Michael Clement: Much loved and highly respected Norwich GP

A long-serving GP in Norwich, Dr Michael Clement, who has died aged 91, was a founder member of the Norfolk branch of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society.

Respected by his medical colleagues as a fine example of a general practitioner at the Reepham Road practice, his diagnosis was rarely wrong.

Retired Norwich consultant, Dr Alan Green, said: 'He knew when to seek a specialist opinion and his referral letters were models of clarity and produced after careful thought.'

When he retired after 36 years as senior partner in April 1984, patients and friends crowded into Hellesdon Community Centre to mark a farewell presentation. The then vice-chairman of the parish council, Alfred Holmes, paid tribute to his long and caring service.

He had been in practice for many years initially from a house on the Aylsham Road, near the Territorial Army Centre.


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Born in London, Michael Hugh Clement was seven years old when his father moved to Norfolk. He went to Norwich School, then Caius College, Cambridge, and trained at Westminster Hospital.

He served in the Royal Army Medical Corps during the second world war and was posted to Sierra Leone. After he was demobbed, Capt Clement went to Colchester and then returned to Norwich.

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He and his late wife, Alison, who were excellent dancers and up to competition standard, started the Norfolk branch of the Scottish Dance Society in the mid 1950s. They used to dance at the old Gala Ballroom on St Stephen's Road, near the former Norfolk and Norwich Hospital.

He was a keen supporter of the Norfolk and Norwich Music Festival, attending concerts every year until May, and also the Norwich Music Club. A keen walker, at home and abroad, he had even climbed up Europe's highest peak, Mont Blanc.

His wife predeceased but he leaves two daughters, Anne and Sarah, four grandchildren and two great -grandchildren.

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