GUY Worthington, who was a well respected, old school family doctor in East Yorkshire for more than 30 years, has died, aged 87.
He was also a keen sportsman with golf playing a large part in his life especially with two Yorkshire clubs, Driffield and Ganton.
Edmund Guy Barker Worthington was born in Newcastle the son of Dr Stanley and Mrs Dorothy Worthington. He was educated at Oundle School, Northamptonshire, and Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, where he followed in his father’s footsteps and studied medicine.
Between leaving school and going up to Cambridge he was called up in 1944, at the age of 18, and joined the Fleet Air Arm. He trained to be a pilot in Tiger Moths and was taught how to land on aircraft carriers.
The Second World War ended before he could see active service, and he completed his National Service cleaning the latrines at RAF Skegness.
He went up to Cambridge in 1946 before continuing his training at the London Hospital, Whitechapel, from 1949 where he specialised in obstetrics and gynaecology. When he graduated three years later, he moved to North Yorkshire to work as a General Practitioner, upsetting his professor that he did not want to specialise in obstetrics and gynaecology, as he regarded him as very talented.
During his time at Cambridge he rowed for his college, and went onto be a member of the 1st VIII Whitechapel Hospital’s rowing team.
While at Whitechapel he helped set up a popular Bridge Club teaching many colleagues how to play, with games being reported as often going on through the night before going back on duty early next morning.
After a short period in general practice in North Yorkshire, he joined a practice in Driffield where he spent 31 years before retiring in 1984.
During those years he became a much loved and respected village doctor, with the surgery being attached to the family home. He delivered many babies in the local area and was fondly remembered by many former patients as a highly respected, old school family doctor who listened to his patients and always put them first.
Following his retirement in 1984, he moved to a village north of Scarborough.
As a golfer he was captain of Driffield Golf Club and later Ganton Golf Club, near Scarborough of which he was president from 1999 until 2002 when ill health forced him to retire.
During his time as president, he held to organise the staging of the Ladies Amateur golf competition, the Curtis Cup, held for the first time at Ganton in 2000.
He was also immensely proud when he was asked to write a book about the history of Ganton, to celebrate the club’s centenary, his work being published as: The First Hundred Years of Ganton Golf Club, 1891-1991.
Dr Worthington was twice married. He met and married Eileen Johnson in 1953 and had four children. The marriage ended in 1976 and he married again in 1977 and was step father to three girls Shan, Zoe and Sadie.
He is survived by Jane his wife of 38 years, his children by his first marriage Roger, Jane and Paul, and 13 grandchildren. His daughter Sally predeceased him.