Clare pharmacist retires after 34 years
After preparing many thousands of prescriptions in a career spanning 34 years, Malcolm Smith has called it a day and retired from his family-run pharmacy in Clare.
Malcolm came off the register of pharmacists on January 31, meaning the final prescription he served that day at Clare Pharmacy in Well Lane was his last.
A well known figure in the town who is also the secretary of Haverhill & District Rotary Club, Malcolm can now look forward to pursuing other things away from the shop, including spending time with his five grandchildren.
He said: “I’m quite happy with the amount of time I have done.
“I have enjoyed all of the time I have worked there as owner, as did my wife.”
Malcolm initially took the business over in 1978 - together with another pharmacy in Sible Hedingham - in partnership with Gordon Graham, an old college friend whose father Martin used to run a pharmacy in Queen Street, Haverhill.
In June 1982 Malcolm and his wife June, also a qualified pharmacist, bought Clare Pharmacy from Mr Graham, who retained the shop in Sible Hedingham.
In 2007 Malcolm sold the pharmacy to his son Nick, who runs it with the administrative support of his wife Pippa, but continued to help out on a part-time basis.
Having seen his wife leave the register of pharmacists on December 31, 2011, Malcolm did just that exactly one year later.
He has no regrets about finally giving up the day job, saying: “It was very nice to be able to go back again for the odd day or two, or cover holidays for the last five years and meet people I have known so long - but the time comes, I am nearly 70 now.
“Now I can just spend a bit more time travelling around seeing things that we hadn’t got time to when we were fully committed to the business.”
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