A MUCH-RESPECTED village doctor has died after a long career.
Dr John Standring, 80, spent more than 30 years as a GP working in Kirkburton, establishing a reputation as a caring, committed man.
And following his retirement from the village health centre in 1989, he began a long association with the new Kirkwood Hospice.
In all he spent almost 20 years working with staff and patients at the Albany Road hospice.
Dr Standring was born in Rawtenstall and completed his degree in medicine at Manchester University in 1953.
Following his National Service he married Joan and the couple moved to Kirkburton where Dr Standring joined Dr Stephens and his daughter Joan at the health centre.
He soon became a partner and remained there until 1989.
Away from work he was also a committed and caring individual. He was president of the Kirklees Sports Association for the Disabled and was an active participant in sports activities such as swimming and table-tennis. He also accompanied wheelchair athletes from the Huddersfield area to events at the Stoke Mandeville Centre.
Dr Standring also worked with the ACROSS Trust, which ran ambulance trips to Lourdes with seriously-ill people.
In his personal life he loved the outdoors and was a great walker and hiker.
He took up running in his 60s and completed several London Marathons as well as marathons in Venice, Amsterdam and Paris.
Dr Standring was also a keen sailor, learning in dinghies and graduating to his own yacht in the Scottish Isles.
He was also a music buff, visiting opera houses in Vienna and Prague.
He leaves a widow, three children Philip, Rachel and Martin, and three grandchildren.
A funeral service takes place at 11.30am on Thursday at St Joseph’s RC Church, Aspley.