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Obituary: Billy Naidoo - Osteopath who excelled

11 May 2014 - 02:03 By Santham Pillay

Lutchman "Billy" Naidoo, who died in the UK two weeks ago, was an aristocratic gentleman filled with passion for his work.

1926 -2014

Speaking on behalf of the family, Naidoo's brother-in-law, Seiko Naidu, said the osteopath would be sorely missed.

In London, Naidoo was vice-patron of the British School of Osteopathy. The patron is Princess Anne.

Naidoo, 89, died in his Brompton Square home in London on April 24. His funeral was in the UK on Friday.

He was the brother of the late nightclub owner Pumpy, restaurateur Vengtas and journalist Bobby.

A Durbanite by birth, Naidoo was sent to London by their father, Srunvasaloo Munsamy, to study when he turned 18.

Naidoo took up the challenge of adapting to a new country and completed his education at the British School of Osteopathy.

Naidu described his brother-in-law as well respected and "thoroughly an Englishman".

"He was always well respected, and why not? He was outstanding in his field. To go off and achieve everything he did while all alone proves what type of man he was."

He said that Naidoo was very close to his son, Luc, with whom he spent a great deal of time.

"Luc was really all he had and it showed in their interaction."