Founder of Heart Institute Passes Away

The University of Ottawa Heart Institute is mourning the death of Dr. Wilbert Keon.

The founder of the institute passed away peacefully on Sunday surrounded by his loved ones.

In a statement, the Heart Institute says “Dr. Keon dreamed of an institute that would provide the highest standard of cardiac care to the Ottawa community and beyond. His vision resulted in the world class Ottawa Heart Institute.”

The University of Ottawa Heart Institute opened its doors in May 1976.

My deepest sympathies on the passing of Dr. Wilbert Keon. He was a true Ottawa and Canadian icon who did so much for our community. One of his greatest legacies will be the creation of the Ottawa Heart Institute thay has saved literally thousands of lives

— Jim Watson (@JimWatsonOttawa) April 8, 2019

My thoughts are with the Keon family at this time. The former Senator and Doctor was a key leader in our city and his contributions to our country in medicine and public policy were profound and impactful.

— Lisa MacLeod (@MacLeodLisa) April 8, 2019

Very sad to hear of loss of Dr Wilbert Keon: @HeartInstitute founder, great supporter of @CHEOhospital and my former boss at @champlainlhin. Smart, pragmatic, and always always looking to make things better for people who need care. His legacy will long live on.#cdnhealth pic.twitter.com/gk9QBYSBDi

— Alex Munter (@AlexMunter_) April 8, 2019

Very saddened to hear of the loss of my dear friend Dr.Willy Keon. His tremendous vision, deep commitment to our region and his kindness made him one of a kind. I feel grateful to have known and worked with him. @HeartInstitute @bruyerecare @OttawaHospital @champlainlhin

— Peggy Taillon (@peggy_taillon) April 8, 2019

More to come