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Anthony Keith Hedley born on October 2, 1943 in Durban, South Africa passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his wife and children on April 19, 2021.
Tony was a world renowned orthopedic surgeon, author, researcher, and educator specializing in joint reconstruction and replacement. He received his medical degree from the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1968. In 1977 he received his registration as Specialist Orthopedic Surgeon from the South African Medical and Dental Council. Doctor Hedley is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh. He completed his fellowship in orthopedic surgery at St Thomas Hospital, London, and his postdoctoral studies in Orthopedic Surgery and Bio-Engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles. In 1982 he moved to Phoenix Arizona and joined the Institute for Bone and Joint Disorders later developing the Hedley Orthopedic Institute. He performed thousands of hip and knee replacements until his retirement last year. He was a master technician and loved by his patients for his kindness and compassion.
Throughout his career, Dr Hedley was a researcher, implant designer, internationally recognized speaker, and beloved teacher. He received numerous awards and honors including the Otto Aufranc and John Charnley award from the Hip Society. He trained 70 fellows who revere “the Boss” for the knowledge, skills, compassion, and humanism that he imparted to them.
He brightened every room he entered with his infectious smile and fabulous sense of humor.
His motto was to “always do my best.”
Tony was an avid fisherman, hunter, and aviary expert. He holds three world record fish catches. He was an avid reader and loved his daily crossword puzzles. Tony loved spending time with his family in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico and Soldotna, Alaska where they fished together on the Kenai. They opened a fishing lodge there on the river where they enjoyed summers together.
He is survived by 2 adult children from a prior marriage, Damian and Lisa, his 3 grandchildren, Benjamin, Graydon, and Holdon, his wife of 20 years, Jennifer, and their 3 children Alexis, Jackson, and Kate Olivia.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 24, 2021 at Saint Theresa Catholic Church, 5045 E. Thomas Road, Phoenix at 10:40 AM. Please be seated by 10:30 AM if attending.
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