Editor, The News:
Re: Beloved Maple Ridge doctor passes away (The News, Oct. 16).
I was fortunate enough to have Clarence Fernandes as my doctor for 35 years.
He never judged anyone who came asking for help and always treated everyone with dignity.
His wise, intelligent eyes would focus on you as he considered how to heal not only your physical pain, but emotional and human pain, as well.
His humour, patience and kindness shone through to everyone who met him or were blessed to be under his care.
I believe I met Dr. Fernandes for a reason. He pulled me up from the darkness of my soul when I felt lost or beaten by illness. He shared my concern and celebration of my children and family throughout our lives, and he inspired me as a mentor, as I am now in college to become a healer.
Thank you, Dr. Fernandes. I feel honored to have known you.