caught something! Our sheep were escape artists, and all too often invaded your property. And the year we needed to get the hay in before it rained, you and Neil helped us with the task. May you know the Lord’s presence with you as you begin this next phase of life. May His Mercy and Grace be tangible and comforting.

  4. I was in anaesthesia at st.Vincents and for much of that time Neil was in charge of ICU.He was wonderful to work with and helped us through many a difficult situation.He was equally astute in committee and eased us through a lot of contentious wrangles.We all enjoyed working with him.My thoughts are with you all.

  5. I was with anaesthesia at St Vincents and Neil was in charge of ICU much of that time.We shared many problems and his advice was always sound.He was equally astute in committee and worked us through those wrangles which are part of team work.We all enjoyed his company.My thoughts are with you all.

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