Thomas Oswald Candler

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: (Published 07 July 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i3782
  1. Hilary Richards,
  2. Clive Richards

Thomas Oswald Candler (“Tom”) qualified during the war and trained in surgery before entering general practice in Bideford at the start of the NHS. He continued working as a surgeon as well as a family doctor. He embraced modern general practice, welcoming medical students and trainee GPs and becoming a champion for the new health centre. In retirement, he supported his wife, Stella, who had Parkinson’s disease. Their garden was often opened for charity, and Tom won prizes for his grapes. He designed and made exquisite pieces of marquetry, much cherished by friends and family. Predeceased by Stella, he leaves three children, seven grandchildren, and 11 great grandchildren.

Former surgeon and general practitioner Bideford (b 1920; q Cambridge/Middlesex Hospital 1943; FRCS, FRCGP), died from old age on 25 February 2016.

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