Tributes pour in for retired Taunton dentist killed in a crash in New Zealand

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Tributes have poured in for a dentist from Taunton who was killed in a crash in New Zealand.

Paul Ledger relocated to New Zealand eighteen years ago, having worked in Somerset for several years. Sadly, Paul, 80, was killed when his car hit a structure made from bricks on State Highway One in Marlborough on November 20th. Paul had only retired three weeks earlier and was looking forward to spending more time with his wife, Hiroma.

Paul decided to retire from his Taunton practice in 2000 and arrived in New Zealand with nothing but a rucksack and some cash in his pocket. He started work as a locum in Golden Bay and soon became the owner and principal dentist at the Golden Bay Dental Centre. Paul and his wife, Hiroma, also ran a backpackers’ hostel and a taxi service, and he was very active, even as he approached retirement.

Paul was described by his friend, Margaret Maloney, as a man that always put others first and somebody who had accomplished a huge amount during his life. Paul’s former colleague, Nicki Moyle also said that he was an “amazing community man” and added that the entire town was grieving after receiving the tragic news.

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