Death of long-serving Lewes doctor

Dr Gooding
Dr Gooding
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DR Donald Gooding, who served Lewes as a GP for nearly a quarter of a century, has died at St Peter and St James Hospice, Chailey, after a long illness. He was 79.

The popular doctor was a man of many parts.

In addition to being familiar to so many patients in the county town down the years, he also served as a JP and HM Coroner.

Dr Gooding qualified at St George’s Hospital in London in 1955 and became a Medical Officer in the Army.

He served in Egypt – where he took part in the Suez campaign in 1956 – and later in Aden with the York and Lancaster Regiment.

He came to Lewes in 1959 where he joined the medical practice with Dr Philip Matthews in West Street.

He later moved to the surgery at School Hill House, School Hill, where he continued to practice until his early retirement due to ill health in 1983.

During his years there, Dr Gooding served on numerous committees in connection with Lewes Victoria Hospital and the East Sussex Family Practitioner Committee.

He was also involved with St John Ambulance, in which he was appointed a ‘Serving Brother St John’.

He was a Magistrate for 30 years, and also served as Chairman of the Licensing Committee in Lewes.

After his retirement, Dr Gooding was appointed Coroner for East Sussex and performed in that capacity for 10 years until his final retirement in 1996.

During all that time he also served on the Gundreda Housing Association and was a member and Past President of the Rotary Club until the time of his death.

Dr Gooding, who lived at Offham, was a father and grandfather. He leaves a widow, Diana.

A funeral service for family and close friends will be held at Woodvale Crematorium, Brighton, at 11.15am on Thursday, April 19.

This will be followed by a Celebratory Thanksgiving Service at St Peter’s Church, Offham, at 2.30pm.

Family flowers only, but donations if desired for St Peter and St James Hospice or the RNLI may be sent to funeral directors Cooper and Son, 42 High Street, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 2DD.