A tribute bySteve Wickham
My Dad always said "don't let let the buggers get you down". These were never just words and even when the worst happened, even when diagnosed with this uncompromising illness in spite of a lifetime spent training to be as fit and healthy as possible, he always remained true to this code. Through six years of treatment, heartache and frustration at having so nearly escaped it's grip, my Dad never once gave up and even when the end came, it was just as it should have been, on his terms and when he was ready (it is amazing how far love and mind over matter can take you!). So, Dad, the buggers never got you down and they won't get us down either. You will always be an inspiration to us all and in case you are wondering, yes, your grandkids do see you when the sun is shining or when there are treats and lovely jubbly on the table! Love you always, Steve, Lou, Olive and Jack xxxx.