John Crawford Flitch died peacefully on 6th March 2009, with his family at his bedside.
After graduating from Birmingham Dental School in 1942, John was commissioned to the Royal Army Dental Corps (RADC). During his time in service he was posted with his wife and children to Singapore, Northern Ireland and Germany. In 1953 while serving in Singapore he was awarded the MBE in recognition of “Gallant and distinguished service in Malaya”.
On retirement from the RADC in 1963 John settled with his family in Kent, setting up his dental practice in Ramsgate. His life was dedicated to providing dental care to the community; regardless of time of day or night.
At the age of 65, whilst competing in one of his many triathlons/marathon events he had an accident that unfortunately resulted in him having to give up dentistry. This however did not quell his desire for running and he continued to compete in marathons until the age of 83. How many, we don’t know but he completed the London marathon three times.
John leaves a wife Wilhelema, three children, eight grandchildren, and six great grandchildren and many ex patients who to this day, remember him fondly as “Mr Flitch the dentist”.