A dentist who ran his own family practice in Accrington for nearly half a century has died following a short illness.
Gerald Lawson, of Royds Avenue, had run the dental surgery on Avenue Parade since 1961 and continued working there until last Christmas. He was 76.
Since 1986, the grandfather-of-four worked alongside his daughter Gillian, who he leaves along with wife Carmel, son Gordon, son-in-law Philip and daughter-in-law Susan.
Known as Gerry, Mr Lawson served in the Royal Navy for three years and was a former president and district officer of Accrington Rotary Club – which he continued to support in later life. He also served on the Local Dental Committee.
He loved holidaying in Europe and the USA and going on cruises, as well as staying with his son in Hereford, where he would often visit the cathedral.
Daughter Gillian works under her maiden name and will be keeping the family practice name going.
She said: "It was very nice working alongside my father; it worked really well. He really enjoyed his work and was enthusiastic about his dentistry. We have had a lot of tributes, messages and cards from his patients, who we are really grateful to."
Malcolm Baldwin, secretary of Accrington Rotary Club, said: "Gerry was a very active member in Rotary and always supported our events and helped out with charity events.
"He was such a gentleman and was such a pleasure to know.
"We saw him at Christmas and he was doing really well and responding well to treatment and then everything went downhill."
He added: "His daughter Gillian is in the Church and Oswaldtwistle Rotary and quite a number of Rotarians went to the funeral, including our president Jane Wadsworth. He is sadly missed and our heartfelt thoughts go to Carmel and their family."
A funeral service was conducted by Canon Michael Ratcliffe, at St Paul’s Church, Oswaldtwistle, on Monday (March 1), followed by cremation at Accrington.