Tribute has been paid to a well-known and dedicated doctor from Eastbourne who passed away days before his 94th birthday.
Dr Geoffrey Donald Wilson, who was described by his son Giles as an ‘incredible man’, not only saved lives as a doctor but during his war time efforts.
The father-of-two, who was born in Wavendon, Bedfordshire, as the youngest of seven to Alice Mabel and John George Wilson, enrolled with the RAF in 1940 in bomb disposal and went on to be decorated with a number of medals from his time in the war.
He was also a keen sportsman, musician and photographer and took many images during the war. His camera skills earned him a series of awards and his photographs were also exhibited in St Thomas.
He graduated as a doctor in 1952 and initially worked as a house surgeon. Later on, a job as a GP took him to Eastbourne in 1954 and of the 60-plus years he lived in the town, he practised as a doctor for 50 of them. During his working life he delivered hundreds of babies at home births and saved hundreds of lives.
He met his wife Anni in the mid-60s and they were married in Salzburg in 1967.
His son Giles described his father as a ‘very humble’ and modest gentleman’, who ‘throughout his life always put everyone else ahead of himself’. He added, “He was an incredible man who selflessly and tirelessly continued to change people’s lives throughout the duration of his own life, both through his duties at war and his dedicated service as a doctor.”
He had started writing a book about his life, that included details about his time as a doctor, but sadly he did not finish it.
Dr Wilson, who lived in Kings Avenue, died on December 15 on a family holiday in Italy, just 10 days before his 94th birthday.
He also leaves behind daughter Rachel and grandchildren Emily, Giacomo, Alice, Oliver and James.
A thanksgiving and committal service will be held on January 9 at All Saints Church at 2.30pm.