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Dr Anthony Whyte: Brilliant Cambridge academic and loving father

Dr Anthony Whyte studied at Queen's University Belfast

A Belfast-born pathologist who died suddenly at his home in England has been remembered as a brilliant academic and loving father.

Dr Anthony Whyte (67), whose funeral took place yesterday, was a fellow of the University of Cambridge and lectured there for many years.

Most recently he was teaching and demonstrating at the university's Department of Pathology.

He had also published research in many academic journals.

From Sunningdale Park North off the Ballysillan Road in north Belfast, Dr Whyte attended St Malachy's College and Queen's University where he studied medicine.

He continued his education at the University of Cambridge where his field of study was pathology and immunology and he held a Doctorate in Science.

His father Patrick (96), who left Northern Ireland in the 1960s, said his son had a brilliant mind but was very unassuming.

"He was highly thought of in his profession and was very good at his job," he said.

"He used to enjoy going back to Northern Ireland, walking in the Mournes, and was very fond of Castleward."

Dr Whyte's daughter Antonia also paid an emotional tribute online, saying his death had come as a "complete shock" to the family and that although the pain was "unbearable" it had given her the strength to make him proud.

"My dad is the most intelligent person I ever had the pleasure of knowing... I will forever be in awe of your knowledge, intelligence and your loving, humorous nature," she said.

"He loved helping and inspiring his students and continuing his research in his fields of study. He has written many academic journals which have been cited over 1,500 times, and will continue to be cited for years to come."

Antonia has set up a GoFundMe account with the aim of raising £3,000 for the Alzheimer's Society - a charity close to her dad and the family after his mother passed away from the disease.

Dr Whyte died on October 27 and is survived by his wife Lin, children Antonia and Jonathan, dad Patrick and four brothers.

He was predeceased by his mother Teresa and sister Margaret.

Photographs chronicling Dr Whyte's life, compiled by a family member, were put on display after the funeral service in Cambridge yesterday.

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