Much-loved family doctor Ruban Prasad has banned tears from his funeral next week, urging relatives, friends and former patients to celebrate his life, not mourn him.
The 72-year-old, who lost a brave fight against a chest condition last week, left instructions that his passing should not be a sombre affair.
He very much wanted to be celebrated, not mournedKatherine Hazlewood
“He very much wanted to be celebrated, not mourned,” said daughter Katherine Hazlewood.
“So we are holding a celebration at the Leyland Hotel for anyone who wants to come along. After that there will be a private committal for family and close friends.”
Dr Prasad spent more than 30 years in general practice at the Lostock Hall Medical Centre before retiring in 2008. He became a respected figure in the community and was also a leading light at Leyland Golf Club where he played right up to two days before he was admitted to the Royal Preston Hospital.
“He loved his golf and everyone there seemed to love him,” said Katherine. “They lowered the flag at the club as a sign of the respect they had for him. But he was incredibly well-known and well-loved as a GP in Lostock Hall.
“He touched the lives of so many different people and made a great contribution in so many different ways. He was a lot more than a doctor, he was a friend to a lot of people. He provided a lot of comfort to his patients at different times of their lives.
“He was diagnosed last summer, but he was still in relatively good health. To be honest he was expecting a few years really, not less than one.”
Dr Prasad was born in India and trained as a doctor in his home country before coming to the UK in 1968. He had a number of hospital posts around England and Wales before settling into general practice in 1978.
Ellen Price, who worked as a receptionist for Dr Prasad at his Lostock Hall surgery for more than 20 years, paid tribute to him as “a wonderful man.”
“He was an absolute gentleman and a really good boss,” she said. “He was a genuinely nice guy.
“The patients got on with him really well and many of them thought the world of him.
“The practice was like a family and he treated everyone like they were members of his family. He will be sadly missed by many, many people.”
The celebration of Dr Prasad’s life will be held at the Best Western Leyland Hotel in Leyland Way on Wednesday April 8 at 12.30pm.