Service of thanksgiving for much-admired doctor David GarrodBy Jon Nurse
March 13, 2013
A much-admired doctor and Rotarian was heralded as a ‘pillar of the community’ at a service of thanksgiving.
More than 100 people filled All Saints Church in Wiltshire Road to remember Dr David Garrod, who died on February 22, aged 88.
Family and friends paid tribute to the GP and obstetrics doctor, who served for 30 years at Wokingham Hospital and was a past president of the town’s Rotary Club.
Dr Garrod’s son Chris said: “He was not prepared to settle for ordinary for himself, his wife and family.
“This can be seen in the many things he achieved in his lifetime.”
Dr Garrod was posted as a medical officer in Benghazi, Libya, in 1951, before returning to the UK two years later and joined the Tudor House Surgery in Wokingham in 1955.
His son Mark added: “David’s responsibilities grew along with the size of the practice and he masterminded the expansion into the Rectory Road surgery to ease the pressure on Tudor House.
“By the mid-80s he was the senior partner of a practice with nine partners, 50 plus staff and over 26,000 patients.”
Dr Garrod, a father-of-four, with six grandchildren and one great grandchild, took retirement in 1985 after three decades of service to the town, which included delivering hundreds of babies and running postnatal classes.
Memories shared recalled playful stories with wife Gwyn and family and his competitive spirit that led him to be selected to row for the 1948 Olympics.
Canon Ken Humphreys said: “He received such love, respect and affection and lived his life so generously.
“He exuded such warmth and it was always such a joy to meet him.”
The doctor’s family thanked people for the many cards and letters they had received praising Dr Garrod as a man with “a tremendous spirit and zeal for life” and a “pillar of the community”.
Fellow Rotarian Mike Darlison said: “I’ve never met a kinder person or a better Rotarian than David. We have many happy memories and these we will treasure. He will be greatly missed.”