My father, Sydney Morris, who has died aged 97, was one of the first male district nurses and a quietly distinguished contributor to the health and civic life of his south London community for more than 50 years.

He was born in Bristol, the son of Alf Morris, a tailor, and his wife, Sophie (nee Harris), who also worked in tailoring, but the family moved to London, where he attended St Mary’s primary school, then Hither Green secondary, both in Lewisham. The influence of a musician uncle led Sydney as a teenager to play the alto saxophone, to a lifelong love of jazz and the Great American Songbook, and to his own band, known as Syd Morris’ Rhythm Monarchs.

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