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Tributes following death of long serving Doncaster doctor

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Tributes have been paid following the death of one of Doncaster’s longest serving doctors.

Dr Edward Huckett, known to friends and colleagues as Ted, died last month, aged 82 and during his career, served as a GP at Kingthorne Group Practice on King’s Road, Doncaster, for 32 years until his retirement in 1991.

Dr Huckett, who lived in Edenthorpe with his wife Ann, was actually born at the surgery he later went on to work at, his dad Arthur opening the building in 1926.

Current Kingthorne GP Dr Martin Coleman, who worked alongside Dr Huckett at the start of his career, said: “Ted was very big on the practice and used to describe it as the goose that laid the golden egg.

“He was a very big and scary looking man but he was very, very caring and would always tell people to call him and speak to him if they were poorly and they should never worry about bothering him.”

Dr Huckett’s father began practising in Doncaster in 1919 and then designed and arranged for the building of the current surgery on the corner of King’s Road and Thorne Road, opening the building in 1926.

His son was born in an upstairs room, now an office, with a plaque commemorating the birth.

After attending school in Wakefield, he underwent medical training in Edinburgh and followed his national service, followed his father into the medical profession, returning to Doncaster as a GP at the surgery in 1959.

He spent 32 years there as a doctor, before finally hanging up his stethoscope in 1991.

Added Dr Coleman: “He was very much a man of routines. It was surgery, visits, lunch, surgery and then high tea every single day without fail.”

Following his retirement, he was a volunteer guide at the The Old Rectory in Epworth, the birthplace of John Wesley, founder of the Methodist movement, was also a keen gardener and supporter of Doncaster Rovers and the Dons rugby league team.

Said Dr Coleman: “He enjoyed a very long and happy retirement. He was a very nice fella - and always did his best for people and tried hard and was a real pillar of the community throughout his life.”

He leaves a wife Ann, three children Rachel, Joanne and Stephen and four grandchildren.

His funeral takes place on Thursday at Rose Hill Crematorium from 2pm.

 

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