I was deeply saddened to learn of the death of my friend Dr Bill Smith on the 4th January and attended his funeral today.
I met Bill during the fight to save the A&E at the Whittington Hospital some years ago, but I know that he was a committed and loyal advocate for the NHS, young people’s mental health and family therapy for many decades before that and he undoubtedly formed a valued and trusted part of the community in Muswell Hill, where he was known by so many.
Although Bill will always be remembered for his tireless work as a family Doctor and his campaigning around the NHS, he had a varied and fascinating life before he found his vocation in the health service. Spending the Second World War as a pilot in the RAF, Bill went on to work as a sculptor (a passion he never abandoned) before training at the London Hospital in the late 1950s, making Muswell Hill his home in the late 1960s with his family and serving the community for the rest of his life.
I will miss Bill, as I know his friends, family and the wider Muswell Hill community will.