Affectionately known to many as Doc. He was born and bred in Liverpool, an alumnus of Alsop High School and Liverpool University he qualified as a Doctor in 1960. Married to Cynthia, he moved into the house attached to Long Lane Medical Centre in 1963 when he joined Dr Reginald Sluming in Medical Practice as his assistant. He was multi-talented and always had a heart for people. He practiced holistic medicine before it was even invented. I first met him when he came to preach at our Church in Hoylake in the early 60s, discovering that he was committed to youth work as well as Medicine, working as he did every summer at a youth Camp at Abererch in North Wales. He was responsible for the Spiritual programme at the first Camp I went to in 1962.
Being on Call day and night did not sit well with having two young Children and he soon invited the lady who ran Sparrowhall youth club, Margaret Harrison, to take over his role as Practice Caretaker. He became Dr Slumings partner in the practice. He continued to preach regularly week by week around Merseyside, was a leading elder in the Ebenezer Chapel (Queens Drive). He ran the youth club there with Cyril Garner, his wife’s uncle. He played football ruthlessly each week until well into his 60s, was an active trustee and council member of Merseyside Christian Youth Camps, and continued in Medical practice in Long Lane until he was 70 years old, hanging up his stethoscope finally in 2008.
He paid a special visit to Chester in 1977 to see me and give me an ultimatum. His partner Reg was retiring and he wanted me to join him in partnership. He gave me 4 weeks to make up my mind or he was looking for someone else. So started a friendship that endured until he died aged 84 on 25th March.
He was very proud that in 1989 we funded and opened the new medical centre on Long lane which was the first of many new practice premises in the City.
Throughout that time he endeavoured to provide the people of Sparrowhall with the highest standard of care and managed to make people feel that they were valued. He knew everyone’s name and medical history by heart. He was a great raconteur and could tell a story. I for one shall miss him dearly. - Ian Woods 26/3/20