Dr David Moss, one of the region’s most respected and beloved GPs, passed away of brain cancer on Sunday, July 19, 2020. Dave died peacefully, at home, surrounded by loved ones.
Dave was born in Sydney and grew up with his close-knit family – mum Valerie and dad Peter, and brothers Peter and Damian.
As a kid, he was happy and fun, the life of the party. He was always ‘one of the boys’ and loved football, motorbikes and music, and was a talented musician throughout his life (even releasing two CDs and winning a Dolphin Award for New Emerging Talent in 2010).
As a young man he worked at the Health Care Complaints Commission in Sydney, a role which inspired him to study medicine. From the beginning, Dave wanted to lift the bar of what a GP could be. Anyone who knew Dave professionally, or was lucky enough to be his patient, can attest to his success in achieving this goal.
As a GP, Dave was both progressive and old fashioned. He believed in giving his patients time, listening to them, and understanding their concerns. He was an advocate – helping them traverse the healthcare system and find the best pathways for their needs.
His colleagues describe him as brilliant and innovative. He was generous with his time and knowledge, mentoring young GPs with kindness and empathy. His professional legacy will live on through the great work of those young doctors.
Dave had a wonderful gentle nature, he was caring and considerate, with a quirky, mischievous, and wicked sense of humour. Friends say he was always quick with a joke, an offer of help, or just a non-judgmental ear.
The loves of his life were his family. His wife Melissa and his two beautiful children, Gabriel and Stella were his greatest source of pride and delight. He beamed brightest when he was with his three loves, and everything he did, he did for them.
One of Dave’s greatest attributes was his inner strength and the way he carried himself when he was facing his own mortality. Dave wasn’t angry or fearful. He was courageous, loving, and above all wanted to protect his family from what they were about to face.
Our community has lost a brilliant GP, a dear friend and a man who was simply adored by those who were fortunate to know him.
Written by the family and friends of Dr Moss