Updated: Friday, December 27 2013, 07:09 PM EST
Retirement parties can be bitter-sweet affairs. That was certainly the case recently when current and former patients gathered to celebrate our Person of the Week. As News 13's Larry Blunt found out, it was for a man who has truly lived up to his name, Doctor Love.
New life born in the season of hope. Delivered less than 24 hours ago to a family with happiness and love. But for more than 7,000 babies born at Park Ridge Health, Love also has a title.
Doctor David Love is retiring after 42 years of delivering babies and saving lives. In a gathering for former patients., he's being treated for a condition called gratitude. Patients and staff will tell you David Love has been more than a physician. He's been a trusted friend.
Over four decades, he made a life-changing impact on thousands, even while dealing with his own great personal tragedy. His wife and youngest daughter were killed in an accident. His second wife died of cancer.
Even though he's retiring, Dr. David love will never be far away. Afterall, to him they were never really patients. They were family. The playcenter for children at Park Ridge Health is named after Doctor Love. As for retirement, he says his wife Nita is a quilt maker, so he'll be going to a lot of quilt shows.