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Dr. Allan Lysack remembered for his commitment to medicine, community


The community of Dauphin is mourning the loss of a health care pioneer and strong community supporter.
Dr Allan Lysack died Feb. 3, at the age of 87.
Known mainly for his accomplishments in medicine, Lysack’s career spanned five decades from his joining the staff at Dauphin General Hospital in 1965 following his graduation from University of Manitoba’s School of Medicine to his retirement in 2017.
Throughout that time Lysack’s passion for the practice of medicine resulted in numerous accomplishments and accolades.
Lysack was instrumental in establishing the province’s first rural intensive care unit in Dauphin and also worked with other physicians to plan for the Dauphin Medical Clinic in the 1970s. He introduced several new surgical procedures and served as an assistant professor of Surgery at the University of Manitoba, serving as a role model and mentor to many young physicians.
Lysack also represented rural areas of the province with the Manitoba College of Physicians and Surgeons and was named the Manitoba Medical Association Physician of the Year in 1997.
In his obituary Lysack’s family asks that those inclined consider a donation in his name to the Dauphin Hospital Foundation, an organization he strongly supported throughout his career, according to foundation chair Greg Thompson.
“Dr. Lysack really loved and enjoyed his work over the years at Dauphin Regional Health Centre and he was so very dedicated and sincere in helping his patients,” Thompson said.
“Only once in a lifetime do you get to know and appreciate a person like Dr. Lysack, who helped shape the provision of health care in Dauphin and rural Manitoba early in his tenure. A truly caring and compassionate individual, we are saddened to learn of his passing, but will always acknowledge the legacy he left, not only in health care, but within the community overall.”
That community involvement resulted in Lysack and his wife Shirley being name the Dauphin and District Community Foundation’s Philanthropists of the Year in 2014.
“It’s very nice to be here and coming in 49 years, we were involved with our family, involved in the community, our church, it’s been a great town, a great place to live in and this honour is mostly for Shirley,” Lysack said at the time.
Lysack’s involvement in the community included being active in the Dauphin Agricultural Heritage Society, many times hosting the group’s annual Threshing Day on the family farm southwest of Dauphin.
Lysack’s recognition was not just local, but national in scope, being appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada in 2002 and receiving Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.
Predeceased by his parents and one child, Margie, Lysack is survived by his wife Shirley and their children Dr. Cathy Lysack, Dr. David Lysack, Dr. John Lysack, Andrea Lysack and Dr. Elizabeth Lysack and their families.
A private family service was held, Feb. 6, in Dauphin. Due to COVID-19 restrictions the family looks forward to a Celebration of Life at a later date.

Staff Writer