SHARMA: Santosh

Died 15 April 2007, aged 68

The following tribute was published by the Wakefield Express on 25 April 2007:

A WELL-known and respected surgeon has died at Pinderfields Hospital where he spent 30 years in practice, after a six-month battle with cancer. During the final weeks of his life Santosh Sharma, of Lime Crescent, Sandal, made an emotional trip to his native India, where he said a final farewell to family and friends. He died on April 15, age 68. He was born in Karachi in 1938, the youngest child of four children – one sister and three brothers. As a child he was forced to move with his family from his home city to Delhi during the partition of India in 1947 – a journey that took four months.

His older brothers, Ram and Jagdish, told how the journey changed a mischievous boy into a highly responsible youth. The family later moved north to Punjab when the young Santosh’s father secured a government post and it was there that he, his brothers and sister, completed their education. Mr Sharma qualified in medicine in 1966 and in the same year came to Britain where he continued his studies at Liverpool University while working, before study at Glasgow, Dublin and finally Edinburgh, where he qualified as a surgeon. He married Dr Saroj Sharma in 1972. She also qualified in medicine at the same medical college as Mr Sharma in the Punjab. The couple first settled in Burnley where their son Vinay was born. Mr Sharma moved to Wakefield 30 years ago and he was appointed consultant ophthalmic surgeon at Pinderfields Hospital in March 1977. He joined Wakefield Chantry Rotary Club and became president from 1994 to 1995. The funeral service was held at Wakefield Crematorium and was attended by almost 300 people.

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