Dr. Robert H. Deane

April 18, 1948 to January 8, 2020


Passed away peacefully at the Health Sciences Centre on the 8th of January, 2020 at the age of 71.  Predeceased by his parents Owen and Penelope of South Africa and his wife Peggy.  Leaving to mourn with cherished memories his three loving children Laura, Andrea and Richard, his loving companion Karen Stewart-Williams, brother David of Australia as well as a large circle of extended family, good friends and medical colleagues.  He fought a short battle with cancer, kind and gracious to the end.  His life was dedicated to helping and healing his patients, touching lives in his home country South Africa, the U.K. and for 37 years as an orthopedic surgeon at the Janeway Children’s Hospital.  He will be fondly remembered by all for his charm, contagious smile, and cheerfulness.  The family would like to thank the staff of the Health Sciences Centre, 4 North A, in particular, Dr. K. Downton, for their compassionate care and support.  We will celebrate his storied life with friends and family at Carnell’s Funeral Home, 329 Freshwater Road, on Friday, January 10th from 3 – 5 pm and 7 – 9 pm.  Funeral to be held at the Anglican Cathedral, 16 Church Hill, on Saturday, January 11th, 2020 commencing at 2:00 pm.  In lieu of flowers donations in Robert’s memory may be made to the Dr. Charles A. Janeway Child Health Centre.



3 - 5 pm on January 10, 2020

7-9 p.m. on January 10, 2020

Carnell’s Funeral Home
329 Freshwater Road
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Anglican Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

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I was so saddened to hear of Dr. Deane’s passing.. Robert and Peggy were such special neighbors, .. their love of their children was so apparent in the years I babysat Laura, Andrea and Richard. I’m sure all of the parents on the block felt much reassured about our trampoline knowing Dr. Deane was next door. My understanding of how much Dr. Deane cared for all children expanded when he gave me my first ‘real’ job, digitizing xrays for him at the Janeway. Dr. Deane was an endlessly kind, generous, witty giant with a humbling dedication to healing, I was so lucky to have known him. His passing is such an enormous loss. Thinking of you kids Laura, Andrea and Richard, Love you x.

How sorry I was to hear of Dr Deane’s passing !
Dr Deane was my professor then a trusted orthopaedic consultant for so many patients in my practice here in St John’s over the last 20 years ..
He treated my own family including my beloved dearly departed son Mark whose active life brought a few broken bones as a younger child …
I will never …I repeat NEVER forget Dr Deane ‘s calm
reassuring manner .
A true gentleman
May God bless the family in this difficult time

I did not have the pleasure of meeting Dr. Deane or his family, but knew his late wife Peggy (Neary) from growing up on Circular Road in the 1960s and ’70s near the brewery. Peggy was a bit older than us, and was always around on the street. We were saddened to hear of her passing, almost 15 years ago now, and then further dismayed by the mistakes in her treatment and the treatment of so many others. It sounds like both she and her husband instilled resilience and character in their children. May they both rest in peace.

Bob’s sudden illness was an unexpected shock to all of us. I was sad to hear about his passing and I know the last couple of weeks have been very difficult for the family. Bob was such a compassionate person and he was always generous to all his friends and family. I will always remember his outgoing approach to life and his interest in beekeeping on the mines and his enthusiasm for scuba diving around the shores of Cape Town. I will be here to offer support and assistance to Laura and Andrea and Richard and Karen whenever it’s needed so please don’t hesitate to contact me directly or through other members of the family if you need any help..

Mag u in vrede rus. You will be missed Dr. Deane.

We are so sorry to hear of Dr. Deans passing. I was his first secretary at the Janeway Appartments some 35 years ago . Great man with an awesome personality may He Rest In Peace.

Cindy joins me in expressing our heartfelt condolences to Laura, Andrea, Richard and Karen on the passing of our family friend Bob. An outgoing and happily social soul he nevertheless made everyone feel like they were the only person in the room., genuinely interested in you…positive, kind and thoughtful…and with a great sense of humour. He uplifted people’s spirits just being Bob. We will miss him.

I am so sad to hear of the passing of my cousin Bob, and send love and condolences to Laura, Andrea, Richard and Karen. I will hold you all in my prayers. I know Bob loved you all dearly and was very proud of his children. There are only four of us cousins, so there will always be a special place in my heart for him..
Our paths were in different countries for most of our lives, but I see from the condolence messages that he was a distinguished and much loved healer, and worthy successor to my grandfather, Dr Henry Hemsted from Kenya (after whom he is named).
I did not really see the professional side of his life and remember mostly the time with him while we were both studying at the University of Cape Town in the late 60s and early 70s, when we had many times of fun (and his wonderful laughter) together. I recall that he spent quite a lot of time eluding the attentions of the fisheries inspectors while diving for crayfish (numbers over the legal limit!) which he sold to the local restaurants to fund his medical student lifestyle. I suspect that his studies might have suffered as a result of this, but he seems to have made up for the mis-spent time of his youth, judging by the respect and love shown to him.

Hamba gahle Bob – I understand that we might be having a gathering for your friends and family in South Africa in the near future, where we will be able to say goodbye in a fitting way.

When I was 12 years old, a sore arm and a bad fall led to the discovery that I had a bone tumour in my arm. I remember so many visits with Dr Deane, who would answer all my questions in addition to those of my parents as I went through biopsies and bone grafts. He was an incredible surgeon and Newfoundland was lucky to have him. My sincere condolences on what is a loss to us all, and his family especially so.

