Tributes paid to long-serving Sheffield GP

George Pagdin
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Tributes have been paid to a former GP who served thousands of patients in a Sheffield community for decades.

Dr George Pagdin died last month at the age of 88 following a battle against Alzheimer’s, after being the local GP for Hackenthorpe for most of his working life.

Around 250 people attended a thanksgiving service for Dr Pagdin at Our Lady of Lourdes Church on Springwater Avenue earlier this month.

Dr Pagdin has left his body for medical science and made a request for it to be given to the Sheffield Medical Faculty.

He was born on August 18, 1926 in Sheffield, first living with parents George and Ada on Violet Bank Road, Nether Edge. He attended Abbey Lane School and High Storrs, going on to study medicine at the University of Sheffield.

After qualifying in 1951, he went on to do National Service and became a member of The Royal Army Medical Corp.

He was stationed in Malaya and Singapore for two years as an army medic and also acted as GP to military families. Dr Pagdin went on to work at Sheffield Children’s Hospital and Sheffield Royal Infirmary, going on to work as an assistant locum to a GP in the Yorkshire Dales.

He married Joan Cullabine in February 1955, with the pair going to have three children and eventually five grandchildren. One month after getting married, Dr Pagdin became a partner in a new surgery opening at Greenside in Hackenthorpe village.

In 1970, Dr Pagdin moved to be a partner in a new practice on Main Street, Hackenthorpe. He retired in 1988, aged 62.

He was also a keen artist and played the viola, being part of Hackenthorpe’s Rainbow Orchestra in the 1960s.

His daughter Judith Baker said the thanksgiving service had been ‘a fitting end for a good man who had a good life that he lived well’. She said: “He was quite eccentric in many ways and lots of people have very funny stories to tell. One of my schoolfriends remembers being woken up by him blowing a bugle. He was definitely an individual and did do funny things.”