Tribute to Scunthorpe steelworker Frank Robbins who died months after bone marrow transplant
A FAMILY has paid tribute to a Scunthorpe steelworker who has died months after a life-saving bone marrow transplant from his younger brother.
Frank Robbins, 51, of Abbotts Road in Scunthorpe, died from leukaemia on February 7 at Nottingham City Hospital.
He was diagnosed with leukaemia in December 2011. Having had only a one-in-four-chance of finding a suitable donor in his family, Frank had been amazed to discover all three of his brothers were a match.
Rose Robbins, 73, Frank's mother, said: "He was a proud bloke and he was very brave.
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"He was a wonderful son and nobody could take his place.
"He had no regrets. He was a fighter.
"Frank loved spending time with his family. He liked going to the pub with his friends and socialising.
"He loved motorcycling and he owned a Yamaha bike. He was a fun guy."
Mr Robbins was born in Scunthorpe in 1961 at Brumby Wood Lane maternity ward. He attended Westcliff Infants and then South Leys Comprehensive School.
After leaving school at 18, he went to work for British Steel as a crane driver on the heavy section mill.
Following this, he went to work on the Bloom and Billet Mill in Scunthorpe.
Mr Robbins went to work as a ladler on the BOS plant in 2005/2006 – where his father had previously worked.
Mr Robbins was also a member of the Malt Shovel in Scunthorpe and he used to watch bands there.
Daughter Kirsty Robbins, 26, said: "We got to tell him everything we wanted to tell him.
"I could not ask for a better dad."
Mr Robbins and his daughters took a holiday to Scarborough at the end of August last year. The family spent Christmas together and Mr Robbins was able to return home.
His other daughter, Vicky Robbins, 24, said her dad had a good sense of humour. She said: "He did not take life too seriously."
Now Vicky is looking to get married in 2016.
She said: "I showed dad the dress and I took a picture and put it in the coffin."
Mr Robbins is survived by his mum Rose, daughters Vicky and Kirsty, his brothers Chris, 50, Gary, 48, Robert, 47, and sister Sheila, 49.
His funeral took place on February 20 at Woodlands Crematorium, Scunthorpe.
Vicky added: "I am glad I picked there, as dad would have liked it."
The family has received more than £400 in donations, which will go towards the Anthony Nolan Trust.
Anyone wishing to donate should visit www.justgiving.com/ frank-Robbins1