Laura , Andrea and Richard. My God how Bob loved you!. How he stroveto be the Dad you loved, the Father you needed and the Mentor you could depend on. Together we often spoke of the challenges of single parenting multiple children . We tried to support each other on this Journey of love and loss as we navigated raising amazing kids who challenged us. How to keep you curious and demanding and empathetic and inclusive and yet independent and strong and moralistic and hopeful??. And we assured each other that your brilliance and strength and optimism in reality that kept us focused and bright and enthusiastic was not only for our future but Future for all. Yes. Oh yes . Your dad loved you. Yes he devoted his life as a single parent to your lives. Your needs and wants and potential were the focus of his totality as a father . But he never for one moment felt he was sacrificing one second of his own life for yours . He knew and felt and believed and lived your Promise . And he was delighted and honoured to play a role in what you and your potential offered to us all. And oh how he Loved you. How his heart nearly burst with pride and honour and humility and love and Hope for a world that he was sure was all the better for your part in it. Please God you go froward knowing how he Loved you and trusted you. Stay together and honour him by your Love for each other . As a fellow single parent Bob leaves me with an inspiration to provide my children with such unconditional love and faith. God Bless you all. . Bob was and will always be a Hero to me and mine . Take comfort in his Love for you and his confidence. That you would always be there for each other. Xoxo

So deeply saddened to hear of Dr. Deane’s passing. He was the first and only Dr. to listen to my frustration and was incredibly understanding. My son had shortened tendons and in severe pain since he learned to walk, after seeing multiple doctors, I was finally referred to Dr. Deane. He only seen my son once and quickly arranged for the first surgery, after that he injected Botox for an experimental treatment and it worked.. My son is now sixteen and playing football and going to the gym every morning. Dr. Deane listened to my concerns, and he always made sure that we were well informed about the treatment he was providing for my son. He will be missed. Deepest Condolences to his family and friends.

So deeply saddened to hear of Dr Dean’s passing. My daughter was a patient of his in the past 3 years at the Janeway. Dr. Dean was always cheerful, with a smile and positive attitude. My daughter would often be upset with limitations due to her knee injury preventing her from playing in her love of sports. Dr. Dean took the time to listen to her concerns. Her last visit was almost a year ago, when he shook her hand (as well as ours)saying your knee is healed and everything is good. Good luck with your sports ! He will be missed! Deepest condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.

Dr. Deane was a such a passionate and kind-hearted person who truly cared. While traveling to see him at the Janeway for 3-4 years for appointments and having 3 knee operations, he was always determined to help me in anyway. He wasn’t satisfied if I wasn’t with my progress of getting back to my normal self. May he rest peacefully.

Dr. Deane performed my back surgery at St. Clare]s Hospital when he first came to NL.. He was such a caring dr. That surgery enabled me to continue my work as an R.N.I am so sorry for your loss.

Laura, Andrea and Richard and family. Thinking of you today and sorry to hear about your dad’s passing. He was very proud of you all and you have all grown up. I hope you keep memories close to help you through this time and if you every need anything I am still in the same place.

Deepest condolences to Laura, Andrea and Richard on your terrible loss.
Bob was a fine gentleman who touched so many lives in this Province.
Paris and Janette Georghiou

Sending my deepest condolences to Andrea, Richard and Laura. Dr. Deane was my orthopedic surgeon for over 18 years at the Janeway and his grace, expertise, and gentleness was nothing short of the best. He will be dearly missed.

sending my condolences to the family, I’m truly so sorry for your loss, Dr.Deane was my doctor in the Janeway back in 2004 when I had a serious ATV accident and broke my collar bone, he was truly an amazing person so sweet and kind he will be greatly missed

Please accept our prayers and sincere condolences. Catherine and Richard Steele

Robert operated on my hand in the 80’s when he was working at st clare’s for another surgeon. I grew to know him outside of the hospital and he never failed to be courteous kind and so funny. RIP Robert

Condolences to Laura, Andrea and Richard. We have such fond memories of your dear Dad and our great friend. of 52 years. A unique person with a great sense of humor and of adventure, a love of life and with a huge heart and warmth of personality. A dear friend through university days, group holidays as junior doctors and beyond, usher at our wedding, and frequent visits over many years to both Sue and I here in Cape Town and in the UK. He brought joy to the lives of all he touched. He will be very fondly remembered. Gone too soon

Laura, Andrea and Richard my heart goes out to you all at your loss. I remember both of your parents very well, having worked with them both at the Janeway. Let your happy memories get you through the difficult days ahead. While there will certainly be tears, remember that it is ok to share a laugh over some of these memories as well. Take care.

I well remember Bob when he came to Newfoundland, as a charming man, who made the decision to practice at The Janeway Hospital, which needed a full time paediatric surgeon..He will be sadly missed and my condolences to the family.

Our family is forever grateful of the many surgery’s he did on my feet as a baby and up until I was to old to go to the janeway anymore. I was born with both club feet and it was because of his knowledge I was able to walk again. He always told my parents by the time I was 25 I might be in wheelchair I am now 31 and still able to walk.. many times because of the long distance to travel to a appointment he would take us in early so we could get on the road for home he was just that kind of man. Rest in peace doctor deane. You where the best
Drover Family Mings Bight NL

So sorry to hear of my Janeway colleague, Bobs passing. My condolences to the family .

Dr. Deane is the man who saved my live when I was 12 years old. I almost died in a bike accident then there was talk that I would lose my leg. But he showed me the true meaning of persistence and medicine and he’s the reason I’m in my pre med degree today. He holds such a special place in my heart and will continue to be my inspiration. I thank him everyday that I can walk.
My heart is with the entire family. Know what a true angel you have above you. May he rest peacefully.

