LOVED DOCTOR’S DEATH
Much-loved medic practised in area for 32 years
THE St Clair and wider community has fondly remembered much-loved and respected local Dr Liz Torrance, who died last week.
Dr Torrance, who died on August 24 – a day before her 62nd birthday – from aggressive brain cancer served the St Clair community for 32 years.
Fondly known as “Dr T” or Liz, her condition was diagnosed only several months ago which forced the closure of her surgery in Cook Parade.
A post on Facebook last week informed patients of the sad news of her passing.
“It is with a heavy heart that we let the community know that in the early hours of this morning Dr T lost her battle against aggressive brain cancer. She was surrounded by love.”
News of Dr Torrance’s diagnosis shocked the community.
“I don’t want to look for a new doctor as for over the last 35 years she has been my family doctor and seen my family grow up,” one patient wrote on a medical review website.
“The only doctor I would trust with my life,” another man, who had been seeing Dr Torrance for more than 30 years, posted.
Similar sentiments were expressed as news of Dr Torrance’s death spread.
“We will be forever grateful to her,” Pauline Ann posted on Facebook.
And Mark Vella: “The most compassionate, caring, loving person that I’ve had the honour of knowing, since I was born she has been my doctor for 39 years.”
An online guest book overflowed to nine pages.
Long-term patient Melanie Taylor is lobbying for some sort of community memorial to remember Dr Torrance’s selfless service to St Clair.
She would like to see a garden or park dedicated to Dr Torrance, and has started gathering information to support her case.
“Dr T” looked after four generations of Mrs Taylor’s family over 31 years.
“She was caring, extremely knowledgeable and always talked to her patients,” Mrs Taylor said.
“I know of a Bathurst family that still travelled to St Clair to see Dr Torrance.”
Dr Torrance’s life was due to be celebrated today at 10am at Pinegrove Crematorium, Minchinbury.
In keeping with her zest for life, mourners were encouraged to wear brightcoloured clothing.
St Clair doctor Liz Torrance.