Doctor who came from a village with no running water

A GP who rose from humble beginnings in India and ran a practice in West Vale has died aged 74.

Dr Partha Sen died at his home in Paphos, Cyprus, and his funeral took place at Park Wood, Elland.

His widow, Barbara, paid tribute to her husband, whom she married in 1971.

She said: “He was hard-working, a good husband and father and I will miss him very much.

“I was his full-time carer for the last 18 months but I didn’t mind.

“I have had a lot of support with cards and letters and people came to the funeral whom I hadn’t seen for 20 years.”

Dr Sen was born in the village of Kola, near Calcutta, and lived in primitive conditions with no running water or electricity.

He used to study under a paraffin lamp and was the first to leave his village to further his education. He trained in Calcutta and finished his qualifications in the UK.

The couple met while he was working in Hull and they later moved to Elland.

He ran his surgery in West Vale from the 1980s until retiring aged 65.

The couple then moved to Cyprus but retained a base in Huddersfield where they returned to escape the summer heat every year.

Dr Sen suffered a stroke 18 months ago and also endured a triple heart by-pass.

His health problems had left him with with mobility problems.

He also leaves two children, Jonarthon and Robin, and grandchildren Asha and Arlo.