We first met Dr..Deane at the Janeway with our son Andrew. Several years later Andrew had a sliding accident and your dad did his surgery. . Dr.Deane was so kind and compassionate as we went through everything. Several years later my son Stephen became friends with Andrea through school. Your dad was always so lovely when we met at school functions .I remember at Andrea’s prom when we all went to the Russell’s for a get together before . Andrea and your dad were a little late . Your dad took Andrea to get her dress altered. I was so impressed with how thoughtful your dad was that day. He wanted everything to be perfect for your Prom. Keep all the wonderful memories close to your heart.

Thinking of your family

Craig and Brenda Hiscock

Laura, Andrea and Richard,

I am so very sorry for your loss. Your dad was a very special person; full of kindness, compassion and generosity. The tributes here are a testament to his impact on so many lives, mine included. Take care of each other. It is my hope that your memories will bring you comfort in the days ahead. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

So sorry to hear of the passing of Dr. Deane. He was my daughter’s Doctor for many years. His kindness and compassion was so greatly appreciated. He was such a wonderful Doctor to his patients, and to their parents

Dr.Deane’s Family we are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of your Father and Companion. Like many others our relationship began with Dr. Deane at the Janeway sixteen years ago. At that time our family and friends were praying for a miracle that some day our baby girl would be able to walk. Without medical intervention this would not be possible, so with the work of a very gifted pair of hands and meticulous care we witnessed a true miracle. For the past three months we have prayed for another miracle to be returned to those healing hands but this time it was not meant to be. Without Dr.Deane we would definitely not be where we are today, he has changed our lives forever, taking on a rare genetic condition with our daughter and handling it with confidence and professionalism. We have so many fond memories but one that always stands out is the fact that Shelby made it known to all the Janeway staff that Dr.Deane was the special one and after an appointment she would often say “Dr. Dean your my favorite ” and he would respond ” your mine too”. Shelby’s last gift to Dr.Deane included a quote ” I am as lucky as can be for the world’s best doctor cares for me”, no truer words have ever been spoken. As we continue on this unknown journey without you, we will miss you dearly but be forever grateful to have you in lives for the past sixteen years, we were blessed. Rest easy Dr. Deane, your work on earth is done.

My son was a patient of Dr. Deane’s at the Janeway. He always made us feel comfortable and encouraged us at every visit. He was an amazing person and doctor and will be missed. Very sorry for your loss

My name is Pauline Benoit, Dr Dean took care of my two granddaughters, one for 11 years and the other for 2 years. He was always very sweet and kind. My deepest condolences to the family, RIP Dr Dean 😢

My name is Gillian Fleming and Dr.Dean operated on my back to put steel rods in when I was 17. he told me that if I didnt have that surgery by the time I was in my 30`s I would either be on oxygen or worse . If it wasnt for Dr. Dean and Dr. Sashpal I may not be here today!

Dear Laura, Andrea and Richard,
Our heartfelt sympathy and love surround you as you mourn the enormous loss of your Dad. We hope you will feel comforted by love of friends and relatives.
Your Dad was a wonderful person and showed his love for you in participating in your many activities during your years at St. Bon’s.
With love, Nabil, Tanya, Christina and Nadia Shalaby

My deepest condolences to the family of Dr. Deane. I was a patient of his since I was born with a club foot. He performed the surgery and was a prominent figure in my early life and throughout. He was always kind, well-spoken, and had a smile no matter what. He will be missed by many who he had an impact on. Thoughts and prayers.

I am so sad to hear of Bob’s passing. I am one of what must be countless parents of children that were under Bob’s care at one time or another. Later we became acquaintances through other connections and he was equally caring and gentle, fun and interesting.
His legacy is sound and I am grateful to have known him.

My sincere condolences to Laura, Andrea and Richard and all of your family on the passing of your dad. I recently retired from the Janeway and worked with your dad many years ago in the OR and over the years in other areas of the hospital. He was a great physician and a wonderful person. He will be missed by so many for sure. I hope your fond memories will help carry you through this very difficult time. Prayers and thoughts are with you all.

Laura, Andrea and Richard. My sincere condolences on the passing of your dad. I was your fathers secretary for over twenty years at the Janeway. Children’s Hospital. He will be sadly missed. Look after each other in this difficult time as that is what both your dad and mom would have wanted.. May God wrap his loving arms around you and see you through the dark days ahead. Cherish all your memories of them both.

Dr. Deane left a lifelong impact on me when he helped me as a young child of four years old. I had been in a pretty bad car accident, and the prognosis was not good. My femur bone was broken./shattered, and it was determined that I would never walk again.

Well, thanks to Dr. Deane’s expertise, and his incredible medical knowledge, that nightmare never came true. He came up with a solution that allowed my broken femur to heal, and allowed me to regain my ability to walk.

I am extremely saddened to hear about his passing. Even though it was a very long time ago now, he had a tremendous impact on my life that will last forever.

Heartfelt condolences to his family.

And may he rest in peace.

My heart was broken on receiving the news of his passing . Our family owe him so very much words could never express how much gratitude and respect we have for him my words can never express….
the most thoughtful kind considerate dr And I’m so happy to have had you in our sons life and what you did for him I could never thank you 🙏
Love baby boy Francis

Sad to hear of Bob passing. He will be remembered for his cheeky smile, hearty laugh and his diligent caring for others. We had the privilege of being in his company many times over the years and always enjoyed his friendship.
Karen Pottle and George Hache’

We are very sorry to hear this sad news. Bob was a lovely man , neighbour and colleague. He will be missed by many. I hope that as a family , Laura, Andrea and Richie ,can stick together and support each other through this very difficult time. We are thinking about you all.
Clíona Mcmanamon and Tim Strand.

