Word that Doctor John Payne would be retiring soon was well known in the coffee shops and hair salons of small town Dresden. Only the exact date had been a mystery until earlier
this month. That's when official notification was delivered to his patients through the Chatham-Kent Family Health Team office that their doctor of 39 years was stepping down on April 30th.
The love and respect for Doctor
Payne is wide spread and heartfelt. He has been there for us, in times of joyous celebration and great sadness. Of course, we wish for him wonderful health and happy times in whatever comes next.
His patients and
community at large have been reaching out in various ways to let their doctor know just how much he will be missed. Some local merchants have posted on their reader signs thank you notes and best wishes. I know of one of his patients, who made an appointment
for the expressed purpose of saying goodbye to his childhood friend and doctor. Still another, baked a dozen or so of his favourite butter pecan tarts as her way of saying thank you to Doctor Payne. That of course is just tip of the iceberg as countless tributes
in one form or another have been pouring in since the retirement announcement. Each of us in our own way have been attempting to let Doctor Payne know how grateful we are for the thirty-nine years of compassion and skill that he gave us individually
and to our community as well.
I will let TV's Mr. Spock have the last word by simply saying "live long and prosper" Doctor Payne.