BORN LONDON, JUNE 1, 1952. DIED LONDON, JULY 18, 2009, AGED 57.
SPORTS-LOVING Dr Brian Aarons was the doctor for Wimbledon Football Club for over 10 years, covering the 1988 FA Cup win, and for numerous disability sports. One of three children — his brother and sister survive him — he attended Jewish primary school at Kerem House, Hampstead Garden Suburb, and Finchley County Grammar School. He qualified in medicine at Middlesex Hospital.
With his wife, Annie, he moved to New Zealand, establishing a GP practice in Tauranga. Despite professional rewards, he became increasingly aware of the lack of Jewish life and returned with his New Zealand-born children, Daniel and Rachel, in 1984. He and Annie became active members of Wimbledon and District Reform Synagogue.
In nearby Putney he took over a GP practice in a one-room surgery with a 2,000-patient list, which grew to over 7,000. Much more than a GP, he was a driving force in local medical projects and worked at the nearby Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability. He was part of the Nightingale House medical team for over 20 years, always ready to chat to residents in the Jewish old-age home.
A keen footballer and tennis player, he became involved with disability football. He worked for the Football Association and was the doctor on the England 2001 amputees squad. After the learning disability squad’s victory at the 2002 Disability World Cup in Japan, he was appointed by the FA as team doctor for the England blind football squad and the cerebral palsy football team.
On the medical staff at the Beijing 2008 Paralympics, he received an England cap for services to disability football. Despite terminal illness, he accompanied the squad to a Buckingham Palace reception in February this year.
In Jewish sport, he established Maccabi junior football squads in south London and was the Great Britain medical co-ordinator for the Maccabiah in Israel in 1997, 2001 and 2005.
He ran marathons, climbed mountains and, between 1993 and 2007, took part in 11 Norwood international cycling challenges, in some of them as group doctor. In his little spare time, he grew vegetables on his allotment.
Diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour in November last year, he was nursed at home by his family.
He is survived by his wife, son and daughter.
Disability sports doctor