Dr Michael D
5th February 1945 – 11th July 2009
Michael was taken from us very suddenly by complications from Swine Flu (H1N1), in the early hours of Saturday 11th July 2009. We are shocked and deeply saddened by this tragic loss. Michael can never be replaced, either in our hearts or in his work. He was a GP and family doctor from the old mould, with care as his hallmark. He was a brilliant diagnostician and clinician. He brought comfort and care to his many patients and he was also medic to the Leighton Buzzard Rugby Football Club. The tributes to him in his local newspaper and the incredible numbers who showed up at his funeral in Guiting Power and his memorial service in Dunstable are testimony to the affection, respect and high regard in which he was held by the folk with whom he came into contact. He was kind, eccentric, highly intelligent, loveable, generous, humorous, guileless, fun-loving, honest and a great sailor and adventurer.
In short, he was my beloved brother and role model.
I can only express my deep sadness at the loss felt by those whom he tended, by those with whom he worked and by those who were his friends. I thank from the bottom of my heart, those who have sent their messages to us, at this time and those who rolled up to celebrate his life at the two services. The support and warmth has been fantastic.
Michael has left behind his mother, his wife, his four children, his grandchildren, his patients, his practice, his rugby club, his many friends, his nephews, his niece, his cousins in Germany and his brother. We are united in our grief but also deeply proud of Michael the man and of his work in the community.
Michael went to Abingdon School, where he had a glowing rowing career. He studied medicine at Pembroke College, Oxford (1964-67) and was trained at The London Hospital in Whitechapel. He worked for 35 years at the Priory Gardens Health Centre in Dunstable.