Dr Phil was highly respected by his colleagues and patients alike. He worked in Wagga for 14 years displaying time, care and sensitivity to all his patients.
Dr Philip Richard Zammit passed away unexpectedly on November 2, 2019, aged 59 years, surrounded by his loving family.
Phil was known to many as a respected general practitioner, based at Peter Street Medical Centre in Wagga. He moved with his wife Jan and two children to Wagga in January 1988.
He grew up in South Sydney, schooled at De La Salle Ashfield, and gained a scholarship to complete his schooling at St Joseph's College, Hunters Hill. Phil came first in the state in 2 Unit Physics in the 1978 HSC.
He graduated in Medicine at Sydney University in 1984 and completed his Diploma in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Dr Phil was highly respected by his colleagues and patients alike. He worked in Wagga for 14 years displaying time, care and sensitivity to all his patients.
He delivered many babies, and would go out of his way to help those in need.
He and Jan warmly welcomed numerous new doctors, including Associate Professors Gerard Carroll and Vince Fernon and their families, to town.
He and his wife became fully integrated into the Mater Dei Catholic Primary School and Sacred Heart Parish.
They gave generously of their time and immersed themselves wholeheartedly in the fundraising activities and school community and administration.
He was a man who embodied true authenticity, kindness, compassion, gentleness, respect, humility, service and leadership.
His faith was important to him. He was not about complicated dogmas or theologies, or judgment or right or wrong - it was about wisdom, love, support, forgiveness, tolerance, trust and community. For Phil, life was all about an unquenchable positivity, a generosity of spirit and always being there for others - and in this he was a great example to us all.
He lived a life with family at its centre and will forever leave an irreplaceable hole in many countless lives.
In 2002 he and the family moved to Brisbane where he continued to practice medicine and be a community builder.
He is survived by his wife Jan and children Christopher, Rebecca, Benjamin, Rachel and Sophie, and grandchildren Rose and Annabelle, and sisters Anne Zammit and Rosemary Kable.
Philip Zammit passed away from a heart attack on the weekend he was celebrating Ben's 30th birthday, and he will be missed and remembered by many.