OT is sad to report the death of former practice owner Dennis Igoe (pictured), who died earlier this month (19 September). He practised optometry in Manchester for over 40 years and trained many pre-reg students over the years.
Mr Igoe started his long optical career with the Co-op Opticians in Manchester and qualified as an optometrist in 1950.
He moved to York with the company before returning to Manchester in 1952 to open his first practice in Moston.
In 1958 Mr Igoe attained supervisor status from the British Optical Association and from then on regularly employed a pre-registration student in his practice.
During his many years in the profession, Mr Igoe also worked at the then Hope Hospital, Salford, Manchester Royal Eye Hospital and Bolton Royal Infirmary, as well as Booth Hall Children’s Hospital. He was an active member of the Northern Optical Society and on various local optical committees.
Mr Igoe retired from practice in 1999 to spend more time with his family and to indulge his second passion, vintage motorcycles.