Tributes paid to inspirational GP

THE wife of a retired Sutton family doctor has paid tribute to her ‘inspirational’ husband after he died following a four-year battle with cancer.

Dr George Stein worked for 42 years at the Willowbrook Medical Practice, as well as serving for 14 years as an Ashfield district councillor.

He was also a prominent member of Sutton Rotary Club and alongside his wife, Frances Stein MBE, raised close to £1m for King’s Mill Hospital.

Mrs Stein paid tribute to her husband this week and said she was overwhelmed by the number of people who had contacted her since his death at the age of 75.

“So many people have written to me or phoned me, it has been amazing,” she said.

“Patients, colleagues and other people who knew my husband have been in touch and it has really helped me through these days.”

Dr Stein was born Jerzy Joseph Finkelstein in Warsaw, Poland, in 1936 and lived in a Russian camp during the Second World War.

His family moved to England after the war and Dr Stein’s father, a psychiatrist, settled in Nottingham.

He played for England Schoolboys at rugby and studied medicine at the University of Birmingham.

Dr Stein met Frances while working at Northampton General Hospital and the couple moved to Sutton in 1965.

He worked at New Cross Surgery until the practice moved to the Health Centre at New Street and then became the Willowbrook Medical Practice.

As well as general practice, Dr Stein worked at Ashfield Clinic and Millbrook where he contributed to the provision of psychiatric services.

He was a Rotarian for around 36 years and was made a Paul Harris Fellow in recognition of his service.

Retired Mansfield solicitor Paul Bacon said: “He was loved and respected by all who met him. He was a most dedicated family doctor and will be remembered fondly by his former patients, colleagues, and friends.”

Dr Stein’s interests included bridge, chess, music, travel and a particular passion for photography.

“He always seemed to have a camera around his neck,” Mrs Stein said. “He loved all of these things, but most of all he loved his patients.”

Dr Stein was diagnosed with colon cancer and end stage renal failure in 2006. He fought the diseases courageously but died on 1st March.

The couple had three children, Mark, Tania and Nicholas, as well as two grandchildren.

Mrs Stein says everyone is welcome to attend a thanksgiving service at St Mary’s Church in Sutton on Friday at 11am.