Dr. Bishop P. Read

Dr. Bishop P. Read, 79, passed away on Thursday, May 12, 2022. He was a native of Hampton and a resident of Newport News. He graduated from Hampton High School, VMI, UVA Medical School, and Eastern Virginia Medical School, and was also a veteran of the U.S. Army.  He was a member of Hidenwood Presbyterian Church and James River County Club, where he was an avid golfer.  Dr. Read was a urologist who practiced 35 years with Hampton Roads Urology and retired in 2012.   He was an enthusiastic audiophile and he loved boating and spending time with family and friends.

Dr. Read was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Katharine Read. He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Sheila D. Read; daughter, Mariah Gaffigan (John); son, Curtis Read; grandchildren, Brenna Gaffigan and John Gaffigan III; sister, Katharine “Tinka” Massey (David); and brother, J. Winston Read (Leslie). 

The family will receive friends at a Celebration of Life for Bishop on Tuesday, May 24, 2022, at 1:00 p.m. at James River Country Club.  In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to Hidenwood Presbyterian Church or to a charity of your choice.

Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601.


  1. William (Bill, VMI 64) Cox and Jeanne Cox

    Sheila and Family.
    We are so sorry about this news. Bishop was a great friend and VMI roommate! Fond memories. He will be missed.

  2. Martha wilson

    Shelia and Curtis
    I am so very sorry to hear about Bishop. I just found out. My heart goes out to you both and of course my thoughts are with the family. Love all of you so much.
    Ms.Martha and Ms. Marie

  3. Cathy Peck

    Bishop and I worked in the same clinic at Fort Belvoir in the early 70s. He as a thorough professional with the clients but his rebellion against the military was subtle; he wore brown shoes instead of black; he forgot? his cover any chance he could; he golfed when he should have been working. He was a great teacher, always teaching about one medical matter to another to me who knew nothing about medicine. He was patient, forgiving, and good-natured. We socialized together and he taught us Minnesotans to eat oysters on the half shell, to drink margaritas that numbed our lips and noses before we even had a sip, to go to clubs with performers from the South – a whole new experience. When it is very quiet, my mind goes back to his marvelous voice with the Norfolk drawl. He was so proud of his little girl. We both went back to our roots, our familiar home areas to live, but I have treasured that period of life that was at times so challenging and frightening because of Bishop, the young captain that taught me not to be so serious but always curious. Thank you for giving him such a good life. I know he was happy and that he had gone on to serve many patients and to raise a fine family of whom he inordinately proud. We have all been enriched by him.

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