MURWILLUMBAH lost one of its greats last week.
Lyle Burgoyne, midwife and founder of Kenya Health, died of pancreatic cancer at the weekend.
Northern NSW Local Health District executive director Bernadette Loughnane said it was a terrible loss.
"I wish to acknowledge the contribution Lyle made as a midwifery nurse working in the women's care unit at Murwillumbah Hospital," she said.
Lyle began his training as a general and midwifery nurse in 1975 at the Gold Coast Hospital in Southport.
He later studied paediatric training at the Princess Margaret Hospital in Perth before starting work with Murwillumbah Hospital in 1981.
"During this time, he worked as a midwife in the women's care unit before taking a position as a caseload midwife with the Tweed Valley Birthing Service at Murwil- lumbah Hospital, where he found working as a midwife brought him his greatest job satisfaction," Ms Loughnane said.
"For those who had the privilege of working with him say he was never happier than when he had a baby in his arms.
"He will be remembered as a man of great integrity, a passionate nurse and midwife and a loyal friend who always had time for everyone."
His funeral was held at the Seven Day Adventist Church on Friday.