Former Maitland doctor Paul Moffitt passed away week, aged 95.
A Citizen of the Year nominee in 2018, Dr Moffitt worked for many years at the Royal Newcastle Hospital unit as a diabetic specialist until he reached retirement age, and then set up his private practice in Newcastle where he worked for a further 13 years.
At the age of 92, he even published a book on his life experiences called My Way in 2016.
"He was a very charismatic man," his daughter-in-law Sue Moffitt said. "He was a wonderful teacher as well as doctor. He was an assistant professor at Newcastle University teaching the medical students there.
"He believed very strongly in educating his patients ... things like diet and so on, he'd teach them things they could do to help manage their condition.
"It led to a huge drop of diabetic admissions to hospitals."
Born in Sydney, Dr Moffitt's first practice was in Cessnock and after a stint overseas in England, he returned to Newcastle.
"His work was very important to him, and he loved the family farm at Hinton too," Ms Moffitt said.
Dr Moffitt led the Anzac Day march at Morpeth on several occasions, served in World War II in Darwin as a radio decoder and was awarded the Australia Medal in 1992.
He is survived by his wife Mireille, three sons and their families.
The funeral will be held next Saturday at 11am at Pettigrew Funerals, 444 Pacific Highway, Belmont at 11am.