George Janiszewski 1947 - 2022
George was born of Polish parents and grew up in difficult circumstances in post-war Germany.
From refugee camp beginnings, his parents migrated to Brisbane. Their hard work and belief in instilling in their children a sense of moral values, a good education, and belief in hard work was to be their legacy.
George attended a convent in North Brisbane run by Polish nuns and finished high school at Gregory Terrace. He graduated to University of Queensland and obtained his medical degree in 1972. He married his wife Catherine in December 1972.
He then underwent two years residency training in Christchurch, NZ. After taking the next two years off to travel, he returned to Brisbane in 1977. He commenced his Urology training which he completed at Royal Brisbane Hospital, obtaining his FRACS(Urology) in 1983.
George was the first full time Urologist to offer his services to the Sunshine Coast. He set up rooms at Nambour in 1984 and served the community of the Sunshine Coast for over 25 years. He lived in the hinterland at Buderim.
He retired in 2009 having then had some medical issues but otherwise remained in good health until recent months and was able to indulge in his many life passions.
He and his wife Cathy were extensive travellers. He was a keen photographer, a student of wine, snow skier, an avid fisherman, and, later in life, tried his hand at golf. He read widely and was a sharp commentator on life in general and with a dry sense of humour. He cloaked his wife and family with a close-knit deep love and kindness. They were the pride of his life.
He was a very good and competent Urologist always having the patient’s best interest at heart and skilled in most areas of General Urology. He was prepared to refer patients on to tertiary centres when he felt it was appropriate. He cared for his patients and served them well.
George would have made his parents and family very proud of his life and achievements and he will be sadly missed by his wife Cathy and children Dan, Andy and Ella as well as his wide circle of friends, patients, and the Urological Community.
USANZ thanks Tony James for preparing this obituary.