With sadness, the family of Dr. Clifford Amundson announce his death on March 17, 2022 in Collingwood, Ontario at the age of 94. He “slid gently into that good night” with his family by his side.
Clifford was born in Selkirk, Manitoba on October 28,1927 to Agust and Stella Amundson. He was predeceased by his brother Gilbert and his sister Audrey, and survived by his youngest sibling, Heather. He attended the University of Manitoba graduating with his medical degree in 1953. There, he met his future wife Margaret (Peggy) Burke, a paediatric nurse; they were married in 1954. Cliff started his medical practice in Tisdale, Saskatchewan, practicing there for 28 years. His involvement in the community included town council, board of education, as an elder at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian church of Tisdale and as an active in the Mason Lodge.
In 1979 Clifford and family moved to Ottawa, where he had accepted the position of secretary-treasurer of the Canadian Medical Protective Association. He held that position until his retirement in 1995. While in Ottawa, Clifford was active in St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church. Cliff and Peggy were also active volunteers with Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind, shepherding over 20 litters of future guide dogs into the world. The couple moved to Wasaga Beach in 2009 to live with their daughter and her family. Later, Cliff and Peggy moved to Chartwell Georgian Traditions Retirement Residence in Collingwood in 2016, where Clifford resided until his death.
Dr Amundson was predeceased by Peggy, his wife of 62 years, his son Burke and granddaughter Summer. He is survived by his daughter, Dr Heather Amundson of Collingwood Ontario, son James Amundson of Almonte Ontario and grandchildren Jennifer Standen, Kristen Layberry and Dylan Amundson.
Cliff’s family is grateful for the excellent care and support provided for Cliff and Peggy from the staff at Chartwell Georgian Traditions. Thank you, also, to the staff at Hospice Georgian Bay Campbell House for making Cliff and his family comfortable in his final days.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind (https://www.guidedogs.ca/) Cliff and Peggy’s devotion to this organization was significant and they would be pleased to see support for this cause. A memory book has been set up online at Fawcett Funeral Home in Collingwood (https://www.fawcettfuneralhomes.com/) where memories and notes can be written for the family. A celebration of life will occur at a future date in Selkirk, Manitoba with the spreading of ashes.