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Date of Death: Friday 28 June 2019
Date of Funeral: Friday 12 July 2019

On 28th June 2019, peacefully at Dr Kershaw’s Hospice, aged 87 years.

Joan was a GP at Glodwick Health Centre for many years.

Beloved daughter of the late Edna and Leslie Wilkinson. She will be sadly missed by her family and many friends.

After graduating from Manchester University as a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery, she worked as a junior assistant to Patrick Steptoe, later going on to work in Glodwick, Oldham, as a General Practitioner, for 28 years. During this time, she served on the Management Committee of the Oldham Health Board, was a lecturer and examiner for the British Red Cross and was Medical Officer for Hulme Grammar school for Girls. After working as a GP, she became Medical Advisor to the Family Practitioner Committee, finally retiring in 1994 having been awarded the MBE for her services to medicine. 

In her spare time Joan enjoyed the theatre, and she became Chairman of the Oldham Repertory Theatre (later to be the Oldham Coliseum Theatre) and enjoyed numerous visits to the Royal Exchange theatre in Manchester, The Lowry, Buxton Festival and the London theatres. She enrolled on courses in theatre at Manchester University and became qualified in Theatre Studies whilst organising visits to the Edinburgh Fringe, for some 15 years, through her a group ‘The Good Companions’. Over the years she accumulated awards in theology, counselling and a range of medical specialities and in 2000 received a Millennium Certificate, equivalent to a Bachelor of Arts Degree.

Joan’s funeral will take place on Friday, 12th July at Oldham Crematorium at 1pm.


Flowers and Donations

No flowers please, donations in lieu if desired to Dr Kershaw's Hospice c/o G. Barlow and Sons Ltd., 17/19 Union Street West, Oldham OL8 1DQ to whom all enquiries should be made Tel: 0161 624 4301