It is with great sadness that we announce that our beloved husband, father and grandfather passed away on March 13, 2020.
David is survived by Lynn, his loving wife of 44 years; sons, Cameron and Jeffrey (Meagan); daughter, Andrea; and grandsons, Ethan Shragge and Mason Laforce-Shragge; sisters, Lynne (Allan) Becker and Ilene Shragge; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Born in Edmonton on August 5, 1948 to Phineas Shragge M.D. and Betty Diamond Shragge. David lived out his life as an Edmontonian, as a true gentleman and a man always generous in thought, word and deed.
David received a Bachelor of Arts followed by an M.D. degree with distinction from the University of Alberta in 1974. He practiced Emergency Medicine at the Misericordia Hospital until 2006. During that time he served Chief of Emergency Medicine and Ambulatory Care and was associate clinical professor in the Division of Emergency Medicine at the U of A. David was a forefather in the development of the specialty of Emergency Medicine and went on to obtain his Fellowship in Emergency Medicine RCPSC.
David served the profession of Medicine and Canadians in a manner that was exceedingly rare. He committed countless hours to causes that improved medical education, prehospital care and the advancement of the profession of Medicine.
He was a member of the board of trustees for a number of medical and health related organizations including Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, the University of Alberta Health Law Institute, the Medical Services Incorporated Foundation, and the Canadian Medical Protective Association. He was also past president of the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta.
David gave generously of his time and talents, and was a beloved mentor, educator and role model to scores of Physicians, Paramedics and Nurses, many of whom in turn provided him exemplary care during his final years.
Time spent with family was precious to David especially during retirement years when grandchildren and family pets added yet another dimension. ‘Grandpa’ was his favourite new role and playground dates and reading times were not to be interfered with.
David will be greatly missed by all who had the privilege of calling him family or friend, and will live on in our hearts and memories forever.