LONDON, January 10 2005
Anil Bakshi, a Derby-based dentist of Indian origin who
became popular for his many acts of generosity and kindness,
has passed away. He was 62.
Bakshi, who was born in India and moved to Derby in 1976
after working in Kenya and Scotland, died last week following
a prolonged fight against diabetes and gastric illness.
A former president of the Rotary Club of South Derbyshire,
Bakshi was an active fund-raiser who worked hard to help
the Hindu, Sikh and Muslim communities in Derby.
Bakshi's wife, Jogindra, 56, said: "Anil started the
Cavendish surgery on his own. He was very proud of it and
he became well known in Derby. It is still a family-run
business now, and Anil inspired Trishan, his son, to become
a dentist too."
Complications from diabetes in 2003 resulted in one leg
of Bakshi getting amputated and a prosthetic limb attached
in place. But Bakshi's son, Vikram, 30, said that his father
soon adapted and was able to walk within a few months.
Bakshi's work in the community saw him befriend Derby South
MP Margaret Beckett, who visited him in hospital.
Beckett said: "Everybody who knew Anil had both great
respect and great affection for him. He was a much-loved
friend and will be sorely missed."