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Bury St Edmunds: Well-respected dentist dies

10:00 05 September 2014

Peter Clinton

Peter Clinton

A well-known Bury St Edmunds dentist has died.


Peter Clinton, who ran a dental surgery in Hollow Road, Bury, is understood to have passed away on Monday.

A message on the surgery’s answerphone said: “The surgery is now closed until further notice due to the sad passing away of Mr Peter Clinton.

“For emergency day-time hours please call PALS [the Patient Advice and Liaison Service] on 0800 3896 819. For evenings and weekends please call the NHS 111 service.”

A spokesman for Suffolk police said: “Police were contacted shortly after 9.30am on Monday following concerns for the welfare of a man from the town.

“A short time later, the body of a local man in his 50s was found inside a residential property in Guildhall Street.

“The death is not being treated as suspicious and a file will be prepared for HM Coroner ahead of an
inquest which will take place in due course.”

One of Mr Clinton’s patients, Liz Nice, said: “Peter was our family dentist for more than 20 years, first in Risbygate Street and then when he moved to Hollow Road.

“I only saw him just over a week ago for the first time in a long time and was due to see him again today [Wednesday].

“He was his usual warm, kind and friendly self, asking lots of questions about me and my family and really taking an interest in everything I’d been doing since I last saw him.

“He made going to the dentist a real pleasure as it was like going to visit an old friend.

“I was so very sad to hear of his death. He was just such a lovely man.”

Mr Clinton, from Guildhall Street in Bury, had been a keen runner, with a number of marathons under his belt including the London Marathon and the Two Oceans Marathon in South Africa.



  • I have to echo everything that everybody have said in their comments about Peter but i will say how i felt when i heard the very sad news of his passing.Peter has been my dentist for many years,i first started to see him when he took over Mr Lee's practice in Risbygate street and i then followed him when he moved to Hollow Road.Peter was a brilliant dentist but he was more than that,whenever you saw him,he treated you like a friend,wanting to know how life was treating you and what things you had been up to,sometimes it could be 10 + minites before he looked at your teeth,i enjoyed talking to him and i admired how much money he used to raise for charity when he did his marathon runs.If it was near lunchtime,i would offer him a lift to the Angel Hill and he would chat non stop on the way.Peter really was a lovely Man and will be missed by so many people,i send my condolenses to all his family and may he rest in peace,Keith Collins

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    Keith Collins

    Tuesday, September 9, 2014

  • RIP Peter. What a great guy, a big sports fan and my dentist for the past few years. As the lady said in the sad report, "He made going to the dentist" a pleasure. Peter you will be sadly missed by Me and loads of others whose lives you affected. A Truly Wonderful Man.

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    Sunday, September 7, 2014

  • I was saddened to hear of the death of Peter Clinton.Having been a Patient of Peter's for well over 26 years,and also dentist my 18 year old daughter.Never a worry about the Visit,Perfect teeth alround! this wonderful man is not just simply a loss to the Health Service, more-over a greater loss to Bury,St-Edmunds.A great Sports man who supported great causes always.We send heartfelt condolence to the Family, RIP

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    Saturday, September 6, 2014

  • My daughter and I were saddened to hear the news of Peter's death. A truly wonderful and conscientious man, who made each and every patient feel at ease on everydental visit.Having been a Patient of Peter Clinton since 1988, i have to say it's not just a great loss to the NHS, but a bigger loss to Bury.StEdmunds.Peter's contribution to worthy causes by the marathons he ran will always be remembered.We would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere condolences to Peter's Family at this sad time.RIP

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    Friday, September 5, 2014

  • RIP Peter Clinton and sincere condolences to his family. Several members of our family over 3 generations have benefitted from his skill as a dentist for over 25 yrs. he was always thoughtful and kind, especially with the children when younger. Always ready to share a story and never appearing rushed or flustered. He would speak proudly og his family and raised lots of money over the years by taking part in numerous marathons. He had a very loyal, long serving team who must be extremely upset. Such very sad news and a great loss to the NHS and the patients he served.

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    Marilyn Martin

    Friday, September 5, 2014

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