Tributes after death of popular Burnley family doctor

Dr Dharam Tripathi
Dr Dharam Tripathi

A respected retired family doctor has died at the age of 81.

Dr Dharam Tripathi was a well-known GP in Burnley where he worked for 30 years, the vast majority of which was at the St Nicholas Health Centre in Saunder Bank.

Born in the north Indian city of Kanpur, Dr Tripathi arrived in England in 1967 and worked first as a trainee in Warwick before coming to Burnley in 1972 where he served as a registrar in psychiatry at Burnley General Hospital.

In 1975 he moved into general practice when he took up a position at St Nicholas Health Centre where he was to remain until he retired in 2001.

Even then, the tireless and devoted doctor continued to work as a locum until 2005.

His daughter-in-law Mrs Niru Tripathi told the Express of his love for the job and his patients.

She said: “He was a very caring man who looked after his patients very well. He loved his work and was very dedicated – even when he was semi-retired he was working 12 hours a day.

“He was a gentleman and very popular with colleagues and patients. Outside of work he enjoyed walking, supporting lots of charities and spending time with his family.”

Dr Tripathi had been married to Vinod Bala who died in 2009 and the couple had four children and 10 grandchildren.

He was also a member of the British International Doctors’ Association for which he would organise local meetings.

Mrs Tripathi added: “The nurses caring for my father-in-law commented how he had cared for their families over the years. He was so well-known in Burnley and must have helped generations of families. He will be sadly missed by his family, colleagues and patients and by the charities he supported.”

His funeral will be held at Burnley Crematorium on Friday, May 3rd, at 11-20am.