TRIBUTES have been paid to a much-loved husband and father who helped hundreds of patients during 20 years at Stamford Hospital.
Howard Redding, 58, of High Street, Thurlby, died of cancer on Sunday only two days after being admitted to Peterborough City Hospital.
Mr Redding was the associate specialist in the minor injuries unit at Stamford Hospital and was well known around Stamford.
His wife Jean, 59, paid tribute to him.
She said: “He was a lovely man and a gentleman right to the end. We have been reeling in shock, as everybody else has.
“I have been overwhelmed with people who are very shocked by the news. So many people I don’t know have been ringing up in tears.”
Mr Redding was born in London and met Jean while they were both working at the Royal Marsden cancer centre in Surrey.
The couple married 30 years ago last week and have two children, Ian, 29, and Nikki, 26. Nikki has followed her parents into the medical profession and is now a junior doctor.
Mrs Redding said: “We had a very happy marriage. We adored him and he adored us. We are definitely a very close family.”
“An awful lot of people knew him. I certainly know now that he was an extremely popular man.”
Mr Redding was often featured in the Mercury and last year was nominated for our Stamford Hospital Public Recognition Award.
He had not shown any symptoms of cancer before he was admitted to Peterborough City Hospital on Friday. Mrs Reddingt has nothing but praise for the hospital staff.
She said: “It wouldn’t have mattered where he was in the world, he could not have had better medical or nursing care than he got from his GP and from Peterborough City Hospital, from the moment he stepped through the door.”
Mr Redding’s funeral will take place at 11.30am on Thursday next week at the Peterborough Crematorium. Mrs Redding has suggested donations be made to Stamford Hospital.
Jon Culverhouse was one of many Howard treated over the years. He said: “His passing is a sad event for the hospital and for the town - he was a highly skilled and talented doctor, to whom many Stamfordians will have had reason to be sincerely grateful.
“Mr Redding was unfailingly helpful, practical and efficient. He will be greatly missed.”