Mourners farewell popular Grafton doctor Carel van Gend after his funeral service at Christ Church Cathedral yesterday.
Mourners farewell popular Grafton doctor Carel van Gend after his funeral service at Christ Church Cathedral yesterday.

Mourners farewell Dr Carel



Carel van Gend had an unquenchable thirst for knowledge, a 'phenomenal' intellect and a passion for reading, mourners at his funeral in Grafton were told yesterday.

Dr van Gend, who had practised medicine in Grafton for 27 years, died at the weekend after a long battle with cancer. He was 72.

A packed congregation at Christ Church Cathedral were told of a man who, until his dying days, loved mental stimulation.

His children told of an explorer, a man of compassion, a designer, a renovator and someone who loved to experiment. He was someone who believed if there was an available space, he needed to fill it.

He had a fascination for life and unquenchable enthusiasm.

Each of his three children gave eulogies at the service, his grandchildren gave prayers of thanks and members of Grafton Rotary provided a guard of honour.



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