Avrum (Avi) Ostry 1958-2023
Fri, 19 May 2023

Dr. Avrum Jay Ostry (Avi) was born in Flin Flon, Manitoba on March 4, 1958, to George and Anne (Lev) Ostry, later joined by two brothers, Mark and David.

In July 2021 Avi was diagnosed with multiple myeloma. As a pathologist he was well aware of the implications of his disease. Avi was a pragmatist; he faced his disease with courage and forthrightness.

Avi studied marine biology and medicine at UBC (1985), and achieved a postgraduate degree in Pediatric Pathology at BC Women's and Children's Hospital. He did further training in cardiac pathology (Mayo Clinic) and breast pathology. He practiced in Sydney and Halifax, NS, and finally as an anatomic pathologist at St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver. He was also an associate professor in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at UBC, involved in medical school admissions at UBC, and in Royal College of Physicians examinations in Ottawa, and was Director of Medical Laboratory Services for the Yukon and parts of Northern BC.

Avi died on April 2nd, at home in Sechelt, a place he loved, with Fran at his side. He will be missed by Fran, daughters Leah (Peter) and Neshama ("Nikki"), grandchildren Rebecca, Blake, and Isla, and the families of brothers Mark (Margot and Neve) and David (Lesley, Julia and Sarah). His love ripples out to extended family members, cherished friends and colleagues.

We remember Avi for his humour, kindness, intelligence, loyalty and philanthropy. Avi was a force in our lives. We deeply love and miss him.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Myeloma Canada at myelomacanada.ca.


Published by Legacy Remembers from Apr. 22 to Apr. 28, 2023.