Former Blackpool doctor dies in his sleep at 96

Dr George Dale, pictured last year, who has died at the age of 96
Dr George Dale, pictured last year, who has died at the age of 96
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A retired Blackpool GP died peacefully at home in his sleep, his family said.

Dr George Dale, who lent his name to the Abbey-Dale Medical Centre in Common Edge Road, Marton, was 96.

“George will be greatly missed by his loving family and many friends,” an announcement in The Gazette said today.

A funeral service will be held at Lytham Crematorium, in Regent Avenue, from 12.30pm on Tuesday.

Dr Dale started practising in 1951, working from a practice in Glastonbury Avenue, and later as a clinical assistant in the dermatology department. He retired as a GP in 1983.

In 1994, he opened Abbey-Dale – started from scratch in ‘85 in a converted shop by his son-in-law Dr Ghulan Abbas – in a purpose-built building.

One of its longest-standard patients, Dr Dale returned last September to officially open again it after a major revamp that saw it expand. He died on Wednesday, November 21.

Donations in his memory may be made to the Trinity Hospice in Low Moor Road, Bispham.