Malcolm was one of those people who always gave of his best and went the extra mile. Fellow multi-sporter 

The passing of a legend

By Roger Childs

One of the measures which indicates the esteem in which someone is held, is the number of people who attend their funeral. More than 450 mourners were at the funeral of Malcolm Wilson Dyer – father of four, highly respected local doctor, talented multi-sport athlete and distinguished Kapiti citizen. 

Malcolm was born in Hartlepool in the English county of Durham. His father was Scottish and his mother Irish. He always appreciated his varied British Isles heritage; admired Irish culture and proudly wore the Wilson tartan. 

He was a product of the world-renowned Scottish medical education system and it was in Scotland that he married Sarah, who was also a doctor – a PhD from Cambridge. All the Dyer children had biblical names, which reflected the family’s strong commitment to Christianity. 

Malcolm was involved in a range of sports from an early age including sailing, and one of the highlights of the funeral was the video from a Scottish woman who knew Malcolm in earlier times. She spoke of Malcom being keen to take her sailing on the Tay Esturary. She remarked in a broad Scottish accent that she “probably spent more time in the Tay Estuary than in Malcolm’s boat!” 

Making an impact in Kapiti 

The family migrated to New Zealand and eventually settled in Raumati. Malcolm was a key figure at the Coastal Medical Rooms where he was highly respected by his patients. As well as being a general practitioner, Malcolm was also a mentor and appraiser of other doctors in the Kapiti area. His medical knowledge was extensive and he worked hard to keep up with the latest research. He was always happy to answer the questions of fellow athletes and at training season had a medical kit handy if assistance was required.

He was an active member of the Kapiti Running and Tri Club. He won a number of club trophies and served on the committee for many years. As a runner and multi-sporter, he was a fierce competitor and took part in many events around the North Island including at Waikanae, Waitarere and Taupo. Late in 2022, before he succumbed to cancer in early December, he took part in the Horowhenua / Kapiti Big Bang Race with his friend Bruce Candy. 

Malcolm also belonged to the men’s discussion group at the Paraparaumu Impact Church, and enjoyed a good debate.

The Kapiti community has lost one of its great citizens – family man, dedicated Christian, respected medical practitioner and talented athlete. Above all Malcolm Dyer was humble, friendly, supportive and concerned for his fellow man and women. He packed a huge amount into his 52 years and has unquestionably left the world a better place.