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Biographical entry Verma, Terence Rai (1926 - 1999)

MB BS Rangoon 1962; LMSSA 1965; FRCS Edin 1967; FRCS 1970; FRCSC.

6 October 1926
Kalaw, Burma
19 November 1999
Prince Edward Island, Canada
General practitioner and General surgeon


Terence Verma (known as Terry) was a general practitioner and general surgeon on Prince Edward Island, Canada. He was born in Kalaw, Burma, on 6 October 1936, into a devout Brahmin Hindu family. His father, Bhagwan Das Verma, was a civil engineer; his mother was Devi Verma née Achara, the daughter of a herbalist. His early education was interrupted by the Second World War and he only started school at the age of nine. At 15 he had to leave education for financial reasons and spent two years as a sergeant in the Army, before going to the University of Rangoon at the age of 17. He qualified in 1962, with a gold medal.

After junior posts in Burma, he went to the UK, where he worked at Frenchay Hospital, Bristol, North Lonsdale Hospital, Barrow-in-Furness and Hammersmith Hospital, London.

He ultimately migrated to Prince Edward Island in Canada. There he served the community area of West Prince county as a general practitioner and surgeon, building one of the province's two largest private practices.

He and his wife, Prem, raised a son who became a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. In the fraternity of Freemasonry, Terry rose through the ranks of senior offices in both the Grand Lodge of Prince Edward Island and the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, reaching election to the second highest office in both.

On 19 November 1999, while driving with his wife to an appointment on Cape Breton Island, he pulled over and suffered a fatal heart attack. He was 63. Both his Masonic memorial service and Hindu funeral drew crowds as large as any in memory.

George Mason

The Royal College of Surgeons of England