A D-DAY Landings veteran who became family doctor to thousands of Stone residents has passed away.
Barry Farnham, husband of Stone town and borough councillor Joyce Farnham, died on Friday after suffering a heart attack at University Hospital of North Staffordshire. He was 88.
Dr Farnham, of Airdale Road, hailed from Birmingham, where his father was a doctor, and attended Westhouse School and Malvern College.
He joined the Royal Navy during the Second World War and served on a tank
landing craft at the D-Day Landings in Normandy on June 6, 1944. His actions earned him the honour of a mention in dispatches - a citation in an official report.
On leaving the Navy he read medicine at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, and went on to work at Middlesex Hospital.
He moved to Stone in 1956 and married Joyce two years later. He is also survived by son Christopher.
Councillor Farnham said: “Barry was made a partner at Cumberland House in 1958 and worked there until he was 62. He worked so hard at the practice - in those days the doctors could be out three times a night and at 9am surgery the next day.
“He was just wonderful, a perfect gentleman. He was a very private man and a very gentle man. I think he was much loved, which is a lovely thing to be able to say about anybody.”
Councillor Farnham added that her husband of 55 years was a great support during her year as Mayor of Stafford Bor- ough, from 2005 to 2006, when he acted as Mayor’s Consort.
Fellow borough councillor Philip Leason, who knew Dr Farnham for many years, said: “He was a real gentleman and very well respected, by the people who went to him as a doctor, and as a resident of Stone.”
A date for Dr Farnham’s funeral has yet to be arranged. All enquiries to Price and Stubbs on 01785 812556.