Brian Aarons

BORN LON­DON, JUNE 1, 1952. DIED LON­DON, JULY 18, 2009, AGED 57.

The Jewish Chronicle - - Obituaries -

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

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