Book of Remembrance of


Nigel Pickering

Nigel, much loved family man and Malmesbury GP, passed away peacefully at home on 14th of January 2021. This has been an opportunity for those who worked with him, or were cared for by him as a patient, or who just knew him as a friend, to record their memories and thoughts. We were all lucky to have known him and to have had him in our lives.


If I can stop one heart from breaking,

I shall not live in vain;

If I can ease one life the aching,

Or cool one pain,

Or help one fainting robin,

Unto his nest again,

I shall not live in vain.

                                                                                     Emily Dickinson


All nature has a feeling: woods, fields, brooks

Are life eternal; and in silence they

Speak happiness beyongd the reach of books;

There’s nothing mortal in them; their decay

Is the green life of change; to pass away

And come again in blooms revivified.

It’s birth was heaven, eternal in its’ stay,

And with the sun and moon shall still abide

Beneath their day and night and heaven wide.

                                                                            John Clare

Book Owner: John Pettit
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Holly Owen

I did not know Dr Pickering, but I send my well wishes to his family. I hope that because of his legacy, you aren’t just left with feelings of sadness now. …

Anna Le

22nd April 2021   Dear Nigel,  I am so saddened that you are gone. But I know you are up somewhere in the sky watching over us with a paint brush and your big grin.  You were a giant of a human being, a true gentleman who was kind, thoughtful and caring. Behind that distinguished grey hair and spectacles bellied a most wicked sense of humour that would light up any room.  Nigel, it was a true honour to have worked along side you for almost 20 years. You were an inspiration to all of us. Your knowledge and skills were astounding. You were respected and loved and colleagues and patients alike.  I was truly glad that I was able to see more of you and Janet during the latter stage of your illness. It was amazing to see you continuing to paint under the microscope when clearly your illness had progressed at such speed. I felt so privileged to be shown your favourite painting collection of the stupendous Patagonian succulents.  You were the most humble man I know.  I will always cherish our car journeys to your radiotherapy treatment. We had some good laughs as well as some …

Heather Knibb

We were very sorry to hear of the passing of Dr Nigel Pickering.  He was a super doctor & a lovely man – always smiling & cheerful.My most abiding memory of him, is when he calmly & reassuringly sat opposite me in the ambulance, as I was rushed from Malmesbury Cottage Hospital in September 1990, to Swindon Hospital, for an emergency Caesarean Section.  Were it not for the quick diagnosis & prompt action from Dr Pickering & midwife Jane, the outcome of Ross’ birth may well have been so different.  Fortunately, all turned out well, & Ross – now a Captain for a Commercial Airline – looks forward to his 31st birthday later this year. Heather, Richard, Thomas & Ross Knibb. …

Louise Mann

Just stumbled across this news. Very sad to read this.  Have very fond memories of Dr Pickering during my time working for this surgery. Always very patient focused, always had a smile on his face when knocking on his door to ask something of him. Condolences to the family. He will be missed x  …

Marion Thornbury

What a nice and gentle man he was. He was always lovely to us. …

Judith Fooks

Eunice Raymont

Caty and David Tappin

Nigel was a wonderful GP – kind, thorough, personable and calm. When we moved to Sherston in 1994 we heard that he was a fantastic family doctor and this was always our experience. Over the years he provided us with excellent advice. In particular, after the birth of our second child, David explained we were thinking we might still have more children. We remember him talking with feeling about how great his experience was of having a larger family.We were fortunate to not need to visit the practice too often and so, when Caty saw Nigel next he said ‘I’m guessing you must be pregnant because that’s the only time I ever see you!’ .. and of course he was right. We went on to find out we were having twins and have certainly never regretted having a larger family.Nigel was clearly very proud of all his family. Our sincere condolences and best wishes to you all.   Caty and David Tappin …

Ian and Lynne Robinson

We met Nigel shortly after he joined the surgery and knew at once that we jellied and as such he was our chosen GP until his retirement. He was so easy to talk to, friendly, understanding, and knowledgeable that we considered him a friend and our GP. We were devastated when we heard he was to retire. R.I.P Dear Nigel.           …

Janet and Bob Bacon

Nigel was our GP for 27 years. He was a wonderful caring man and also a work colleague at Malmesbury Hospital. A true gentleman and a wonderful human being. We send our deepest condolences to his family at this time. Janet and Bob Bacon …