Farewell to Hethersett doctor who saved lives and helped change others

Hethersett Dr Tony Press, launching a baby resuscitation dvd at Hethersett in 2004 Photo: Adrian

Hethersett Dr Tony Press, launching a baby resuscitation dvd at Hethersett in 2004 Photo: Adrian Judd EDP pics © 2006(01603) 772434 - Credit: Archant © 2004

He was a pillar of the community who spent his life in the service of others.

And now scores of people have bid a fond farewell to Dr Tony Press, from Hethersett, who died on May 26 aged 61.

At his funeral at Wymondham Catholic Church on Monday, Dr Press was praised for his lifelong commitment to medicine, the community of Hethersett and people throughout Norfolk.

Dr Press was chairman of the Norfolk Accident Rescue Service (NARS) for many years.

His son, Dr Christopher Press, also member of NARS, paid tribute to his father at the funeral, saying that over the years he had: 'saved many lives and enhanced the quality of many others.'

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Dr Press was the senior partner at Hethersett Surgery for more than 25 years before his retirement several years ago.

A statement from the practice's said: 'He continued to provide medical services to Norfolk Accident Rescue Service and worked part-time within general practice.

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'Our thoughts are with his wife and family'.

As a member of NARS, he was regularly called out at all times of night and day to administer emergency first-aid to road accident victims.

Dr Press was an integral part of Hethersett's village life and was musical director of the Hethersett Pantomime Group for 20 years.

He was also an active member of Wymondham Catholic Church, where he played the organ.

Dr Press was also an instructor and examiner for the British Association for Immediate Care which runs pre-hospital care courses accredited by the Royal College Of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

His care work also included being part of the medical team at Snetterton Race Circuit, as well as covering other major public events.

Dr Press was buried in St Remigius Churchyard, Hethersett.

Do you have a story about somebody who has made an impact in your community? Email stuart.anderson@archant.co.uk

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