John Withers Crossley

BMJ 2017; 358 doi: (Published 04 September 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j4093
  1. Janet Warwick

John Withers Crossley was born in Runcorn, Cheshire. He studied medicine at Manchester University, where he met his future wife, Nettie, a geography student. He was a registrar at Park Hospital, Davyhulme, before he joined the Court House Practice in Caerphilly, south Wales, in 1964 as partner, then senior partner. He was also a GP anaesthetist at the Caerphilly Miners’ Hospital. Twenty five years later he became a regional medical officer at the Welsh Office in Cardiff, a post he stayed in until he retired.

John had a great love of all sports and played cricket, table tennis, and golf until his 80s. He was a well known figure in Caerphilly as a former president of the rugby, golf, and Rotary clubs. He and Nettie moved to Hampshire, where he continued his community interests as president of the Chandler’s Ford Probus Club and warden of his local church. He had an in depth knowledge of the first world war and was suddenly taken ill as he travelled to the Passchendaele memorial event in Ypres.

John leaves Nettie, two daughters, and five grandchildren.

General practitioner and regional medical officer, Welsh Office (b 1934; q Manchester 1959), died from heart failure on 29 July 2017

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