A WELL-LOVED doctor who served Worthing for 40 years has died aged 82, just a day before his 83rd birthday.
Dr Norman Campbell, or “Nim” to his friends, died after a long illness at St Barnabas Hospice on September 22, the day of his golden wedding anniversary.
His wife Eileen paid tribute to him as “a wonderful man” and said friends and neighbours had inundated her with messages of support.
Eileen, 76, of Manor Road, Worthing, their home for 47 years, said: “He was a star. Everyone who met him loved him.
“I’ve had neighbours coming up to me and saying how nice he was to them.
“He was very caring with his patients and was always full of fun.”
Born in Tylorstown in the Rhondda Valley, Wales, Norman came to Worthing in 1959, starting at the Liverpool Gardens Surgery, before moving to Shelley Road surgery. He retired in 1999.
Daughter Wendy, 42, who now lives in Highgate, is the youngest of the couple’s six children and said her father greatly valued his patients.
She said: “In his day, a GP spent most of his time visiting them in their homes and he valued this as a privilege which enabled him to play a part in their lives.
“To quote him, ‘I found myself in a place of honour and given remarkable respect. I derive much pleasure when I meet former patients who I can see are fond of me. As in The Sound of Music, I must have done something good’.”
Away from his patients, Norman had several hobbies.
He played rugby as a scrum-half for Scotland twice in 1956, was a keen golfer and later enjoyed sailing, which led him to cross the channel single-handedly in a wooden hulled Hillyard.
But sport had to take a back seat when he he was introduced to Eileen by the priest at the Catholic church he attended.
Wendy added: “Father Corcoran, the priest at his church, St Mary of the Angels was not averse to a little match-making.
“When dad took something up, he was obsessional over it.”
As well as his six children, Norman leaves behind 10 grandchildren.
Their abiding memory of him will be of a fun loving and caring family man.
Wendy said: “He was extremely full of fun and full of life. To me he was the most wonderful man in the world.
“We would like to thank the team at St Barnabas House for their outstanding care in his last weeks.”
Norman’s funeral will be held on Monday, October 1, at noon at St Mary of the Angels Catholic Church, Crescent Road, Worthing. All are welcome. Donations for St Barnabas Hospice should be made via HD Tribe funeral directors 01903 234516.