Tribute: Dr Colin Campbell
Dr Colin Deas Campbell FRCGP MBE06.01.1927 to 09.05.2016
Loving husband to Daphne, and father to Heather, Margaret, Jenny, Susy and Fiona and grandfather to 10.
He passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family following illness.
Following training at St Thomas’s Hospital he was eventually was offered a job in 1960 as the GP for the village of Waddesdon, Bucks. He was a single-handed, dispensing practitioner with the help of a district nurse and community midwife. He was on duty 24 hours a day until he made an arrangement with a neighbouring surgery in Aylesbury to help with cover and he finally got some weekends and evenings off. His wife Daphne covered the phone and helped as much as she could with the running of the surgery (which was in the house) alongside looking after their family of 5 daughters.He was a dedicated GP for 31 years serving the community and it was not until 1984 he took a partner and then set up a purpose built surgery in the village. He was a well-loved member of the community and participated and supported many local activities. He retired from practice in 1991 and had to move from Waddesdon as The Roses was a tied house belonging to the Rothschild estate and designated the Doctors house. He moved to Wendover but kept in touch with everyone in Waddesdon.He became a Governor of the ‘new’ secondary school in the village, Waddesdon Church of England School and was a major part of the development of the school. He served as a Governor for 50 years and only missed one committee meeting. He was nominated for his MBE by the school for his service to the community and received this from the Queen at Windsor Castle on Friday 6 March 2015. A lovely sunny day watched by his very proud family.
When Colin and Daphne “retired” to Wendover they were able to continue long term activites including singing in Aylesbury Choral Society (members for over 50 years), and start new ones such as volunteering at Florence Nightingale Hospice Shop and joining Wendover U3A. The impact Colin had in Wendover can be gauged by two Wendover News Local Face entries – February 2010 and February 2015.
He will be missed.