Funeral for Feilding GP
The funeral of a Feilding GP who died suddenly will be held on Saturday.
Dr Julian Paul James-Ashburner, one of three GPs at the Ruahine Medical Centre, died in Palmerston North Hospital on Thursday.
Palmerston North police area commander Inspector Pat Handcock said Dr James-Ashburner was found in a car in Takapari Rd in Pohangina on Waitangi Day.
He was airlifted to Palmerston North Hospital where he died the next day.
Dr James-Ashburner’s death had been referred to the coroner.
Mr Handcock said it was not being treated as suspicious.
Fairfax Media sub-editor and former Manawatu Standard reporter John Myers was a patient of Dr James-Ashburner since the GP moved to Feilding about six years ago.
‘‘Julian was one of those GPs who you could talk to eye to eye about anything.
‘‘He was my kind of GP. He was a very nice guy and very well liked in the community. He was always there for you.’’
An immigrant from Britain, Dr James-Ashburner was a GP in Reefton for many years.
Staff at Ruahine Medical Centre declined to comment yesterday.
Dr James-Ashburner is survived by his wife, Angel, and daughter Hannah.
Saturday’s funeral service will be held at the Central Baptist Church in Palmerston North at 9.30am.