THE funeral takes place on Monday of a dedicated GP who died of cancer aged 53.
Dr Roger Brown worked for 23 years at the Northolme Practice which operates from the Northowram Surgery and Kos Clinic, Hipperholme.
His colleague Dr Alex Ross said his death after a short illness had hit the community hard.
“We have had many patients saying how sorry they were to hear of his death and how important he was to them,” said Dr Ross.
“He was dedicated, and always put the practice first rather than personal interests and was always willing to do a bit extra for people.
“He was the lynchpin of this practice and always ready with a joke.
“Everybody here feels flat and upset.”
Dr Brown was known for his charity work and his fitness.
He had run numerous marathons for good causes.
He was interested in sports medicine and the training of junior doctors.
Since 2002 he had been the club doctor at Bradford Bulls RLFC and before that was at Halifax RLFC.
He leaves his wife, Sue, a son and two step-children.
His funeral is at St John’s Church, Coley, at noon, followed by cremation at Park Wood, Elland.