Rest In Peace, Bob. Was a pleasure knowing you, all these years.. My sincerest condolences to to your family

So very sorry to hear this news such a lovely doctor who treated both of our children. We respected him very much. Please accept our deepest condolences.

With deepest sympathy on the passing of Dr. Deane to his family and co workers. My son was a patient of his at the Janeway and he was always so kind and caring every time we would see him. On our first visit he called the technician and in a very gentle voice said “I realize you’re done for the day but would you do a scan for me before you leave.?” The technician never hesitated to say “yes send him right over.” Obviously the kindest he showed to his patients and colleagues resonated throughout all that he did. We consider ourselves fortunate to have experienced his gentle kindness and expertise. RIP Dr. Deane you deserve it!

Laura, Andrea, Richard
I had the privilege of working as part of the “janeway community” for 35 years and remember your dad as such a kind, caring, professional and well respected physician. He was well loved by the children and families under his care. What a tremendous service he has provided to the children and families of Newfoundland and Labrador as well as the decades of medical students, and health professionals he mentored. My sincerest condolences.
Joanne Simms
Retired nurse practitioner Janeway

Our deepest condolences to Bob’s family. He was such a warm and kind soul and will be sorely missed by us and by his many friends, colleagues and patients

Lee & Martha Shinkle

Good bye Bob. I will always remember your great smile and your days of participating in St. John’s triathlon with a gang of us who had never before swam, biked and ran!! You were a part of a great group of locals who pioneered the sport in St. John’s in the mid 1980’s. You were always enthusiastic, engaging and friendly. You will be missed.

Ron Edmunds

So sad to hear of Dr. Deane’s passing. If only the world had many more like him it would be a much better place. Remembering all the times he made my son smile when he had appointments. RIP Dr. Deane

Our condolences to the family of Dr. Deane, a lovely and gracious man.

Sorry to hear about the loss of Dr.Dean.
I had him as my orthopedic doctor as a child and he performed all 3 of my operations. He would always make me laugh when at appointments and always took the time to say hello when out in public.
Dr.Dean will be forever missed there will not be another doctor like him.
Rest in peace Dr. Dean

My deepest condolences on the loss of such a kind soul and amazing teacher. I never expected my career in family medicine to include so much orthopedics but the lessons taught by Dr. Deane were so helpful to me in my early career in Jasper, AB. He has a wonderful legacy and will continue to help so many through the students and residents he mentored.

So sorry to fear of Bob’s passing..I have known and worked alongside Peggy and Bob at Janeway Emergency Department.for many years .Both having the same kind ,cheerful personalities.and were admired for their work .Heartfelt condolences to their children Laura,Andrea and Richard……Sheila HOWARD RN

Our whole family thanks God for Dr. Deane every day. Every step our son ever took is because of him. When all else failed, Dr. Deane performed a merical surgery on our sons clubbed feet and has cared for him for the last 14 years. Dr. Deane will always have a special place in each of our hearts. We share in your sadness and send heartfelt condolences.

Tim, Vanessa, and Nolen Benoit

So sorry to hear of Dr. Dean’s passing. He was a great doctor and helped my son through a difficult time which I will never forget. He always had a smile and always took the time to listen and explain. Great loss. My condolences to the family.

What sad news. Bob was a prime mover in the collaboration between medicine and engineering at MUN, involving faculty, residents and students, which engaged me for a number of years. Together we visited other such university research groups and attended the same conferences, in Canada and abroad. Bob was always the perfect gentleman/gentle man, attentive, kind and supportive. I shall never forget our fruitful period of professional interaction, and his spontaneous attention and interest at every encounter since. Sincere condolences to all his family.

It is so very sad to learn of Bob’s passing. Bob and Peggy were neighbours downtown and we often crossed paths at India Gate or the Duke or out and about. They were both so lovely.

One of my fondest memories of Bob was when he appeared quite dramatically at my office door on Hallowe’en with Laura, Andrea and Richard when they were young children. He was dressed as Count Dracula with a fabulous satin cape and the full regalia. He had the children hidden within the cape until, arms spread out, and extending to his full considerable height, they wiggled out, released for their treats!

We only recently reminisced about this when we ran into each other at Larry Dohey’s funeral in September. What a delight it was to see Bob and Karen and what an angel she has been for Bob.

Please accept my sympathy.

Christina Perry

Deepest condolences to Dr. Deane’s family. He was one of the good ones. His humour and wisdom put me at ease when I had a horrific bone injury as a young teenager. Rest peacefully.

In 1996 our two daughters were involved in a pedestrian/motor vehicle accident. We met Dr. Deane for the first time at the Janeway Emergency Department. His empathetic and calming demeanour helped all of us during this trying ordeal. He performed surgery on both our daughters and continued to see them over the course of the next year. He was always smiling and always made the girls feel that they were the most important patients in the world. The medical community has lost a very caring and competent paediatric orthopaedic surgeon.

Randy and Denise Hammond

Dean helped me not just as a doctor but as a person. He always made me laugh and I was never worried when he was working on me. He will forever be missed.

