TRIBUTES have been paid to a dedicated GP who died last week.
Dr Sue Crabbe was a senior partner at the Almhouse Surgery and Sandal Castle Medical Centre before she retired in November 2008. She died last Tuesday aged 58 at her home in Chapelthorpe after a long illness.
Dr Crabbe was born in Liverpool but moved to Wakefield when she was 11, where she attended Wakefield Girls’ High School.
She became interested in joining the medical profession while studying for her A-levels, and went to medical school at Sheffield University, qualifying in 1976.
She took on a series of junior doctor jobs, including one in San Francisco before she heard of a locum job being advertised at Almshouse Surgery in 1982.
Her brother Ross Crabbe, 56, of Newmillerdam, said: “Sue only expected to stay for a short time but she grew to love it and never left.”
Dr Crabbe, who had been married to husband David Morgan since 1992, retired in 2008. She was club doctor for her beloved Sandal Rugby Club and regularly travelled away with the team.
Mr Crabbe said: “Over the years she stitched up a lot of people in her own time, and continued to show her support for the team after she fell ill.
“It’s difficult to put into words what she was like. She was equally fun-loving and passionate for her job, she gave her all to it.”
Dr Andrew Power, senior partner at The Almshouse Surgery and Sandal Castle Medical Centre, said: “She was very dedicated and helped to build up the practice.
“She was very caring and always put her patients first. We’ve had a lot of messages from patients offering their condolences. She was very much missed when she retired and impossible to replace. We will miss her greatly.”
A funeral will be held today.