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Tributes to devoted Blackburn GP Anthony Devine
TRIBUTES have been paid to a 'devoted' dad-of-seven and a popular GP who has died.
Dr Anthony Devine worked at Redlam Surgery in Blackburn for 10 years. He died in Royal Blackburn Hospital after a short illness.
The surgery has been inundated with cards, flowers and tributes since his death.
Born in Oldham, Dr Devine was described as a ‘brilliant’ man who lead an exuberant life which he filled with so many of his passions, like, cooking, astrology and music, He met his second wife, Katsuko, in Canada in the 1990s, while he was working as a doctor and she was travelling on a special Japan visa.
They married in 1993, moved to Clitheroe and had two children, Hannah, 20 and Francis,18.
He had five children from a previous marriage and remained father to Siobhan, Aidan, Gemma, Liam and Gervais.
Mrs Devine said: “We had so much fun together. He was very funny and we were always joking around at home.
“He was such a gentle and soft man. In all our years of marriage, he never raised his voice to me.
“I think his patients liked him a lot because of his compassion. He really did care about his patients and he would worry about them if they were in hospital.”
His daughter, Hannah, who is studying history and English literature at the University of York, described her upbringing as one of fun, laughter, music and books.
Instead of flowers, the Devine family have collected money to make a donation to Clitheroe Library.
Family, friends, staff and patients attended his funeral at Accrington Crematorium last Thursday.
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