I worked with Peggy Deane and Bob, from day one of their illustrious professional and personal journey at the Janeway Hospital.
Peg came first, serving outstandingly in her so caring and dedicated ways, in a number of nursing positions, including the under 5 y.of age ward and the emergency dpt. Peg and I worked often on shared patients. and I admired her quality of care, judgement and compassion.. I admired her particularly for her fierce determination to fight on cancer and try to live on for the sake of husband and children, including a trip to Walt Disneyland to share its memories forever with them.,
Bob came to us from South Africa as a highly competent pediatric orthopedic surgeon, joining Dr Dave Landells. As I provided rheumatological services,. we became a natural fit in collaboration and interdependence. The obituary describes him so aptly as”kind and gracious with a contagious smile and cheerfulness”.. He was sincere, respectful of others and never condescending.. Readily available to gladly assist, never complaining about impositions. The outpouring of testimonials from patients and families speaks volume about his services, competence and humanity..
I feel emptiness in my heart and extend my sincere condolences to Laura, Andrea ,Richard and Karen. He will truly be missed and long remembered, Chuck

Dr. Deane was my specialist from the day I was born up until I was 18 years old. I spent a lot of time in his presence as he, myself, and my mom navigated an (at that time) unfamiliar disability. He did a lot for me in that regard, always got me the proper information and help that I needed and is the reason I thrive so well as an adult. I know he did the same for a lot of his other patients and we’re all sos grateful. Very sad to hear of his passing, he holds a very special place in mine and my mom’s heart. He impacted many lives. My condolences and my heart are with his family and everyone who knew him.

Sending my deepest condolences to the Deane family.
I know first hand of Dr. Deans kind heart and spirits. He had helped me through multiple knee surgeries and is the reason I was able to continue playing basketball in my teen years. For that I am truly grateful.
My thoughts and prayers are with all of his family and loved ones. He will be missed and forever appreciated. May he Rest In Peace.

So sad to hear the news on his passing . He will be missed a lot at the Janeway .. sincere condolences to his family and friends .

Sending our condolences to your family. Dr. Deane was a wonderful doctor, who displayed great kindness when helping my son and daughter after they broke limbs. We truly appreciated all that he has done for our family.

We were so very saddened to hear of Dr. Deane’s passing. He was one of those special physicians who connected with the patient and the family in the most sincere and caring way. Dr. Deane looked after our son Liam and always told us when we went in for regular appointments – always with that great smile – that he was one of Liam’s biggest fans – and we knew he meant it. We were so fortunate to have Dr. Deane in our lives and he will be missed by all.

Deepest condolences to his family. May he Rest in Peace.

I was a patient of doctor Deane’s from the time I was 5 years old up until I was 18. The time that I spent at the Janeway in his care was filled with compassion and love.

I send my thoughts and condolences, he was a wonderful person.

Dr. Deane was a genuine, kindhearted man. A class act. He spoke to his patients (my daughter being one) with compassion and sincerity. We all knew Dr. Deane cared.

I’m truly sorry for your loss. Please know that I’ll be sure to do kind acts to honour Dr. Deane’s memory.

Laura, Andrea, Richard and loved ones of Bob,

I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Bob. My heartfelt condolences on the loss of such a wonderful person. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this very sad time.

Dr. Deane helped me through the worst time of my life when I was in the hospital he made sure I was ok and didn’t do surgery unless it was absolutely needed and he was the best doctor I ever had. Rip Dr. Deane ❤️

Our most heartfelt condolences to Dr. Deane’s family, friends and co-workers. He performed several surgeries on our daughter during her years at the CP Clinic. A brilliant surgeon with a big smile and an even bigger heart of gold. His passing will be a huge loss to the Janeway. May every wonderful memory that you have of or made with him, ease the heartache that is felt today. Heaven has gained a wonderful man. God bless you all.

Laura, Andrea, and Richard,

I recently retired as Director at the Janeway and had the privilege of working with your Dad for my entire 30 year career. He was a phenomenal orthopaedic surgeon who gave his heart to his patients as is evidenced by the many tributes submitted here to honour him.

He was also greatly respected and loved by his many past and present colleagues and staff at the Janeway and will be greatly missed.

I also worked with your Mom for many years as a staff nurse in Janeway ED before she passed away. Together, they both loved you all dearly .

Take comfort in your memories of your parents and know that they both will be lovingly remembered and forever missed. Embrace the love and support that surrounds you and always hold them in your hearts.

Arlene Scott, Retired Director Children’s and Women’s Health Services, Eastern Health

Our sympathies to the family of a wonderful doctor and person. An excellent surgeon with a heart of gold. He did 2 surgeries on our daughter to reconstruct her leg and even after she turned 18 he continued to see her at the Janeway. A truly kind gentleman and human being. He will be missed.

Our sincere condolences to Dr Deane’s family. Such a tremendous loss.
Dr Deane performed 3 surgeries and cared for our son from a toddler until 19 when he graduated him to the adult medical world only a couple of short months ago. We will be eternally grateful for all he has done.
Rest in Peace.

Dr. Deanne followed our twin girls from birth until their late teens for orthopedics related to clubbed feet. One eventually competed for Team NL in Canada Games in Track while the other was an accomplished swimmer locally and on the mainland. So many visits, consults and procedures over the decades. Without him and his staff they may not have attained these goals. As parents and a family his expertise and dedication made our lives easier and more full through the successes of our girls. Thank-you once again Dr. Deanne! To his family and friends our heartfelt condolences – we could only hope to leave such an incredible legacy of our own.

Dr. Dean set my daughters arm when she broke it as a child. He was caring, and skillful, and we knew we were in good hands. Such a tremendous loss and my condolences to his family and friends.

Very sorry. He was so kind to my son.

So sorry !
Our condolences goes to the family and to the friends!He was a real gentleman, a caretaking father and a wonderful friend. His laugh and his voice made us smile and happy! He deserved a longer life in happiness . Elfie and Juergen Witless Bay/ Berlin.

So very sad to hear. I always loved to have a chat with Dr. Deane around the nursing station. He will definitely be missed. Thoughts are with the family during this time.

This is heart breaking, Dr. Deane was a wonderful man. He did a lot for me as he performed my surgery when 16 years old and I am now 37. He certainly helped me as I have a mild form of Cerebral Palsy and thankfully still going strong. I owe Dr. Deane my gratitude for all the good work he did, Rest in Peace. All my heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.

