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NRI popular British dentist passes away

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."

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