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Retired Pinelands GP passes away

Michael Porter (1956F) studied to be a doctor in Dublin and then returned to Cape Town where he worked for half a century.

 Christopher Michael Porter (1956F) was born on 25 August 1938.  He passed away peacefully on Sunday, 30 October 2022.

Anne Porter, his sister-in-law sent us this short bio:

Mike qualified as a doctor in Dublin and returned to Cape Town and practised as a GP in Pinelands for 50 years until he retired and moved to Val de Vie Evergreen.

His first wife, Colleen, was killed in a car accident in Zimbabwe and was the mother of their 3 boys. Michael who lives in Cape Town, is married to Melanie , Mark (also a doctor) lives in Sydney and is married to Lara, and David who has a yoga studio, lives in the States and is married to Lauren.

He subsequently met Jenny Thomas and they were married about 25 years ago in Brooke Chapel.  He adored Jenny who was also a doctor.  She worked in the UCT Anaesthesiology Department at Redcross Children's Hospital for many years and earned the title of  Professor Emeritus of Paediatric Anaesthiology.


Mike and Jenny

The Porter’s have a long association with Bishops:Andrew Porter (1945G) followed by Brian (1954), Allan (1950O), David (1954O), Michael (1956F), Dennis (1957S), Alastair and Adrian (1965W), followed by Michael junior (1985B), David (1987S), Mark (1991K) and Nicholas (1998G), son of Adrian  and Nicholas  (2012/3G), son of Dennis.  

Brian, Allan, David and Adrian all had their funeral services in Bishops Chapel.

Mike was also a man of faith. He attended St Stephens Church in Pinelands and was very close to the rector, Father Rus Blassoples. His other interests outside of medicine were cars and music.

In addition to his wife and extended Bishops family, Mike leaves behind his five grandchildren:   Mikayla, Jenna, Erin, Lincoln and Pepper.

He lived a long and fruitful life, may his soul rest in peace.



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