Jordan J. Shubert, MD, 74, of Surry passed away suddenly on April 1, 2018. He will be remembered as an extraordinary man, who made everyone he met feel special, and made the world a better place with each life he touched.
Jay was born in Seattle, Wash., but was really a Bangor man through and through, moving here when he was 6 months old. He was the son of William M. Shubert, MD and Alice Jordan Shubert, MD of Bangor. He attended Bangor High School and then Bowdoin College, playing football at both. After graduating from Bowdoin in 1966, he went on to attend medical school at Tufts University and then orthopaedic residency at Tufts/New England Medical Center, finishing in 1975 and becoming the third generation of doctors in his family. He worked as a surgeon in the U.S. Army, at William Beaumont Hospital in El Paso, Texas, before returning to Bangor in 1977 to begin his orthopedic surgery practice at Eastern Maine Medical Center.
Jay was the founder of Downeast Orthopedics and soon became one of the premier orthopedic surgeons in Maine. He stood out not only with regard to his skill, but also in the kindness and care he always gave to his patients. He was beloved by his many patients throughout the state of Maine. Always an innovator, he was one of the first to practice arthroscopy in the state, and founded the first outpatient surgery center. His awards and accomplishments are too numerous to list, but despite them, he was always humble.
The love that Jay had for Maine and the Bangor community was reflected in his commitments — he provided care for the University of Maine athletic teams, was active in the Bowdoin community and was a leader in medical education with the Maine Society for Orthopedic Surgeons, the Maine Board Review Course, the Association of Sports Medicine, the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine and the American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons Council of Delegates. He brought many wonderful specialists to this area that he loved, and added tremendously to the level of health care for the people of Maine.
If you knew Jay, you know he simply loved life. He enjoyed running, skiing, swimming at the YMCA throughout his life, and living near the ocean, even becoming an amateur lobsterman later in life. He also enjoyed his second home in Gold Canyon, Ariz., where he spent his days hiking in the desert and golfing, and would escape to Colorado to ski in the mountains.
He never fully retired from medicine, continuing to see patients several days a month. He was ready for any challenge and took each one on with a fun determination, energy and a smile. He excelled in nearly everything he did, and if he didn’t, knew how to shrug it off with a laugh at himself. More than anything, Jay loved people, took such joy in his family, and always put his loved ones first. It leaves a hole in our hearts to lose him, but he leaves us all better people because of him.
He is survived by his loving wife, Lynne Santerre Shubert, of Surry, his four children, Jennifer Fournier of Bangor, Sarah Shubert, MD, and husband, Alpay Balkir, of Falmouth, Daniel Shubert, MD, currently in Morgantown, W.Va., and Emily Burke, and husband, Daniel, of Bangor and his five adoring grandchildren, Natalie Fournier and Hailey Fournier, of Bangor, Ryan Banerjee, of Falmouth, and James Burke and Genevieve Burke of Bangor. In addition, he is survived by his brother William Shubert, and wife, Carol, of Cherry Hill, N.J., Dennis Shubert, MD, and wife, Jane, of Seal Harbor, Susan Buchwald, MD, and husband, Ted, of Reno, Nev.; Robert Shubert of Bangor, his sister Sandra Adams and husband, Vernard, of Tampa, Fla., and Elizabeth Dupuis, and husband, Roland, of Seal Harbor, Jayson Shubert of Ellsworth, as well as countless cherished nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his beloved sister, Sally Shubert, and his nephew, Scott Buchwald. Jay was also a treasured family member to Lynne’s parents, siblings and her extended family of the Millinocket area.
Services will be held at Brookings-Smith on Thursday, April 5, 2018, at 1 p.m., with a celebration of his life at Season’s restaurant to follow at 3 p.m. There will be a private ceremony later this summer.
Gifts in Jay’s memory can be made to the Sally Shubert Scholarship Fund, c/o Bangor School Department, 73 Harlow St. Bangor, ME 04401, to the Julius Shubert M18, Alice Jordan Shubert, M41 and William Moses Shubert, M41,Scholarship Fund at Tufts Univeristy, P.O. Box 3306, Boston, MA 02241-3306 with checks made out to Trustees of Tufts College, or to the Eastern Maine Medical Center Foundation, P.O. Box 931 Bangor, ME 04402.