We share with heavy hearts and profound sadness, that our beloved Dad & PopPop, passed away Saturday January 9, 2021 after suffering a stroke. Born in Cardston, Alberta, Dad spent his early life in Waterton, Alberta before moving to the Westside of Vancouver. He attended Lord Byng High School and was known for his athletic ability setting records in track and field.  It was at Lord Byng that he met his soulmate Janet Hill (1994). Dad and Mum were married almost 40 years and were sweethearts since grade 11. Their union saw the arrival of their first daughter Devon Lori Jane, and a year later their second daughter Nancy Lynn came along. As a family we enjoyed a wonderful life on the Westside and later in the University Endowment Lands. We have a treasured abundance of heartfelt memories from our lives together which included annual holidays in Hawaii, sledding at Foreshore Park, BBQ’s at Birch Bay, running through the sprinklers, all kinds of road trips, so many happy times to recall and for that we are forever grateful.

Dad practiced medicine for 58 years, it was his passion and his purpose in life.  He was an incredible diagnostician who always wanted to know the diagnosis of a patient before referring to a specialist. Dad practiced “old school” medicine. He loved going on rounds at the hospital and equally loved house calls, getting to know his clients on a personal level and developing deep and long-lasting relationships. He was recognized for his attention to detail and accuracy throughout his career. In 1977 our family moved to Berkshire, UK where Dad began his studies at the Royal College of Physicians of London. This incredible journey resulted in Dad receiving a diploma in Industrial Health. Having returned to Vancouver, in 1982 Dad received a Certificate of Special Qualification from the Canadian Board of Occupational Medicine with Honors of the C.C.B.O.M During this part of his career he worked alongside his great friend and colleague Dr. L. Kornder in Occupational Medicine, serving the Canadian Government with unwavering commitment.

Being an extremely dedicated and committed physician Dad embarked on another educational journey when he decided to get his Masters in Business Administration. This degree proved to solidify how foolish his high school principal had been, as he had once told our Nana that “Craig ought to take up a trade as he’s a very poor student”. Dad went on to be the Medical Director at Grace Hospital, a job that was all consuming yet incredibly rewarding to him.  When he retired from Grace he went and worked at various clinics on the North Shore and in downtown Vancouver.  He also became an adjudicator for insurance companies as he could seemingly never retire and loved every minute of it. In 2001, Dad received the honor of becoming a Life Member of the College of Family Physicians of Canada.

His long-standing membership in the C.F.P.C and his contribution to Family Medicine were truly recognized with this significant acknowledgment. Dad was also extremely proud to be a member of the Honorary Medical Staff of the Vancouver General Hospital. Dad loved learning and never stopped.  He was a student of life, intrigued by history, religion, science, politics, technology, and many other topics. He was also incredibly handy and could build and fix pretty much everything.  He was a formidable gentleman knowing right from wrong, and never afraid to say so.  He was a formal man with manners and chivalry and we will miss his example as our touchstone.

Dad is survived by his daughter Devon Lori Jane and husband Vincenzo, his daughter Nancy, grandson Jason, his wife Mary, and the twinkle in his eye, great granddaughter Addison McKenzie. Dad moved to the Vancouver Island last year and his family was so grateful to have had this time with him albeit challenging with the ongoing pandemic.  We worked diligently to keep him safe in hopes of a vaccine and felt like happier times were just around the corner, then tragedy, but this is life.

We as a family were blessed to have Craig Low Thomson Galbraith for our Dad and PopPop.  He will remain in our hearts and be part of our souls as we continue our journey knowing that he is in the embrace of his beloved once again. May he rest in eternal peace and love~

Sadly, we will be unable to have a memorial service for our cherished Dad as we all adjust to the new normal but will honor his memory within our family at a future date.

Condolences may be offered to the family below.

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  • Joan Elliott

    Dear Family,
    Deep felt sympathy to you and yours.
    May the love around you sustain you through
    this difficult time.
    Craig and I had a wonderful friendship and
    I am grateful to have had him in my life..
    I still have one of his calls on my phone telling
    me how wonderful the moon looks and he hoped
    I could also see it!
    I know how much he loved his cat and I am sure
    He will also be heart broken like the rest of us.
    I would love to have a picture of Craig!
    Much love,
    Joan Elliott

  • Mary Alice Mirhady

    Craig was always so kind and gracious, such an active mind and wanting to share interests. Quite the Rennaissance man and a gentleman! He will be missed. Mary-Alice and David Mirhady

  • Don & Patricia White

    We were shocked and greatly saddened to read of Craig’s death. I last spoke to him a month ago when he said to me, “Go see your doctor.”

    We have been friends for over 65 years. My first wife Jean was a high school classmate of Craig and Janet. The four of us went to a “Dude Ranch” together is 15958. Craig got his first opportunity to practise Veterinary Medicine with a horse.

    Both Trish and I had many reciprocal lunches and dinners with Craig and Faye. We were invited to stay with him in Sydney but due to Covid we were unable to make our annual visit to the Island.

    With deepest sympathy

    Don and Trish White

  • Susan L Strafford

    Sorry for your loss. We have very fond memories of Dr. Galbraith at many events.

    Joan Hardy’s family
    (Joan was a life long friend of your Mom’s)

  • Colette Gerber

    I am so sorry for your loss! It was truly a honour to work with your father as his realtor. We had so many interesting conversations about politics, art and more. He truly was a gentleman, always having coffee on when I dropped by. I appreciated his intelligence, his compassion and his many interesting stories. I will miss him too.

  • Richard Barker

    Dr. Galbraith was our family physician twice. I was fortunate to have had him as my Doctor as I grew up and then again after he returned to family practice when I had my own young family.
    Many years in Kerrisdale.

    He was a wonderful Doctor and person.

    Our thoughts are with his family.

    The Barkers

  • Patti Atherton Harris

    Dr. Galbraith was our family Doctor when he shared his clinic with Dr. Sigurdson on West Broadway. I was fortunate enough to visit his family home in my 20’s when my former husband’s best friend, Danny met Nancy. Dr. Galbraith was kind enough to remember my Mother and shared some information with me that I had wondered about and provided me with some closure. I lost my Mother when I was 16.I have been grateful for this conversation throughout my life. Thank you Dr. Galbraith. I was never afraid to visit you in the office to receive my inoculations. My condolences to the family.

  • Merrely and Wayne Greene

    I have happy memories of our lunch time chats at 828 W10, usually about science but no topic was forbidden. May your spirit soar with the eagles and look favourably upon us.

  • Lara Gianesello

    Devon’ father was and will always be an example for me of love for medicine and for patients. Thanks to my special “sister” Devon for introducing me to this special colleague. I will miss him so!
    Condolences to the whole family from Franco, Mirella and Lara.

  • Rick Schwartz

    What a great remembrance for Pop-Pop. His dedication to his profession was unmatched. My condolences to the family, and all whose lives he touched.

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