Compassionate doctor will be missed
REKNOWNED as one of Grafton's most caring and respected doctors, Dr Otto Gutauskas' death is one that will be deeply felt.
Best known to his patients as a sensitive and compassionate practitioner, Dr Gutauskas filled many roles throughout his life; as father, husband, family man, academic, and artist.
One of his sons, Roger, said Dr Gutauskas was a man who was passionate about the people who's lives he touched.
"Probably the thing that really strikes me about my father is that he was always looking to create beauty, to discover the beauty in all and everything he saw," he said.
"Something Otto was really quite shy about, and what few people are aware of, was his artistic side ... the house is full of his oil and watercolour paintings, his sketches and etchings, his woodcarvings and his stained glass cre- ations. In his work, he was an old-fashioned doctor and really cared about his patients ? he had a heart of gold. When one of his patients passed over you could tell he was deeply upset."
Dr Gutauskas worked as a general practitioner at Duke Street Clinic in Grafton for five years.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral tomorrow at St Mary's Catho- lic Church, Grafton, 1.30pm.