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Lethbridge doctor dies following complications related to COVID-19

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LETHBRIDGE, AB – A Lethbridge doctor has passed away from complications related to COVID-19.

Dr. Wayne John Edwards died this week at Chinook Regional Hospital. He was 66 years old. The source of exposure to the virus in his death is unknown at this time.

In a statement on social media, the Alberta Medical Association says it is saddened by his death and that the physician community joins in mourning.

Dr. Edwards was the seventh health-care worker in the province to die from COVID-related complications to date according to statistics from Alberta Health.

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An online obituary at Cornerstone Funeral Home says Edwards was born in Trinidad and migrated to Nova Scotia, before moving with his family here to Lethbridge in 2003.

Edwards leaves behind his wife and two sons.

(With files from the Canadian Press)

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of News Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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