Tributes paid to popular doctor Joe Greenan, 87

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A Scarborough doctor who was a founder trustee of St Catherine’s Hospice has died aged 87.

Dr Joe Greenan, originally from Newry, County Down, Northern Ireland, was the youngest of five boys and followed his older brother into a career in medicine.

After graduating, he worked as a junior doctor in hospitals in Dublin and Newry, developing an interest in anaesthesia.

He came to England, working in Darlington, and then Selly Oak Hospital, Birmingham where he met his future wife Jean.

He married Jean two years later, and was conscripted for national service in the RAF, where he practised as an anaesthetist, attaining the rank of Squadron Leader.

After the RAF, he went to Manchester Royal Infirmary moving to Scarborough as a consultant anaesthetist in 1961, where he remained until his retirement,

Jean said: “He enjoyed his work in Scarborough, and took a great interest in keeping up to date with new developments in anaesthesia, including the introduction of epidural anaesthesia in childbirth.

“He took a special interest in dental anaesthesia and sedation, and was a founding member of the Association of Dental Anaesthetists.

“Joe was an outgoing character and was an enthusiastic participant in the Scarborough Hospital Christmas revues, held annually in the old outpatients department; many still recall the sketches, monologues, and songs with enjoyment.

“The shows were very popular, and included a wide variety of participants from among the hospital staff.”

She added that her husband has been described as “truly a life-enhancer, not just a life-saver”.

A devout Roman Catholic, Joe took a great interest in the community in which he lived. He was a founder trustee of St Catherine’s Hospice and a founder member of the Scalby Village Trust where he served as chairman, and later president.

Joe and Jean have four daughters and a son; two followed in Joe’s footsteps as a career and now two of his twelve grandchildren have gone on to study medicine.