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Former Attorney General Walter Maddocks dies after battle with cancer

Former Attorney General Walter Maddocks, QC, has died following a battle with cancer. He was 81-years-old.

A well-established lawyer, Mr Maddocks served as Attorney General from 1991 to 1994.

After retiring from the position, Mr Maddocks moved to Oxford, England. Lawyer Saul Froomkin said last night: “He was a charming, delightful, well educated man. He will be missed by his profession, I’m sure.”

In addition to his time as a lawyer and Attorney General, Mr Maddocks was a Rotarian, serving as President of the Hamilton Rotary Club in 1973 and District Governor in 1976.

He headed the Rotary International’s PolioPlus programme, which has been considered a major factor in establishing worldwide control of polio, from 1986 to 1988. Regarding the organisation’s involvement in the fight against polio, Mr Maddocks told Hamilton Rotary in 2001: “About three million children who might otherwise have been paralysed are running around playing safely.

“The battle is not widely known, and I wanted to tell the people of Bermuda what good Rotary does in the world. I wanted the members of this club to be aware it has a tradition of service, and should be proud.”

He is survived by his wife, Margaret, children Helen Gardner, Jane Vickers and Graham Maddocks, and many other family members.

A memorial service will be held a at a date to be announced. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made to PALS at www.pals.bm.

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Published September 19, 2011 at 10:06 am (Updated September 19, 2011 at 10:05 am)

Former Attorney General Walter Maddocks dies after battle with cancer

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