It is with deep sadness and regret that we announce the passing of our brother, uncle, friend and, RN, Maurice Chiasson on May 23, 2020, in Whitehorse, Yukon, after a 15-month battle with cancer.
Maurice was born in Antigonish, N.S. on December 9, 1954, the son of the late Leo P. and Florence (Aucoin) Chiasson. He received his early schooling in the Antigonish area and graduated from St. Martha’s School of Nursing in 1980, having had previous work experience as a nursing orderly at St. Martha’s Hospital and the Nova Scotia Hospital in Dartmouth.
In 1980, Maurice began a distinguished nursing career in Vancouver, working at St. Paul’s Hospital, Shaughnessey Hospital, and Vancouver General Hospital. He subsequently completed a Certificate in Outpost Nursing. For many years, Maurice worked in various outposts, both large and small in the Yukon. His nursing and administrative skills led him to several years delivering critical care and advanced life support for the Medevac Air Ambulance service as well as acting as manager for their emergency response network. He was selected to be team leader and organizer for the SARS testing services at Vancouver airport and spent the summers of 2007 and 2008, working at the hospitals in Cheticamp and Antigonish. Most recently, Maurice worked at Copper Ridge Place retirement home, and Emergency Services at Whitehorse General before his cancer diagnosis forced him to retire.
Maurice was a skilled diagnostician, a fountain of medical knowledge and common sense, and in his dealings with patients in indigenous and outpost communities. In addition, he played a key role as a mentor for many young nurses who were making their way in the profession. His passions in his free time involved; cooking and baking, travelling to warm corners of the world, and spending time at the family cottage in Cheticamp.
As well as being wonderful health care provider, Maurice was a well-loved colleague and friend. Everyone who ever met him remembers him fondly. Those of us who were fortunate enough to be his friends have lost a truly special person that many of us loved dearly.
He had a way of making the room brighter with the smile that came from his eyes, a cheerful bit of news, and a sense of his overall joy in living. Maurice lived a good life with no regrets and leaves behind a legacy of care, compassion, friendship, and love.
He is survived by his siblings: Leona (George Williams), Antigonish, NS; Clifford (Anne McGlynn), Moncton, NB; Denise (Don Beadle), Robert’s Creek, BC; Andre, Singapore; his nephew: Mark Williams, Kittimat, BC; his nieces : Denise Williams, Hamilton, Ont.; Marcia (Chiasson) Dumbreck , Guelph, Ont.; Jennifer Chiasson, Banff, Alberta; and Julie Beadle, Sydney, Australia; as well as many cousins, near and far.
Cremation has taken place, and a Celebration of Life, whether in Yukon or Nova Scotia, will occur when travel restrictions due to Covid-19 are lifted.