Minden doctor loses battle to cancer
|By Sue Tiffin - Staff Writer | March 19th, 2014
Dr. David Fiddler, who worked in the Minden emergency department for approximately 20 years, passed away on March 18 at Ross Memorial Hospital.
He had been battling cancer.
“Dave’s contributions to HHHS, the staff, and the community demonstrated his commitment, leadership and passion as a dedicated physician, colleague, and friend,” said Varouj Eskedjian, president and chief executive officer of Haliburton Highlands Health Services.
Fiddler visited the Minden hospital for minor injuries when he cottaged in the Haliburton Highlands as a boy. As an adult, he and his twin brother Doug both worked in the emergency services department of the Minden hospital.
“”Without him the hospital would not have been able to maintain emergency services,” said Dr. Steve Ferracuti of the Haliburton Highlands Family Health Team.
Ferracuti said that Fiddler was unquestionably committed to the community and health services everywhere, and that staff was feeling very sad about the news of his passing.
Dr. Doug Fiddler sent correspondence to colleagues to inform them of his brother’s death.
He wrote that Dr. John Nelson, a colleague of David’s in Fort Francis, said “his work ethic was unmatched by anyone. He genuinely cared to help people and never let the rules stop him from doing what was right for patients.”
“I cannot say it better, that was Dave,” wrote Doug. “I will try to carry on his legacy but he has pretty big shoes to fill.”
SUE TIFFIN is a reporter for The Highlander.