I had the occasion to meet Dr. Deane when he came upon two accident scenes I was at as a paramedic in the Holyrood area . On one of the calls he gave up what he was doing and returned to St. John’s with us to aid the patient as it was a very serious call. Rest in peace Dr. Deane and thank you.
Adrian MacDonald
Dartmouth, NS.

Laura, Andrea, Richard and Karen we are deeply sorry for your loss. Bob was a dear friend for many years. He was always optimistic, had a smile on his face and a contagious laugh. He was a loyal friend, a devoted father and a talented surgeon. We will miss Bob more than words can express. We send our love

I am so sorry for the loss of Dr Dean. He was a great surgeon. He helped my son so much and its because of him my son can walk much better today. My sincerest condolences to his family. God bless

To Norma …So sorry for your loss. I know how much love you have in your heart for your sister’s family. My God grant you all His holy peace at this time.

Dr. Deane’s passing is a great loss to the medical community and to the people of our province. He was a wonderful doctor to my son, Jonathan when he was a toddler. He was a gentle healer who genuinely cared for everyone who came to him for medical care and attention. What a blessing he was. We will always be grateful for his wonderful work. His, was a life well lived, indeed. Condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues.
‘We’ll done, good, and faithful Servant! ‘
Rest in peace.

Well this is a total shock. I would like to take a few moments to say my condolences to the Family doctor Deane was simply one of the best doctors that Janeway children’s hospital ever had. He helped me through a lot I’m thankful where I am today because of his great knowledge over the years. You were a great doctor. May you rest in peace.

Such an amazing Dr. , he helped my child use her arm again I’ll be so ever grateful for this wonderful man , sending our condolences to your family …

To Richard, Laura and Andrea and all who loved Bob….. my thoughts and prayers are with you at this very sad time. May he rest in peace.

Sorry to hear of Dr. Dean’s passing… Condolences to the family.. He was a wonderful person and an awesome doctor..

I recall Dr Deane treating my daughter in the 90’s .He was such a gentle caring respectful man our daughter absolutely adored him. Our sincere sympathy goes out to his family .Our thoughts and prayers are with you .RIP Dr.

Thoughts and prayers are with your family! He was an amazing man and dr! He cared so much about his patients , he even came to the hospital on his day off in a track suit to visit Hailey a few days after he done her surgery last year, said he was sitting at home relaxing but couldn’t get Hailey off his mind so he got up a came in for a visit! Just amazing how much he cared and his expertise is one of the reasons my baby girl is able to walk today ! Rest In Peace Dr. Deans.

Too soon. It does not seem fair to lose someone like Bob who had so much to offer and continue giving..
We hold such fond memories of this gentle person. Rest peacefully Bob and may you mingle with great competitors on the tennis courts in the great beyond.

Sending condolences to The Deane family and all my coworkers who worked closely with Dr. Robert Henry Deane at the Janeway. I was his Secretary for a short while and one thing I can tell you is that the kids and generation of families loved him dearly. He was a brilliant orthopedic surgeon and had a great sense of humor. He will be sadly missed by his medical family and patients. RIP Dr. Deane xo

Condolences to the family. He was very nice to our daughter when she broke her arm many years ago.He was a very nice man So very sorry for your loss

I was shocked and truly saddened to learn of Dr. Deane’s passing. Two years ago my daughter broke her elbow (olecranon) while playing spotlight at a friend’s birthday party. She was admitted to the Janeway right away that night with surgery (to insert pins) scheduled the next morning.

Not surprisingly, my daughter was extremely nervous, as were her father and I. Dr. Deane was completely understanding and did everything in his power to set all our minds at ease before the procedure; he even allowed our daughter to take her favourite stuffed animal into surgery with her.

Little did we know at the time, but our daughter experienced a setback during the procedure and the pins had to be removed immediately. Dr. Deane greeted us after the surgery with the details of what happened; it was unnerving to hear him relay how much of a fright our daughter gave him but he reassured us in his gentle manner that everything would be fine.

In the year that followed, we made several trips back to the Janeway as casts were changed, finally removed, and check ups were done; at the beginning of every visit, Dr. Deane never failed to mention the fright my daughter gave him – obviously the experience had quite an impact on him as well.

He was a wonderful doctor with a very caring and compassionate bedside manner; truly a gentle man with a welcoming smile always on his face at each follow up visit. My deepest condolences to his family; may he Rest In Peace – such a terrible loss.

Dr Deane was the sweetest man who will be missed greatly

I so fondly remember this beautiful kind handsome man! Took care of my girlie in the 90’s and was the sweetest! Deepest regrets to his family 😢 Thoughts and prayers are with you all🙏🏻

In every respect, Bob was a lovely man. May he rest in peace. His family and his friends are in my thoughts at this sad time.

Dr. Dean was my surgeon when I was 12 and he made sure I was very well taken care of!!! Him and Bert were great!!! My condolences to the family during his difficult time. I will always have nothing but great memories of him and because of him I am still walking (complicated hip surgery)! Rest easy Dr …..

Your patient

Heartbroken to hear of Dr. Deane’s passing! We’ve been seeing Dr. Deane as our daughters orthopaedic surgeon since she was less than 48 hrs old. Dr. Deane was the sweetest most gentle soul and he truly cared for his patients. I won’t get into our daughters orthopaedic issues in detail but at 36 hrs old she was placed in a full leg cast from her toes to her hip. As new parents we were terrified and being a new very hormonal Mom I was a mess- Dr. Deane wrapped his arms around me and held me in comfort while the casting was being complete. He constantly reminded us at each follow up appointment (there have been many) of the great job as parents we have been doing and that it has contributed to our daughters success with her orthopaedic issues, he would never take credit that we owed the success to him.

