Former Illingworth GP dies aged 67

Dr Mitchell, an avid sailor, pictured in 2010 sailing to Gran Canaria from Southampton.
Dr Mitchell, an avid sailor, pictured in 2010 sailing to Gran Canaria from Southampton.

A doctor who worked as a GP in Illingworth for many years has died.

Dr Barry Mitchell died aged 67 on February 13 after a long illness.

After growing up in Halifax - and attending Whitehill Primary School and Heath Grammar School, Dr Mitchell trained in medicine in Leeds before returning to work at Illingworth General Medical Practice, on Whitehill Road.

By 1985 he was a senior partner and oversaw the development of a new surgery at Keighley Road where he worked until 1987.

He and his wife Robyn then build and ran Woodfield Grange Nursing Home in Illingworth before moving away.

They had a brief stay in South Wales before moving to south where Dr Mitchell worked as a locum.

In 1999, they moved back up north, to Newton-with-Scales, Lancashire, when Dr Mitchell was appointed medical officer at Preston Prison - a position he left when he had a stroke in 2001.

The couple moved to Kirkham, with Dr Mitchell continuing to work as a locum doctor until 2006 and also serving a term as town councillor for Kirkham Town Council.

Dr Mitchell was a keen sailor, wrote and published two novels and travelled extensively to destinations including New Zealand, South Africa, USA, Canada, South America and Sri Lanka.

He also leaves children Emma and James and grandchildren Isabella, Chloe and Jorgia.

His funeral will be held at Park Wood Crematorium in Elland on February 26 at noon.