438. We were lucky to have had him at all.

Dr Thomas Rees died yesterday.

He died peacefully in his home with his children and his dog by his side.

There will be much written about this man.  He was handsome and witty and generous of spirit. He was an incredible plastic surgeon who could have rested on his very successful laurels but chose not to.

He and his wife Nan co-founded and worked tirelessly for the Flying Doctors of East Africa, a division of what is now the African Medical Research and Education Foundation (AMREF), which is based in Nairobi, Kenya, and which is the largest NGO in healthcare and development in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Dr. Tom lost his beloved wife a year and a half ago. This was a romance of the ages. Everyone wondered how Dr Tom could ever go on without her.

But he wasn’t alone. This loving man was loved in return. His daughter, Liz spent much of the past year and a half helping him through the loss that they both felt.

It was wonderful seeing them together. They were inseparable.

As time passed and Dr.Tom became a bit more frail, Liz felt his needs before he saw them himself and made sure that the path he followed was softer than it might have been without her.

This time was a gift to both of them. They got to know and count on each other in a way that fathers and daughters rarely do.

Liz was tireless in the support and love she gave Dr. Tom and grateful in the way he returned that love.

Although Dr Tom is with his beloved Nan now, the world is a little less bright without them.





8 thoughts on “438. We were lucky to have had him at all.

  1. Thank you Mattie; this is beautiful and both my parents loved you. And thank you for that other little thing. I hope you printed it out first. xoxo : )

  2. I’m so sorry to hear of the passing of Liz’s father. My sincere condolences to her, Dave and to you Mattie. May those who work for (AMREF) Flying Doctors of East Africa continue diligently in his memory and in that of his wife’s. I know from your beautiful tribute that a great man, father and friend has been lost.

  3. So sorry to hear this, a great loss for so many. Mattie your words, love and support for Liz at this time go beyond friendship! Thank you for sharing and our heart felt thoughts are with Liz and her family.

  4. What a lovely tribute to my uncle and cousin. Our whole family’s hearts are heavy, but reading things like this make them a little lighter.

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