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Bill Brookes

Bill was a close friend for over 50 years and I have written this to celebrate Bill as a person. I am sure others will describe his professional achievements.

I first met Bill at a branch delegates meeting of The Guild of Healthcare Pharmacists. Although much more senior than I was, he immediately made me feel welcome and introduced me to the rituals. I, in turn, was able to appreciate Bill’s skill in debate, his sharp mind and complete commitment to hospital pharmacy.

Over the years, our families became close friends and I have a fond memory of Bill sitting on my carpet playing a duet on the recorder with my youngest daughter Lucy. That was Bill — a man who remained young in both appearance and attitude.

Later I was able to spend a lot of time with him as he, I and other colleagues attended a pioneering diploma course to enable pharmacists to communicate with clinical confidence when out on the wards. He certainly put that to good use in his working life.

I send my condolences to his family who sadly have lost both parents within the space of a month.

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal DOI: 10.1211/PJ.2019.20206669

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