A family has paid tribute to a former GP, describing him as an adoring husband and father who loved his job, the town and cricket.
Dr Kailash Sarda, who worked in Sudbury for more than 30 years, most recently at the Meadow Lane Surgery, died in hospital on June 29 having been treated for a number of conditions.
Dr Sarda’s wife, Ann, said she was “devastated” at his death and expressed her shock.
Although Dr Sarda had been unwell – suffering from heart problems and osteoporosis – the family expected the 76-year-old to recover.
“We were all expecting him back,” said Mrs Sarda. “It was a shock.”
Dr Sarda’s daughter, Asha, described her father as a “loved man” and a respected doctor.
“Everybody said what a brilliant family doctor he was,” she said.
“They said he took a lot of time and said how much he cared about his patients.”
Miss Sarda said her father lived for his work and said it upset him a great deal when he retired in 2000.
“He lived for his job,” she said. “He didn’t know what to do when he retired.”
Outside of his medical work, Dr Sarda found solace in antiques, reading, stamp collecting and travelling, but most of all enjoyed combining his first two loves –family and cricket.
A doting father, he would take his four children to the cricket fields opposite his home in Friars Street to watch Sudbury play.
“He loved Sudbury,” said Mrs Sarda. “It was still a very small market town when we first came.”
Dr Sarda and his wife first met when he was studying at Trinity College in Dublin.
Born in Tanzania, Dr Sarda was schooled in India before coming to the UK to do his A-levels in 1961, moving to Sudbury in 1972 for work.
Dr Sarda leaves his wife, Ann, four children – Risha, Gita, Ravi and Asha – and three grandchildren, Clayton, Amelia and Hugo.
His funeral will take place at West Suffolk Crematorium tomorrow at 2.15pm. It is open to everyone and will be followed by a private ceremony.