Tributes Pour In For Dentist Killed In Ski Accident

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Tributes have been pouring in for a dentist who died after sustaining critical injuries in a ski accident.

David English, from Norwich, was skiing in Vercorin, Switzerland, when he fell in a ravine during an off-piste ski session. The 65 year old was taken to hospital in Sion in a helicopter but died on the 11th February, one day after the fall. Dr English was wearing a helmet at the time, but his injuries were too severe.

Dr English leaves behind a wife and three children. He had run his own dental clinic in Norwich for over 30 years and was incredibly popular and well-respected.

Coroner Jacqueline Lake opened an inquest into his death on Wednesday 26th February.

Speaking about his father, Oliver English, said that he was always smiling and seemed to get on with everyone he met. He was a very interesting person who was always eager to learn about and try new things and he had a wide range of hobbies, from listening to music to cycling. Dr English also taught skiing in Norfolk for many years.

Mrs Heather English, who worked alongside her husband as practice manager, said that he also enjoyed playing bass in a couple of bands.

Dr English had been skiing for more than 20 years and was considered an experienced skier. He was born in Harrogate and moved down to Great Yarmouth, opening his first dental practice in St Augustine’s Street in 1980. Dr English was an influential dentist who was a member of several organisations and associations.

Robert Loades, a friend and ski instructor, described Dr English as “a very life-full kind of guy.”

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