Where are they now? Fitzgerald Corbin/News from former staff
WHERE ARE THEY NOW? FITZGERALD CORBIN
Fitzgerald joined the nursing staff at St Francis on the 12th January 1970 and was in PTS in February of that year. John Barry and Peter Frazer wasted no time in admitting him to the ranks of the well paid. He remembers working with Mandy Moore and Joe Hughes and swears he has recovered so well that he is only mildly worried about ever being admitted to hospital himself.
He left for London to study law in 1973 and qualified as a solicitor in 1980 and has been practicing since. With this in mind I'll make no more jokes for fear of litigation.
He has 3 children aged 28, 23 and 21.
He recalls the cricket team when he played between 1970 and 1973 with David Sinfield as captain. His wife Evril joined him at the hospital in 1972 and they were married on 24th February 1972 after he had sucessfully evaded the home sister - Mrs Wilson. Mrs Fletcher attended his wedding in London during time given off to Fitzgerald by Mr Barnett (Was it with pay, Gerald ?) They held a reception at Beechmont when they returned from London which was packed. The late John Barry was magnanimous as always, says Fitzgerald. The couple then transferred to the Lady Chichester Hospital in early 1973 where they worked on night duty before moving to Croydon in September of that year.
Unfortunately Evril was diagnosed with chronic leukaemia in February 1997 which prevented their attendance at the 1997 reunion when she was admitted to the Royal Marsden for a bone marrow transplant from her sister. The good news is that she has recovered and now works as Fitzgerald's secretary. We wish her and Fitzgerald long and happy years together and with their family. Thank you Fitzgerald. JH
NEWS FROM FORMER STAFF
John Browne reports on an invitation from HRH the Queen to a garden party at Buckingham Palace which he really enjoyed - despite the top hat. John believes the invite was as a result of his service to mental health as opposed to his contribution to the brewing industry.
Mrs Ferguson has retired and has becoome a keen gardener and a babysitter.
Jane Gary, Occupational Therapy, has retired and is now a Trustee at St Peter and St James Hospice and is also Chairman of the Haywards Heath Ceramics group.
Anne Heffernan tells me that she retired from full time nursing after 42 years and at present she is in England visiting friends and relatives. JH