A COMMUNITY has paid tribute following the sudden death of a well-known retired Furness dental surgeon.

Gordon Thistlethwaite, who ran a dental surgery in Ulverston for much of his long career as a dentist, died on May 19 following an accident at his home in Ireleth, Askam.

Mr Thistlethwaite, 79, grew up and lived most of his life in Ulverston, attending Lightburn School, Victoria High and Ulverston Grammar School before studying for his dental degree at Glasgow University, graduating in the late 1960s.

He and wife of 28 years, former Advertiser and Mail columnist Louise Allonby, 56, had lived in Ireleth for the past 20 years.

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The community took to social media to share their memories of the 'great man'.

Janette Bartlam said: "Very sad news I always loved seeing Gordon and his infectious smile and sense of humour and his love for life. Sending big hugs to Louise and his family."

Adele Warren said: "So sad to hear the news about Gordon. I have a lot of fond memories from when we worked together. Sending lots of love to all his family."

Tracy Garnett said: "Sad news but he had a great life. I worked for him in 1982 he was always joking around."

Vixen1 said: "So sad to hear the passing of Mr T - he knew my deep fear of dentists & he was the most gentle dentist.

"Thank you Mr T for all you did for me. True gentleman, kind, good sense of humour & wonderful stories of life. Rest in Peace Mr T.

"Classical music will always have a special reminder. Sincere sympathies & deepest condolences to Mr T's family."

Lifelong friend, retired Ulverston pharmacist Ashley Hewitt, described Mr Thistlethwaite as 'always such fun to be around, with a plethora of jokes and an irrepressible, boyish sense of humour.'