Updated at 3.10pm: Hundreds of people, including Government officials, on Wednesday morning paid their last respects to a general practitioner who died of Sars almost two weeks ago. Nose and throat specialist Thomas Cheung Sik-hin, 58, died on May 31 after contracting severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars). He ran a private clinic in Yau Ma Tai, where he had been taking care of patients with the virus. It was believed that he caught the disease from one of his Sars patients. Dr Cheung was a keen violinist and picture of him playing in a performance with the Hong Kong Medical Association's orchestra was placed at the centre of the alter which was also decorated with white flowers. The funeral was held at Hong Kong Funeral Home in North Point. Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa and a number of Government officials bowed in respect to the deceased doctor. Legislator Lo Wing-lok, also a friend of Dr Cheung, described him as a dedicated and likeable man. 'He has been helping deaf children in his spare time for the past 20 years, Dr Lo said,' Last night, those children came and sang here. Those were the most wonderful songs in the world.' Dr Cheung was the third doctor to die of Sars after 56-year-old Lau Tai-kwan, who was also a general practitioner and Joanna Tse Yuen-man, 35, of Tuen Mun Hospital. Dr Cheung was admitted to hospital on April 24, according to the Department of Health. The department has traced 148 people who had contact with him, including patients and family members. None has showed symptoms so far. The doctor's body was cremated at Cape Collinson Crematorium in Wan Chai. Unlike public hospital medical workers killed by the disease, Dr Cheung was not buried at Gallant Garden with full honours.