TRIBUTES have been paid to a “very remarkable and humble” man who treated thousands of patients at his physiotherapy clinic.
Louis Gifford died on February 9 from prostate cancer. He was 60.
He ran Falmouth Physiotherapy Clinic at Swanpool with his wife, Philippa Tindle, for 26 years.
He was well known on the international lecture circuit as a pioneer in pain science and management, and an author, teacher and a double fellow of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.
Mrs Tindle described her husband as a “very remarkable and humble human”, and said she received messages from physiotherapists around the world whom he had taught, and from patients.
Mr Gifford’s sons, Jake and Ralph, described him as a “good friend and fishing hero”.
His widow said: “He didn’t want us to miss him. He wanted us to look forward and enjoy every minute of every day.
“He touched a lot of people’s lives. People who really did not know him have writtenme saying how he made a difference. He was just one of the good guys. I want to thank the community for all their support over the last 26 years.”
She also said the clinic remained open.
A private cremation was followed by an open gathering at Gylly Beach Café.
“The café was brilliant but they probably exceeded their maximum capacity – it was rammed,” said Mrs Tindle.
The clinic has more than 10,000 patients on its register. The couple took it over from his parents, Vernon and Jean Gifford, who started the business in 1971.
One patient, who asked not to be named, said: “He was a true inspiration and advocate for living life to the full and I have many fond memories of his infectious positivity.”
Another patient, Angela, wrote on Mrs Tindle’s internet blog: “He will forever live on in my memory as an exceptionally gifted, yet down-to-earth kind of guy and I came to regard him as a friend.
“Nothing seemed too much trouble – he was always on hand with bucketfuls of encouragement and good advice.
“A lovely, kind, human being and such a sad loss.”
Mr Gifford, of Swanpool, was an ambassador for the disease from which he suffered for seven years, and spoke on behalf of Prostate Cancer UK on the radio and supported its campaigns. In the past six months he has written another four books about physiotherapy, which his widow plans to publish in the spring.