Long-serving GP dies at the age of 88

Remembered: Dr Thomas Gardner died recently - 10 years after he retired.

Remembered: Dr Thomas Gardner died recently - 10 years after he retired.

Long-serving Campbelltown general practitioner Dr Thomas Gardner died last week.

Dr Gardner was born on August 26, 1929.

He studied at Sydney University for six years and initially worked at Marrickville and Liverpool Hospitals – where he also met his wife, June.

He started working as GP in Campbelltown and Camden in 1961.

When he arrived in Campbelltown there were only three other GPs in the area at the time.

He spent time in the fields of anaesthetics and obstetrics at Camden Hospital and Campbelltown Private Hospital and was also involved with after hours GP service at Campbelltown Hospital – which was axed late last month.

During his time at the hospitals, Dr Gardner delivered the babies of mothers who he had delivered decades before.

He worked fulltime up until he retired in 2008 – a 46 year career.

At the time of his retirement, the Advertiser profiled Dr Gardner. 

Dr Gardner had four children and 10 grandchildren.

He died on Wednesday, February 21, aged 88.

A funeral service will be held at St John’s the Evangelist Catholic Church – located on the corner of Cordeaux Street and Lindesay Street, Campbelltown – at 11am on Friday, March 2.

His grandson, Jake Alchin, said the family would love to see friends and family at the service.

A previous Advertiser article on Dr Thomas Gardner.

A previous Advertiser article on Dr Thomas Gardner.