CASSELMAN, Dr. Juanita - Peacefully at Mt. Hope in London on Sunday, August 5, 2012, Nita Casselman, nee Wood of London in her 92nd year. Beloved wife of the late Dr. Bruce Casselman (1995). Loving mother of Jay (Ian) and Ken of Toronto. Nita was born in Vancouver. She grew up in poverty after her father's injury, and was raised by her mother Louise, brother Jimmy, and sister Winnie. She persevered through High School but developed tuberculosis. In the sanitorium she nurtured a dream to be a physician - an extraordinary ambition for a woman in the 1940s, especially from her background. At the University of British Columbia she met Bruce who supported her goals and together they entered the world of medicine. They also hoped for children and after surgery, Nita was able to give birth to Ian and Ken. She became a psychiatrist and helped the young and the old, artists, architects and musicians, men and women in business and academe, carrying on her practice long after her classmates had retired. She thought she would spend her 80s writing, playing piano, and gardening, but in 2003 a car accident left her with a serious spinal cord injury. She endured persistent pain and progressive loss of the use of her limbs, but continued to touch others and inspire. She is survived by her sons, their partners, and her granddaughters. Visitation on Friday August 10 from 7-9 p.m. at the James A. Harris Funeral Home, 220 St. James St. at Richmond. The funeral service will be conducted at New St. James Presbyterian Church, 280 Oxford St. E. at Wellington, on Saturday, August 11 at 11:00 a.m. Cremation will be followed by interment in Vancouver. Memorial contributions to the medical charity of your choice, or to TVO would be gratefully acknowledged.
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