Tributes paid to long serving town doctor

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The family of a dedicated doctor who treated patients in Ilkeston and Kirk Hallam for more than 30 years have spoken to the Advertiser folllowing his death last week.

Donald Sinclair died on April 2 aged 92. His wife Betty, 86, said her husband’s life was ‘all about his patients.’

She added: “Donald was a kind man and he really enjoyed his work.

“He retired 25 years ago but he didn’t want to stop.”

The couple, who were married for 63 years, moved to Ilkeston from Glasgow in the 1950s and had four sons, Iain, Alasdair, Roddy and Donald.

Dr Sinclair started as a GP at a surgery on the Market Place before building a surgery at his family home in Kirk Hallam.

Mrs Sinclair said: “There would be people ringing the bell at all hours but Donald didn’t mind.

“He was a real family doctor, there for people when they needed him and he was very calm.”

His son, Donald, added: “Wherever we went when we were younger people would stop dad to speak to him.

“I remember twins in a pub once asked me if I was his son and then told me that he delivered them.”

Dr Sinclair’s funeral takes place at Bramcote Crematorium on Friday April 19 at 2.45pm.