03/19/2012 12:21 EDT | Updated 05/19/2012 05:12 EDT

Pioneering N.L. doctor who travelled coasts of Labrador dies at age of 104

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - A Newfoundland and Labrador physician who pioneered medical care in the province's most remote communities has died at the age of 104.

Premier Kathy Dunderdale says Dr. Nigel Rusted will be remembered for his early surgeries and treatments for residents of remote communities.

His career began during the summers of 1930 and 1931 as a medical student onboard the steamship Kyle.

The provincial government says he was also the first health officer to travel along the coast of Labrador.

Rusted was awarded the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador in 2007 and the Order of Canada in 2011.