Tributes pour in for doctor David

The Mayor of Tomorden Coun Richard White presents a long service award to Dr David Ryland at Todmorden Health Centre, Halifax Road, Todmorden

The Mayor of Tomorden Coun Richard White presents a long service award to Dr David Ryland at Todmorden Health Centre, Halifax Road, Todmorden

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TRIBUTES have been pouring in for a long-serving doctor who treated patients in Todmorden for more than three decades.

Dr David Ryland, who was a GP at Todmorden Group Practice from 1978 until 2009, died on July 24 from an uncommon form of liver cancer at the age of 67.

Dr Ryland was a much-liked figure in the community, having treated several generations of families over the years.

He qualified in 1967 and began his 42-year career in Kingston-upon-Thames before moving up to Todmorden.

Earlier this year, he was presented with a certificate of appreciation by Todmorden Town Council, acknowledging his contribution to the benefit of the community of Todmorden.

Speaking at the time, he said he was very surprised and very grateful.

“Being a GP is the best job in the world and to do it in a town like this with such a great community spirit is a privilege,” he said.

“The community spirit and neighbourliness here is something that you don’t get in bigger cities.

“Todmorden folk are the salt of the earth.”

Todmorden town councillor David O’Neill, who knew Dr Ryland for more than 40 years, said he always had a keen interest in what was happening in town.

“He was the sort of person who if I went to see him at the clinic, we would speak for one minute about the illness and nine minutes about what was happening in Todmorden,” Coun O’Neill said.

“He was a very helpful and supportive man.”

John Fountain, of Fellside, Todmorden, has called for a lasting tribute to Dr Ryland.

“Very many people in Todmorden had great respect for him and benefitted from the professional but very human way he treated his patients,” Mr Fountain said.

“He worked in the new health centre just prior to his retirement. What about naming it the David Ryland Centre as a lasting tribute to him?”

Dr Ryland’s funeral will be held on Thursday, August 2, at St Mary’s Church, Todmorden, at 1.45pm, followed by a cremation in Burnley.

A spokeswoman for Warburton’s Funeral Directors said: “We have been inundated with inquiries, which we would expect for a chap who has put so much into the community.”