The Funeral Service of Dr.Andrew Porter



Thursday 19th January, 2017, 2:30 pm

Andrew Porter never stood on ceremony and  never courted attention or celebrity and yet he was one of those people who, once you had met him, you would not forget. Despite holding strong views on the environment he never seemed to raise his voice yet his eyes burned with the passion of his belief. Indeed he stood as a Parliamentary candidate for the (Green or Ecology Party) in no fewer than three General Elections – no mean feat for a busy doctor. Another passion was cricket and in the early 1980s was a player for Wye Cricket Club Second XI. A passion that he passed on to his children.

He worked, with the same fervour and passion at our William Harvey Hospital as pediatrician and he was frequently seen riding his bicycle along the back road to work. Many of our mothers and children have been fortunate in the care and professionalism with which Andrew attended his vocation.

That vocation took Andrew and Brenda to Africa where he practiced what many of us preach – care for others who face the dangers of  survival every day. Brenda, who pre-deceased Andrew by several years, had been a nurse and one can imagine what a great boon they both were to their other communities. Brenda, however, contracted a serious blood disease and Andrew found himself caring for her. The loss of a partner is always stressful and Andrew saw several years of slow decline. However, we shall be wise to remember and reflect on a life well-lived and well-loved.

We send our condolences to his children and their families.