Patients and colleagues have paid tribute to Dr Augustine Obaro, 63, a GP at Addison Road Medical Practice in Walthamstow who died of Covid-19 on January 1.
Dr Obaro had been working at Addison Road Medical Practice since October 1, 2004.
He leaves behind a loving wife, Elizabeth, and four sons – Raphael, Charles, Osebi and Christopher.
On the Addison Road Medical Practice website, a statement reads: “It is with great sadness that we report the sudden death of Dr Augustine Obaro from Covid-19 on 1 January 2021.”
A statement made on behalf of Waltham Forest Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Chair Dr Ken Aswani, and Local Medical Committee Chair Dr Gabby Ivbijaro, said: “On behalf of all our colleagues, it is with great sadness that we report the loss of our colleague Dr Augustine Obaro who passed away on January 1, 2021 after a short illness.
“Dr Augustine Obaro will be sadly missed by patients and staff at Addison Road Medical Practice, colleagues, acquaintances and family throughout the UK, Africa and America.”
Waltham Forest CCG declined to comment further on Addison Road Medical Practice’s report that Covid-19 was the cause of Dr Obaro’s death.
Remembering Dr Obaro
Dr Obaro first qualified as a doctor at the University of Maiduguri, Nigeria in 1984.
He continued working in Nigeria for 15 years before moving to the UK to train to become a GP. He completed this training in Kent in 2004, and had worked as a GP in Waltham Forest ever since.
The Waltham Forest CCG’s statement said: “In addition to his role at Addison Road Medical Practice he has done a great deal of work for the out of hours services over the years, most recently with Waltham Forest GP Federation.
“Dr Obaro also carried out a significant amount of charitable work, returning to Nigeria with his wife every year to spend time doing voluntary work to improve local healthcare provision in his native village.
“He was very involved with his community there and also supporting fellow African doctors in the UK. His generosity and benign leadership qualities led to him being given the nickname ‘King’ from a young age.”
Tributes have come in from patients who were treated by Dr Obaro.
Shahzaib Ali told MyLondon: “I was saddened to hear about Dr Augustine Obaro passing away, it has really shocked me about his death and one of the worst ways to start off 2021.
“I met Dr Obaro when I was two years old and was a really friendly, funny helpful guy. Every time I visited him at the GP he always remembered me as a child, always checked on how I was doing and always made my day.
“After hearing Dr Obaro passing away it really left me in no words.
“My thoughts are going towards his wife, and his four children, also to his friends, colleagues and all the people that knew him.
“We will miss Dr Obaro and he will never be forgotten in our heart.”
More patients have been offering their condolences and sharing fond thoughts on Twitter.
“Our GP just died of Covid. So close to having the vaccine. Really sad,” tweeted Rebecca Lacey.
Twitter user Sarah Somerville (Jones) also tweeted: “Have just heard. This is horrendous. He was wonderful with my youngest when she was very ill – am heartbroken for his family.
“He was a great doctor and I believe him to have been a great man… R.I.P.”