BID TO HON­OUR GP

Pe­ti­tion seeks park to hon­our pop­u­lar doc­tor El­iz­a­beth Tor­rance, who died in Au­gust

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

PLANS are un­der way to cre­ate a last­ing memo­rial in hon­our of St Clair doc­tor El­iz­a­beth Tor­rance, who died on Au­gust 24.

Dr Tor­rance, who died a day be­fore her 62nd birth­day from ag­gres­sive brain can­cer, served the St Clair com­mu­nity for 32 years.

“Dr T” was held in ex­tremely high re­gard, and her loss hit the com­mu­nity hard.

“The only doc­tor I would trust with my life,” one pa­tient posted on so­cial me­dia.

The St Clair and wider com­mu­nity im­me­di­ately turned their thoughts to how they could hon­our Dr Tor­rance in an ap­pro­pri­ate and en­dur­ing way.

Pa­tient Me­lanie Tay­lor im­me­di­ately started lob­by­ing for some sort of com­mu­nity memo­rial to re­mem­ber Dr Tor­rance’s self­less and long ser­vice to the St Clair com­mu­nity.

At the time she said wanted to see a gar­den or park ded­i­cated to Dr Tor­rance.

“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.

An on­line pe­ti­tion to lobby Pen­rith Council for a park in St Clair to be named in Dr Tor­rance’s hon­our, has gained mo­men­tum since it was es­tab­lished in mid-Oc­to­ber.

It has now at­tracted 800 sig­na­tures and more than 60 com­ments singing praise for Dr Tor­rance.

“It would be a beau­ti­ful place for re­flec­tion and re­spect and re­mem­brance of Liz,” one com­menter Michele wrote.

An­other for­mer pa­tient wrote: “I signed this pe­ti­tion as I could not think of a more ap­pro­pri­ate way to cel­e­brate the life of a truly ded­i­cated hu­man be­ing.”

“To me this would be a beau­ti­ful way of keep­ing her mem­ory alive.”

The pe­ti­tion, Dr El­iz­a­beth Tor­rance Memo­rial Park, can be found on­line at pe­ti­tions24.com.

It would be a beau­ti­ful place for re­flec­tion and re­spect and re­mem­brance Michele

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