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BMJ. 2007 April 28; 334(7599): 907.
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Don Bosco Fernandez

Bosco was born in a little village called Kuttapully in the south of India on 30 May 1935. The family moved to Madras to settle where they had their business and he and his four sisters were educated. Bosco was at high school in St Mary's, Madras, and went on to do his medical studies at Madras Medical College. He was captain of the boxing team and hockey goalkeeper for Madras University. He was a keen tennis and badminton player. He qualified in 1960 and started to do his postgraduate studies. He met Cecilia and got married in 1963 in St Mary's Cathedral, Madras. They moved to Coimbatore in 1963, and he started working in Coimbatore General Hospital. They moved back to Madras in 1964 when they had their first son, Ravi. Bosco started to work in Port Trust Hospital, where he worked till 1972, by which time they had their other three sons, Rajan, Ranjit, and Roshan, born in 1965, 1967, and 1968.

Bosco came to the United Kingdom in November 1972 for higher studies. He worked in Ashington and then Darlington. Cecilia and the boys joined him in November 1973, and they lived in Darlington till June 1974. Bosco and family moved to Scotland in June 1974. Bosco worked at Stracathro Hospital from 1974 to 1977. During part of 1977 he also worked at Arbroath Infirmary for a short time. From 1977 to 1983 he worked at Sunnyside Hospital, before going into general practice with Dr Dally in Edzell. The family moved to Edzell from Montrose and started to live in 21 High Street in 1984. When Dr Dally retired in 1985, Bosco became the general practitioner for Edzell and started practising full time from the surgery attached to the back of the house. Cecilia became his practice manager, and they worked together till November 1999 when Bosco retired. They continued to live in Edzell, spending time with the family enjoying their 10 grandchildren and their many friends.

Bosco was the past president of the Rotary Club. He was the vice president of the Probus Club of Brechin this year and due to take over as president in June 2007. He was a member of EVIS. He played golf whenever time permitted from his busy schedule. He was a keen gardener with a special interest in bonsai, nurturing a bonsai tree which he brought from India 22 years ago.

Bosco loved this village and the surrounding countryside and enjoyed many wonderful years with his family in this area. He leaves his beloved wife, Cecilia; four sons and daughters in law; and seven grandsons and three granddaughters.


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