By the time he was barely out of his teens, Gordon Humes was serving with the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve, and was posted to convoy duty in the North Atlantic during World War II. On leaving the Navy, Humes studied medicine at the University of Alberta in Edmonton and completed an internship at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver.

At the age of 29, Gordon Humes and his wife Evelyn arrived in Mission, where he and Dr. E.H. Erickson worked in a medical office on First Avenue over the Bank of Commerce. Humes was also the long-time doctor at St. Mary’s Residential School and was known as the local ”Indian doctor”. In 1966 he joined the Mission Oaks Medical Centre in Mission Oaks Mall. The Humes lived on the corner of Mary Street and Fifth Avenue, a house where one could often hear Gordon’s piano-playing on social occasions and at Christmastime.

Gordon and Evelyn were also committed to civic duties. Evelyn served as an alderwoman in Mission and Gordon contributed to the vision and the initiative to construct a new Mission Memorial Hospital in the early 1960s. Humes was not reticent about taking matters into his own hands. When organizational obstacles loomed, he enlisted the help of nurse June Wilson to locate and buy equipment for the new building, and to encourage the search for a hospital administrator, a position that was eventually filled by Neville Cox.

A highly influential and respected member of Mission, Gordon Humes’ contributions were remembered by the naming of a municipal park in his honour.

V. Bach

Source: Mission City Record 3 Mar 2011

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