Mourners fill St Anne's Church in Chapeltown for funeral of 'fearless' doctor Ian James

Mourners fill church for 'fearless' doctor's funeral

Dr James’s classic Ford Granada leads the funeral procession

Dr Ian James

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MOURNERS filled St Anne’s Church in Chapeltown to pay their respects to a “fearless” and “determined” GP who died while climbing a Scottish mountain.

Friends, relatives and former colleagues of Dr Ian James attended his funeral yesterday, after his sudden death on April 30 at the age of 64.

A lover of classical music and the countryside, Dr James died when he suffered a heart attack climbing Ben Challum.

His cherished blue 1975 Mk1 Ford Granada GXL led the funeral procession.

In a reading titled “Thoughts of Ian”, Dr James’ brother, Glen, said: “Ian had a fearlessness that made him the ideal companion if you were in a tight spot.

“He was a kind, determined and hard-working man. He would not want us to grieve about him, rather he would want us to remember him in our hearts.”

Mr James added that his brother had been trying to climb all the Scottish Munros — mountains over 3,000ft — when he died and that the family would complete the challenge on his behalf.

Born in London, Dr James settled with his family in Chapeltown Road, Edgworth, to become a senior partner at Spring House Surgery in Chorley Old Road.

He leaves his wife, Stephanie, and sons, Glen and Alastair.

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6:30pm Fri 16 May 14

bleedingobvious says...

God Bless my Doctor James, I could not have had wished for a better GP and a nicer man.MARK.
God Bless my Doctor James, I could not have had wished for a better GP and a nicer man.MARK. bleedingobvious
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8:12pm Fri 16 May 14

OriginalAngryDad says...

So sad, given that Dr James had fought back so hard after his terrible head injury a few years ago.
He was a family friend and a thoroughly decent bloke.

Goodbye, sir.
So sad, given that Dr James had fought back so hard after his terrible head injury a few years ago. He was a family friend and a thoroughly decent bloke. Goodbye, sir. OriginalAngryDad
  • Score: 8

10:58am Sun 18 May 14

brian jones says...

He was a great doctor, and a decent chap.
He was a great doctor, and a decent chap. brian jones
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10:07am Tue 20 May 14

malcandnancy@aol.com says...

Doctor James was a brick. He was a caring well loved GP who was looked up to by many patients, He will be sadly missed and it is especially sad because he fought back after his accident . He was a true gentleman and well respected. He will be a hard act to follow and he will always be remembered. He was our GP for over 30 years.
Doctor James was a brick. He was a caring well loved GP who was looked up to by many patients, He will be sadly missed and it is especially sad because he fought back after his accident . He was a true gentleman and well respected. He will be a hard act to follow and he will always be remembered. He was our GP for over 30 years. malcandnancy@aol.com
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