HEARTFELT tributes have poured in to “one of the most loved GPs in Southend”, who spent 40 years caring for the community.

Dr Paul Moss, founder of North Shoebury Surgery, passed away on Thursday after caring for generations of families.

The 65-year-old, from Thorpe Bay, was known for dedicating his life to both his career and patients, who’ve been left heartbroken.

Jackie Garo-Falides, a close friend for more than 40 years, said Mr Moss was “the most loyal, discreet, honest and genuine person” she has ever had the privilege of knowing.


The 70-year-old, from Westcliff, said: “My husband Dr Basil Garo-Falides and Paul were colleagues and very good friends

“He started the surgery from a portable building, I would say about 40 years ago.

“Paul was an amazing person, brilliant to his patients, kind, compassionate and nothing was too much trouble. He would do anything for you.

“He has been a huge support and comfort to me this past year since my husband passed, and he has been the only reason I have come back to Southend to spend time with him.”

Mrs Garo-Falides’ daughters Victoria, 40, and Jo, 43, added: “We are devastated and wish he could see the kind words everyone is saying about him. He always made us laugh at his genius whacky ways and take on life.

“Dr Moss was a very special, shining example of a doctor and friend. He would do anything for you and will always be remembered with love and respect by all his patients and loved ones.

“He always knew he was loved and valued by my late, dearly beloved father Dr Basil Garofalides. Two immeasurable, iconic and treasured doctors who will never be forgotten.”

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Devastated patient Anne Eaton said Dr Moss had been her family doctor for the last 38 years.

The 67-year-old from Shoebury, said: “I registered my family with doctor Moss way back. His lovely mum was his receptionist.

“He was the most caring, hard working and professional doctor we have ever had.

“If he was presented with something he wasn’t sure of he would refer to one of the medical books he had in his surgery - real old school.

“RIP Dr Moss, it was an honour to have known you.”


Larissa Reynolds, from Shoebury, had been under the care of Mr Moss her whole life - even from birth.

The 35-year-old added: “He was always such an amazing doctor, thorough and always with the patients best interests at heart.

“He will be missed by many.”

At this stage, it is unclear of the cause of Dr Moss’ death.

José Garcia Lobera, chair at Southend Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “We are deeply saddened to learn of the death of Dr Moss, whose loss will be deeply felt by his staff, fellow clinicians and the wider community.

“The wellbeing of staff and loved ones is our main focus and we know that our community will respect their right to grieve.”