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Tributes to Dr Marie McCarthy, long-standing GP at the Stokewood Surgery in Fair Oak
6:00am Sunday 22nd September 2013 in News
SHE was the friendly face who gave help and reassurance to hundreds of residents that came through her door.
The family of Dr Marie McCarthy, long-standing GP and partner at the Stokewood Surgery in Fair Oak, have paid tribute to her dedication to the community she served following her death aged just 66.
Marie worked at the surgery for 18 years and her family said she was so popular with patients that they were prepared to wait just to see her.
Daughter Charlotte Bartlett, 31, said: “She was very caring, very compassionate. She was very much married to her profession because she loved it.”
Born in Paeroa, New Zealand, from the age of nine Marie had expressed a wish to be a doctor.
After graduating from the University of Otago, in Dunedin, she trained as a physician for six years working as a registrar in a hospital, before becoming a GP when she married and had her three children – Emily, Nicholas and Charlotte.
She and her ex-husband came to the UK for a year as part of an exchange programme through his work. They returned the next year and Marie worked again for the out-of-hours service in Southampton while she trained for clearance as a GP.
She joined the Stokewood Surgery in 1992, staying until her retirement three years ago.
She saw all her children get married and was a “wonderful”
grandmother to Oliver, nine, and Matthew, five, but did not get to see her third grandchild, who is due in February.
Charlotte, from Bassett, said her mother always had the longest surgery waiting times because she spent so much time with her patients.
But despite Marie’s work commitments she said her mother always made time for family life, which came first.
She added: “She loved us unconditionally, was never judgemental, she supported us in all our decisions and never spoke badly of anyone.”
Marie’s sister Rosalie McGowan, who lives in New Zealand, said she always had time for her patients, going the extra mile.
“It was more than just a job to her, it was a way of life,” she added. “She didn’t only treat the symptoms, she treated the whole person.”
The funeral service will take place at St Barnabas Church, in Rose Road, Southampton, on Monday at 1pm. All who knew Marie are welcome to attend
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