Our daughter was almost finished her time at Dr. Deane’s clinic, we only had two more visits to go. We will be thankful to Dr. Deane as long as we llive. He corrected orthopaedic issues in our beautiful baby that otherwise would have led to mobility issues.

Condolences to all of his family & friends. Rest Peacefully Dr. Deane- we will miss your big bright smile when we visit the clinic.

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I am so sorry to hear that such a wonderful man has passed, leaving his children, who he spoke of often, his family, friends, and colleagues to mourn.
Dr. Deane has been a big part of our sons rehabilitation, and we were lucky to be followed by him for the last six years. He always gave us his undivided attention, was able to reassure us that our child would be just fine as he escorted him into the OR. He was incredibly kind and had such a gentle way about him, which reassured you and helped a parent to know with certainty their child was in great hands. He will most certainly be greatly missed.

I am so saddened to hear of the passing of such a great surgeon. He changed my life and worked a miracle on my back. Such a kind and talented man. I was only a young girl but he always told me that no matter what age I was, if I ever had any trouble to make sure I came back to him. It wasn’t long ago, I visited him again at the Janeway with my daughter and he remembered me! A great loss for sure. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. He will be missed.

Dr Deane treated my daughter from birth to age 8. She was born with DDH. If not for him, she may not be able to walk today without any aid, let alone, be in martial arts and gymnastics. He was kind and respectful. A pleasure to visit and interact with. The medical community has definitely lost an asset in him. But I’m sure he spread his knowledge to those who can carry on in his absence. My condolences to his family and friends at this time. He was a lovely man

Dr. Robert Dean and Family :
My sincere condolescence on the loss of such a brilliant vibrant soul. I had the privilege of bring one of Dr.Deanes patients for almost 20 years. Dr. Dean was one of the most vibrant and influential profewsionals of the Janeway Hospital. His genuine concern and care for each of his patients far exceeded his expertise. His caring nature was also apparant by his ability to understand each of his patients conditions and see us as people who deserved dignity and respect.t. Dr. Deane was always able to make his patients feel at ease during the most trying times of thier lives complete with laughter and a brilliant smile ( I remember when he came in on his time off to dance the macarena before and after my surgery because he knew it would make mr laugh and ease my intense pain.Right before my last surgery he made sure that all of my questions were answered and made sure that I knew all the risks that were associated. I knew that I was going to be okay and my family and I had full and complete trust in him. I will never forget you Dr. Dean thank you so much for helping me live each day and everyday of my life hereafter to its absolute fullest
God bless Hi and Goodbye Dr. Dean
Thinking of you and yours forever and always
Carrie-Ann V. Bugden

It was with great sadness that I learned of Bob’s passing. He was an amazing person, and a great surgeon, revered by his patients. He was always smiling and humble. A great medical teacher. A big loss for Newfoundland. My deepest condolences to his family.

Dr. Jason Howard
Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon
Alfred I DuPont Hospital for Children
Wilmington, DE, USA

Dr Deane was my sons Noah’s orthopaedic doctor since he was born going to be sad not seeing him no more at the janeway he will be missed, condolences to his family

Dr. Dean was my surgeon when I was a kid. He performed many surgeries on me. He made me feel like what I thought mattered. He would speak directly to me not just to my parents, that meant a lot to me. He had a fantastic personality and as one of his patients you knew that he genuinely cared about you. Believe it or not I just mentioned him to somebody 2 days ago and I haven’t seen him in person since I was 16 years old and I am 40. I literally told the people that I would kiss the ground Dr. Dean walked on because of all of the successful surgeries he performed on me and he made me feel important. I have to get a hip surgery in a couple of weeks and the surgeon here knew Dr. Dean and I said if he associated with Dr Dean then I trusted him too. He will be sadly missed because he touched so many lives in such a positive and important way. My sincere condolences to all of his family and friends.

I am so sorry to hear of Dr.Deane’s passing. He was a friendly giant, to all his patients. He was my orthopaedic surgeon for a few years in my childhood, he corrected my severe foot pain that I was experiencing. He was determined to fix it…and fix it he did! He performed the surgery that changed my life, the pain I experienced was no longer there. Dr.Deane really made my life better. My thoughts and prayers are with his family during this time. Please take some comfort in knowing how many lives he changed for the better.. Hold on to the memories.

So sorry for all your loss, only for Dr. Deane i wouldn’t of not been able to walk today , he performed my surgery in 1994 and i will always remember him telling me “ don’t fall and if you do come see me first before you hit the ground” my thoughts and prayers are with you all, he was such a wonderful person!! 💕

I’m so sad to hear about Dr. Deane’s passing. I worked with him as an xray tech at the Janeway. He was always very nice to me. He was a kind man full of character. It was always a pleasure working with him or even passing him on the hall. So sorry for your loss but know that he touched the lives of so many people.

My heart felt condolences go out to all family and friends of Dr. Robert Deane. I am a nurse and had the pleasure of working with him for a while at the Janeway. He was kind , gentle, and a great surgeon.. I am so sorry for your loss.

I’m so sorry to hear of Dr. Dean’s passing. He was my doctor at the Janeway after a hit and run car accident over 30 years ago. I remember his smile and kindness very well. Every time I would hear his name I would always comment on how wonderful he was. He certainly had a way with giving you hope and feeling at ease. I’m sure he will be forever missed by family, friends and the health community.

