The Northland Faculty would like to pay tribute to Mr Peter Milsom. The faculty was indeed lucky enough to have Peter speak at the Russell conference in 2014. It was a touching, personal presentation of his journey through medicine in Northland paralleled by the creation of an arboretum legacy at his home in Pakaraka with his wife, Gerry. Both journeys are marked by energy, commitment, long hours, a supportive family and a sense of permanence that only few get to create in a lifetime, short or long.
Peter's career is well known in Northland, developing obstetric skills and furthering his surgical skills at the Bay of Islands Hospital while he was a general practitioner. Peter's time in general practice not only benefited the people of Moerewa, Kawakawa and surrounding districts, but his rapport, humor, availability and understanding of general practice was also of benefit to Northland General Practitioners when relating to him as a surgeon and eventually the clinical director for Northland DHB surgical services.
In 2014 the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons awarded Peter the Outstanding Service to the Community Award. Despite such extraordinary achievements and dedication that leaves one wondering about their own sense of purpose, Peter was a fairly humble man who lived in the community he served, enjoyed music and a good story.
"I am not old but believe I will not get much older" Peter passed away peacefully on the 25th February 2014. His life was celebrated by the wider community at Otiria Marae and family and friends at his Pakaraka garden.
He will be missed by his Northland General Practice colleagues