Tributes paid to ‘dedicated’ Eastbourne GP

Dedicated GP Dr Nicholas Robert Sargant passed away at home on March 17. SUS-160330-144952001
Dedicated GP Dr Nicholas Robert Sargant passed away at home on March 17. SUS-160330-144952001

Tributes have been paid to a former Eastbourne GP who died unexpectedly earlier this month.

Dr Nicholas Sargant, who worked at the Grove Road Surgery for more than 30 years, died aged 69 at his home on March 17.

A popular and hardworking GP, Dr Sargant worked in Eastbourne from 1977 until his retirement in 2007.

Dr Luke Verghese, a long-time colleague of Dr Sargant, paid tribute to his friend. He said, “He was a kind and gentle man, soft-spoken, dedicated, always willing to help others and an avid armchair sportsman who was proud of the sporting achievements of his sons.

“He was very knowledgeable with a phenomenal memory and interesting anecdotes. He was loved and admired by his family, colleagues, staff and patients.

“He will be greatly missed but never forgotten.”

Born in Hove, Dr Sargant studied medicine at Charing Cross Medical School where he qualified as a doctor in 1971.

He moved to Eastbourne in 1977 after taking a job at the White House Surgery, later moving to the Grove Road Surgery.

He is survived by his wife Avril, his three sons, Nicholas, Nigel and Thomas, and his grandchildren Charlotte, George, Noah, Imogen and Evelyn.

A funeral service will be held at St Mary’s Church in Willingdon at 12.30pm on Wednesday, April 6.

The service will be followed by refreshments at The Chalk Farm Hotel from 1.30pm.

His family ask not to send flowers but instead to make a donation to either the Dogs Trust or the Wildlife Ambulance in memory of Dr Sargant’s love of dogs and walking the South Downs.

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