Tributes have been paid to a "legendary doctor" who "touched and saved so many lives" from East Durham as mourners lined the streets to pay their respects.

The funeral of Dr Joseph Chandy from Horden, who died aged 82, took place on January 12 at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church on Westway, Peterlee.  

Dr Chandy died aged 82, and was a GP at his local surgery for 45 years where he became well-known in the community as well as globally for his research and treatment of B12 deficiency.

The Northern Echo: Dr Joseph Chandy.Dr Joseph Chandy. (Image: GOFFY MEDIA)

Dr Chandy is survived by his wife Alphonse, six grandchildren and his children Paul, Leanne as well as Joseph Jr who paid tribute to his father's life.  

Joseph said: "The lovely people of Horden lined a procession walk past his surgery with the Horden Miners Banner being specially brought out in his honour.

"The funeral following was a true celebration of his life and we did not expect mourners turn up in such vast numbers.

"It is clear that he touched and saved so many lives -  not just in his immediate community but all around the world.

The Northern Echo: The funeral procession.The funeral procession. (Image: GOFFY MEDIA)


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"Even the health centres where he worked people have dropped in cards, letters, flowers and condolence messages.

"We are hugely proud as it shows what a people's champion he was during his life. Dr Chandy always told his patients he was born to serve - he changed peoples lives and their mindsets and this was clear from the often deep outpouring.

"We would like to thank everyone who attended and paid their respects."