It is with sadness that we learned on Friday that Dr. John Dade has passed away.
John and his charming wife Juliette arrived on the island in 1981 and departed in 1989.
As the Chief Medical Officer for the North Solomons Medical Foundation, John was the driving force who planned and delivered the construction, equipping, staffing and operation of the Arawa Private Hospital.
Many claimed that this was a virtual impossibility but with his vision and drive John was able to deliver a first-class facility that complemented the wonderful service that was also available from the Arawa General Hospital.
John and Juliette cherished their time on the island where they thoroughly embraced the cultural diversity the experience afforded them. John was a keen 'squashie' and engaged in 'mortal combat' every Friday afternoon on the Arawa squash courts.
Before and after his time on Bougainville, John had his private practise in Mornington where his service to the local football fraternity is legendary as a Life Member of the Mornington Football Club.
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2 August 2013
Condolences Dr John Dade
Posted by Yours truly at 10:00