TRIBUTES have been paid to a doctor who treated patients in Ilkeston for over 40 years after he died aged 85.
Dr Ranchor Lalloo, better known as Joe, had been in hospital for two months with a long term chest problem.
He returned to his Shipley View home two weeks before he died on February 1, so he could spend time with his family.
His long term partner, June Harrison said: “He was a lovely man who had a very interesting life.
“He was immensely proud of his four children – David, Naomi, Fiona and Janine – who will all miss him terribly.”
Born to Indian parents, Dr Lalloo first came to England in 1960 from his native South Africa to study medicine in Bristol.
Ms Harrison said: “Joe decided he wanted to be a doctor when he was only ten-years-old.
“But he was South African born to Indian parents living in the country at the time of Apartheid.
“I remember him telling me that when he was a child he went to a park where he was living in South Africa and there was a bench with a sign on saying ‘Whites Only’.
“It’s hard to believe that things were like that.
“Because of the way things were he could not get the right education and so came to England.”
But Dr Lalloo still faced prejudice when he arrived in Bristol to attend university.
Ms Harrison said: “Even when Joe first arrived in England he experienced racism.
“That’s how things were then. He went to the home of a couple in Bristol who took in students with a friend to enquire about renting a room.
“The lady told his friend yes and him no.”
After qualifying Dr Lalloo became a partner at Dr Durai’s surgery on Nottingham Road.
Following Dr Durai’s retirement, Dr Lalloo set up his own practice at his home Orchard House also on Nottingham Road.
After more than 40 years diagnosing the aches, pains and illnesses of the people of Ilkeston, Dr Lalloo retired 17 years ago.
After his retirement his surgery was taken over by Dr Adams, who then opened a new practice on Cavendish Road.
Dr Lalloo spent his retirement travelling with Ms Harrison, including a trip to India.
Ms Harrison said: “He loved India, it was where his parents came from and he enjoyed being there.”
As an active member of the community Dr Lalloo was involved in the Rotary club and was often fundraising for various charities.
He also dedicated time to being a governor at Bennerley College.