Much-loved medic prac­tised in area for 32 years

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - FRONT PAGE - Vera Ber­tola

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.

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