TOOR: Dr Karamjit Singh
Died 20 November 2007, aged 64: Ophthalmic consultant Karamjit Singh Toor, who died just months before he planned to retire, came to Wakefield in 1978. Before that he had worked in other parts of the UK after travelling from the Jallander district of the Punjab in 1968. His funeral at Wakefield Crematorium was attended by about 500 people. His son-in-law, Iqbal Singh Sekhon, read at the ceremony: "It is fair to say that all those friends who studied and worked with him have described him as a brilliant student and a highly respected and regarded professional in his field of medicine.”
Born in 1943, he spent his early years training as a doctor at Amritsar University, India, before travelling to England to continue his training. Dr Toor, who had been an ophthalmic consultant for 40 years, was well-known in the district after working at Clayton Hospital, Wakefield, and also running clinics in Pontefract. His wife, Satinderjit Kaur Toor, travelled from India to marry him and the couple, who had been wed for 35 years, had lived at their home in Sandal ever since. Dr Toor enjoyed good health for most of his life but fell ill with stomach pains and was taken to Bradford Royal Infirmary. He died from pancreatitis, aged 64.