DR. TED DIES AT 86
By JURIS GRANEY
EDWARD Ambrose Allcock was well-known in the Clarence Valley for being a respected, trusted and compassionate doctor.
What very few people realised was that he was also a more than capable chef.
In July, Dr Allcock hosted an 'exquisite' dinner party for 12 of his closest friends.
"He would push me out of the kitchen," his wife Rosemary Waugh told The Daily Examiner yesterday. "He planned this party all himself, cooked everything and was the perfect host -- a real gentleman.
"Afterwards I told him that we should have another one, in Spring, out in the garden.
"He turned to me and said 'there will never be another one'."
Even then, the man affectionately known as Ted to many of his patients, knew there was little time left.
"Ten weeks ago he suspected, being an eminent surgeon, something was wrong," Mrs Waugh said.
"He knew something was wrong 12 months ago."
That something was pancreatic cancer, an extremely aggressive form of tumour.
"He had an operation in Lismore and said to me that there was nothing anybody could do about it.
"Three weeks ago he had a stroke and even though it affected his speech mildly it didn't affect his intellect."
He spent three weeks in Maclean Hospital and only last Friday was allowed to return to his wife's care at the Taloumbi Homestead.
Yesterday, he passed away, aged 86, just under a fortnight before the loving couple celebrated their 27th wedding anniversary.
The master surgeon was a Fellow of the Royal College of Australian Surgeons and Royal College of Surgeons, studied at the American College of Surgeons and taught surgery at the University of Minnesota.
He also spent time working in private research in the US helping in the development of the ITOME instrument for reading blood sugars.
Born in Leicestershire, England, he first saw Australia during World War II and spent time as a Surgeon Lieutenant in the Royal Navy.
He returned to Australia and took up residence in 1956.
He spent 20 years at the University of Melbourne's Department of Surgery and was recently awarded an Order of Australia Medal for his years of dedicated service to the community and his contribution to medical education in the Northern Rivers.
He was this year's Lower Clarence Citizen of the Year.
Established a GP office in River Street, in the old Maclean Shire Council building in 1977 he worked at the Maclean Hospital until he was 65 and was forced to retire.
"He brought a lot of young people into this world in his time at the hospital," she said.
"I can only go on what people have said to me but he will be remembered as a considerate and compassionate man.
"He would go out at any time for anybody.
"I will remember him as the most Christian-like man and a gentleman."
Dr Allcock's funeral will be held on Saturday at Maclean's Anglican Church with a burial at the Taloumbi Homestead, with the time to be set.
All friends are welcome.
Dr Allcock is survived by his wife, daughters Alison Allcock and Catherine McNabb, sons Stephen and Johnathon Allcock and stepson Alec Waugh.