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Dr. T. Gail Cheff
April 18, 1962 - November 25, 2016
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<div itemprop="description">With sadness, we mark the passing of Gail Cheff, who died on Friday, November 25, 2016. Teresa Gail Webster was born to Edward and Marjorie (neé Glidden) on April 18, 1962 in Verdun, Quebec. She is predeceased by her father. She was a loving sister to Kevin (Armand Comeau), Bonnie (Marc Valiquette), Michael (Sue Sherling) and Sharon (Brian Cafferty). <br> <br> <br> <br>Gail is survived by her husband of 28 years, Brent. Uncommon in its simplicity and discretion, their enduring partnership offered a beacon of hope for romantics everywhere. Gail is also survived by her daughter Rebecca (Matthew Ferguson). A kind and caring mother who never feared making the difficult decisions required of the calling, she had become Rebecca’s greatest mentor, most trusted advisor and dearest friend. She leaves behind many, many cherished nephews and nieces. <br> <br> <br> <br>Gail joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1982 as a member of the Governor General’s Foot Guards, where she first met Brent. Through the Medical Officer Training Program, Gail graduated from the University of Ottawa, and then served as a medical officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force, because “blue was her favourite colour.” When she left the Forces in 1991, many former military patients followed her to her family practice in the basement of her home in Hunt Club and remained with her until she closed her office this past July. <br> <br> <br> <br>When the prognosis of Gail’s disease became clear, she had to close her office quite suddenly. This was a painful step for Gail, as caring for her patients was one of the great joys of her life. In the weeks following the closure of her family practice, Gail, her office team and her family were profoundly moved by the hundreds of cards that were received. These messages were a reminder to her family of the number of lives that she had positively touched during her 25 years of practicing medicine. It is a comfort to know that she will be remembered by so many. <br> <br> <br> <br>Gail was a voracious reader, avid gardener, wonderful cook, passionate photographer, loyal friend and generous spirit in every way. She was an earnest, spiritual person, whose moral confidence was a source of strength and stability for loved ones and friends. A gracious and energetic host, she was happiest when her cottage was overflowing with visitors and she was being serenaded by extremely amateur musicians on hot summer nights. <br> <br> <br> <br>As a family doctor, Gail compassionately helped many people through end-of-life preparations. Over the past few months, she followed her own advice, remaining thoughtful and engaged to the end. She revelled in the endless stream of family and friends who visited, and continued to embrace her role as host and as a fount of common sense, comfort and love. <br> <br> <br> <br>In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Ottawa Hospital Foundation. <br> <br> <br> <br>Friends and community members are invited to visit the family at: <br> <br>Capital Funeral Home & Cemetery <br> <br>3700 Prince of Wales Drive, Ottawa, ON, CANADA, K2C 3H1 <br> <br>Wednesday, 30 November 2016, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM <br> <br>Thursday, 1 December 2016, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM <br> <br> <br> <br>Family and friends are invited to a funeral mass for Gail at: <br> <br>Annunciation of the Lord Church, 2414 Ogilvie Rd, Gloucester, ON <br> <br>Friday, 2 December, 2016 at 11:00 AM <br> <br> <br> <br>A private interment will take place at a later date for family and friends <br> <br> <br> <br></div>