TRIBUTES have been paid to a “dedicated” and “inspirational” GP from Findon who has died aged 86.
Dr Peter Martin was a senior partner at the Lime Tree Surgery in Findon Valley until he retired in 1991, after more than 35 years as a doctor.
Father-of-five Dr Martin was born in Newcastle in June, 1924, and married his wife Gunborg in 1980.
His son, James, said: “My father was a dedicated general practitioner, who loved the countryside, classical music and nature. He was much loved by his wife, family and friends and will be very sadly missed.”
Dr Martin spent time in the Navy as a cadet and then second mate until the end of the Second World War, when he left to train as a doctor at Guy’s Hospital in London.
He then moved to become a GP in Worthing and later was the driving force behind establishing a doctors surgery in Findon Valley.
Together with Dr Edwin Cameron, who died in 2008 aged 61, Dr Martin opened the Lime Tree Avenue surgery.
Dr David Mannings, a partner at the surgery, said: “Dr Martin was the inspiration behind the Lime Tree Surgery.
“He was always a very highly-regarded doctor and, together with Dr Cameron, was one of last great old-style general practitioners.”
Dr Martin’s funeral will be held at Worthing Crematorium tomorrow (Friday, January 12) at 2pm.
The family invites anyone who wishes to pay their respects to make memorial gifts to Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice, rather than sending flowers.