TRIBUTES have been paid to a Cirencester doctor who recently died.
Hundreds gathered for a memorial service to Dr Michael Winter, Cirencester, who died peacefully aged 83 just 400m from where he was born in Berkeley Road in 1939.
The war years
War broke out when he was less than three months old, and one of his childhood memories was of tanks rumbling through the streets of Cirencester on their way south.
Dr Winter grew up in a medical family – his father practised as a GP in Cirencester too.
When his father retired, Michael joined the same practice in St Peter’s Road and worked there for more than 25 years.
Generations of local people have been born, lived and died under the care of the Winters.
Dr Winter’s character was rooted in his Christian faith.
For a time he was an elder at Cirencester Baptist Church, and chair of Cirencester Churches Together.
After retirement he sang in Cirencester Choral Society, was a member of South Cerney Sailing Club, had an extensive collection of maps and delighted friends with his local knowledge.
In later years he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.
He also joined Street Pastors, patrolling the town at night to show kindness without judgement to strangers who were often the worse for wear.
“A highly respected doctor”
But it is as a GP that he will be most widely remembered. “He (was) unfailingly professional” said a colleague. “A highly respected doctor and an amazing person who quietly carried his faith into all areas of life”.
Like his father before him, Michael also worked in Cirencester hospital and was on-call almost every night, alongside his work as a GP. This was a golden era for patients but not for doctors and their families.
“He would come out to care for us in the middle of the night, always in a suit and tie” said one former patient. “We owe him a debt of gratitude we could never repay.”
He attended Oakley Hall school, where he was head boy, and then Tonbridge School in Kent before medical training at Barts Hospital in London.
In 1965 he married Adrienne Nye, also a second generation doctor.
Together they travelled to Uganda to do medical work with support of the Church Mission Society.
Michael will be missed by many, including his wife Adrienne, three children and five grandchildren.
Donations in memory of Dr Winter will go towards a water borehole and community health work in Uganda and can be made by searching for JMWinter on justgiving.com.
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