By Paul Everest/London Community News/Twitter: @PaulEverest1
He was a dentist, a father of two and a person who cared about those around him.
And he lost his life travelling to a conference focused on one of the great passions of his life. London Community News confirmed Thursday afternoon (May 10) the London man who died in a rollover crash near Hamilton this morning was Dr. Chris Guiltinan.
Janet Deruiter, the office manager at Guiltinan Family Dentistry, said Guiltinan, 49, was on his way to the Ontario Dental Association conference in Toronto at the time of the crash.
He was heading eastbound on Hwy. 403 alone just after midnight when police said his car crossed two lanes and rolled over near Wilson Street in Ancaster.
OPP said the car left the highway, hit the gravel shoulder and swerved across the two eastbound lanes into the ditch and rolled.
Guiltinan, who was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the collision, was ejected. He was pronounced dead at the scene after paramedics were unable to revive him.
Speed may have been a factor in the crash.
Deruiter said she had worked with Guiltinan for six and a half years and she described him as someone who cared about his craft and his patients.
“He was an amazing dentist,” she said. “He cared more than about their teeth; he cared about them as people as well.”
Guiltinan had a “zest for life” and was a family man, she added, and he was proud of his two sons, aged 17 and 18, who are heavily involved in sports.
Deruiter said she had spoken with Guiltinan’s wife Thursday morning and she was “understandably” preoccupied.
He moved to London from Toronto with his family in 1997 and practised dentistry full time.
He opened the Guiltinan Family Dentistry clinic in 2007.
Since Guiltinan was the clinic’s sole dentist, the office will close for two weeks and staff and the family will consider possibly brining in an interim dentist at that time, Deruiter said.
But no one, she added, could replace Guiltinan.
“He’s going to be sorely missed.”
- With files by John Burman/Hamilton Spectator
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