A smile that lit up a room , sense of humour that kept everyone laughing and a big gentle heart that made being in a room with Dr Deane enjoyable, you didn’t feel like just a number you felt that you mattered .. . I meet Dr Deane last year when my son had some back / leg issues ,
I was very saddened to hear that he had become sick and now passed away
Dr Deane you sure will be missed by all that knew and loved you
I know the Janeway family will miss you
My condolences to Dr Deane’ loving children Laura, Andrea and Richard, his loving companion Karen Stewart-Williams, , his siblings ,family & friends

Dr. Dean was a very kind man, he changed the way I walked and i trusted I was always in good hands. my deepest condolences to the family, and I hope he rests easily.

To Dr. Deane’s family, so sorry to hear about your Dad. My deepest sympathies and condolences.

Thinking of the three of you at this most difficult time,

~ Cindy Churchill (former patient)

So Sorry to Dr Robert Deans Children on the lost of there Dad. Robert was a very kind and loving man .I met Robert and Peggy (Margaret) many years ago. Our Company done a lot of work for them and a couple of times I baby sat there kids. Fly High Robert .May Your kids find comfort knowing that both of there parents are together in Heaven and they will be watching over them. RIP Robert until we meet again God Bless You and all the children you help throughout your life. \hugs to your kids.

Our deepest condolences to the family of Doctor Deane He was my son’s surgeon back in the 90’s. And because of his expertise my son is walking and and working normally. May he RIP

My deepest condolences to Dr.Deans family,friends and co workers.He was an amazing person,kind and very pleasant.He was my daughters Doctor at the Janeway for years.He will be missed by all.

Deepest and sincere condolences to Dr. Deane’s family during this difficult time. I was a patient of his for many years – commencing in 1990. His infectious smile, professionalism and knowledge will never be forgotten.

Although I didn’t know him personally. He was a great person. I had a sewing needle embedded deep in my foot and he was so caring, and kind in trying to help me recover after my surgery. He will be greatly missed.

So sorry to hear of Dr Deans passing , prayers and thoughts at with the families at this difficult time . My condolences to all of Dr Dean’sfamily and friend

So heart breaking. I was born with one leg longer then the other. Dr. Deane was my orthopaedic paediatric surgeon from 2 months old until I was 18 years old. he is the reason I can walk properly, go to work, And enjoy life to the fullest with out the need of lifts or inserts in my right shoe. When I was 10 years old (now 22) He performed (what I believe is called) a Epiphysiodesis on my left leg to give my right leg time to catch up. He changed my life from that day on and I am forever grateful for him. To his family and loved ones, I am so terrible sorry for your loss. I hold Dr. Deane very close to my heart, may he stay in yours forever and may he Rest In Peace.

Laura, Andrea, Richard and family. So sorry to hear of your dads passing. Tressure your memories , they last forever.
Bill and Wanda Madore

Deepest condolences to Dr. Deane’s family, friends, colleagues and to all the families that he impacted over the years. Rest In Peace and fly high with the Angels

So saddened to hear this SAD news. My son Travis Lewis was a patient of Dr. Dean for years did several surgeries on him. Only thing I can say is he was an AWESOME DOCTOR And treated our son as if he was his son. Condolences to his wife and their families. Thoughts prayers and hugs to you all. We are so happy to say that we experienced your expertise and he was GREAT AT HIS WORK. RIP

A literal giant of my childhood- Our first encounter was when I was seven years old and walking around Quidi Vidi lake in tiny white sandals and no splints (as a treat). He stopped my Aunt and told her, kindly, that that was the worst thing she could have let me do. I don’t remember being very impressed. Some years later he took over my orthopedic care and always referred to me as “his friend with the sharp tongue” but we were always honest with each other. In my adulthood and work in the Disablity sector he always had a kind word. Rest in Peace, Dr. Deane

We are deeply saddened by the passing of Dr. Robert Dean, who was a big part of our lives for many years. He was our daughter Olivia’s orthopedic surgeon and performed two major leg surgeries on her when she was 5 and again when she was 16. And in the years in between, he provided excellent advice and care. Olivia loved him, and told him so more than once when she was a little girl, particularly after her first surgery that allowed her to walk in a walker. He always had great respect and a listening ear for our thoughts and concerns. We mourn his loss and the impact on the Janeway community of health professionals and children. We send deepest condolences to his children and all who loved him. Thank you for everything, Dr. Dean. We are grateful that we had you and your expertise for so long. Farewell. The Powers

Such a kind soul. He was so kind to my daughter Quinn and always put her at ease and made all her hospital experiences easier. We send our deepest sympathies to his family.
The Schmiedendorf family.

I’m so sorry, I remember the first time I met Bob when he started dating my Sister Peggy who would go on to become his wife and the Mother of his 3 children. I remember the fun times at Christmas, which we always spent together as family after Peggy’s death, laughing, dancing, singing. Bob loved life. This Christmas was the first we didn’t celebrate together due to Bob’s illness. You touched so many lives and you will be missed.

Doctor Dean,
You gave me hope and faith in my son. At the time my son Matthew was only 2 years old when we met you. When you walked in the room you can see your big smile and your shine white teeth. You were the best of the best at the Janeway.. Its so hard to take it in that you are gone. Matthew looked at me and said mommy another angel watching over me like grandma.. To your family, you had a wonderful dad, brother and son. He gave me faith when I was giving up hope. Today my son is 7 and he is walking with the help of your dad. Doctor Dean you will always be in our hearts and never for gotten. May you R.I.P and fly high. All our love to your family and friends. The Reardon family

We were so sad to hear of Dr. Deanes passing today. He took amazing care of my daughter Hannah for many years. He was always so nice, and so very caring. Much love to his family as this sad time.

I’m so sorry to hear that Bob passed away. I have fond memories of the summer I stayed with Bob and Peggy.
Cathy Neary