I have known Malcolm personally as a friend for more than 25 years, firstly as a community pharmacy contractor in Sunderland; and more latterly as the secretary of our LPC when he retired from his pharmacy. Throughout that time he has always amazed me with his drive and energy for community pharmacy and life. He was an amazing man with so many hobbies and interests - it's almost better to describe what he wasn't interested in! Amongst his interests he had a love of wood-work and had a room in his home (complete with extractor fan) dedicated to producing beautiful works of wood for family and friends. He was a watch repairer, a bow-tie maker, a glass engraver, a lover of whisky, developed software for computers and even was an undertaker for the Jewish community - the list goes on.
He was honoured with a fellowship of the RPS, was a member of the worshipful society of apothecaries in London, and recently was awarded the title of visiting professor at the university of Sunderland.
He was very supportive to me and other LPC colleagues in the many years he was the secretary of G&ST and we will miss him, - his wit, bow tie and sayings most of all...he would always say "you get nowt for nowt and precious little for sixpence" when we tried to negotiate fees, or "your blood's worth bottling!"
Our thoughts are with Malcolm's wife, Denise, and her family at this sad time.
Gateshead & South Tyneside LPC