Dr. Philip Zachariah may be gone, but he certainly will not be forgotten.
Zachariah served the Hanover and District Hospital as a surgeon for over three decades. (34 years.)
Over those years colleague Dr. Bruce Edington says Zachariah won the respect and admiration of fellow doctors, staff and patients.
He describes Zachariah as a life long learner with education that goes well beyond medicine and into economics as well as history.
Edington adds Zachariah was also very progressive, keeping up-to-date with the latest in medical advances, noting Zachariah was the one who first introduced laparoscopic surgery to the Hanover and District Hospital.
Along with his keen surgery skills, Edington says Zachariah held very high standards for patient care, surgery and post surgery care.
His work ethic was also commendable, noting there was a time when he was Hanover's only surgeon; which meant he was on call day and night.
Edington says Zachariah will be sorely missed, adding his contribution to the Hanover and District Hospital will live on.
Along with the Hanover and District Hospital, Zachariah also performed surgical duties for the Durham Hospital for a time as well.
Dr. Zachariah retired his surgeon scalpel in 2017. (He retired from active surgery around 2001 but still worked as a surgical assist till 2017.)
A memorial service is being held this Saturday (August 3rd) at 11:30 am at the Trinity Anglican Church.