Hundreds pay their respects to much-loved Dr Weddell

By Tristan Harris 07/03 Updated: 07/03 13:54

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MORE THAN 400 friends, family and former patients of Dr David Weddell attended his funeral yesterday (Tuesday) to pay their last respects to the popular GP.

The doctor's family paid tribute to him and gave readings in a moving ceremony at St Andrew's Church, Barnt Green, which was packed to overflowing.

Dr Weddell, who was born in Barking, Essex, in 1953, always wanted to be a doctor and moved to Birmingham to study medicine, graduating in 1976.

After first he worked as a locum GP and was then a partner at the Hilltop Surgery in Northfield, before setting up the practice in Rubery.

He was also a police surgeon with West Mercia Police for more than 25 years.

After first living in Selly Oak and Northfield, Dr Weddell settled in Barnt Green where he made many friends and was an active member of the social club.

Among his interests were spending time with his family, music, model railways, snooker and gardening.

Every year he undertook a walking trip to raise funds for charities, including the Meningitis Trust and Breakthrough Breast Cancer, which many of his patients gave generously to.

As well as being passionate about his work, Dr Weddell always took an interest in his patients' lives.

The nature of his single GP practice enabled him to build up close relationships with individual people and even generations of the same family, meaning he became a friend, as well as a doctor to many.

He was greatly-loved and respected by many and was well-known for being down to earth, never formal or 'stuffy', and having a good sense of humour.

He was also always ready to fight for the benefit of his patients, especially if he felt they had not been well-served by the system.

Dr Weddell, who died on February 18 at the age of 58, is survived by his wife Jane, five children and two grandchildren.

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