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BC doctor killed in Bahamas was well-respected, delivered many babies: mayor

CHETWYND (NEWS1130) – A BC doctor who was stabbed to death in the Bahamas is being remembered as a family patriarch and a man who made many medical contributions in the province.

A relative says 88-year-old Geoffrey Harding was killed Thursday when he refused to give money to a handyman.

The relative, who asked not to be identified, says island police have arrested a suspect. Two of the man’s daughters and their husbands have flown south for his cremation later this week.

The relative last saw Harding surrounded by loved ones at a Christmas reunion and says he helped build the first medical clinic in Chetwynd, a tiny community in BC’s northeast.

Chetwynd Mayor Merlin Nichols says Harding was well-respected and delivered many babies in the town before he left two decades ago to work in the Vancouver area.

He says Harding spent much of his winters at a home in the Bahamas and returned to Chetwynd during the summer, where he was often seen relaxing by the lake.