Tributes paid to cancer victim Liam Thompson whose funeral will be held in Broughton on Wednesday February 27
TRIBUTES have been paid by the wife and family of bone cancer sufferer Liam Thompson following his death.
The 23-year-old from Broughton died less than four months after his dream wedding.
Speaking to the Scunthorpe Telegraph, his wife Alice, 21, said: "Liam will be happy now he's at peace and pain free. He couldn't go a day without pain relief and he was getting fed up.
"I'm going to miss him. All the time he's been poorly you try to prepare for it, but it doesn't make it any easier. He told me he just wanted me to be happy. The time we had left with each other after getting married just flew by."
He had been diagnosed with osteosarcoma – an aggressive form of bone cancer – in August 2011 and he and his partner Alice brought forward their plans to marry after his health deteriorated.
They married on October 21 at St Hybald's Church, Scawby, in a wedding made possible by the generosity of local businesses and Scunthorpe Telegraph readers.
But his condition worsened and he was taken into Lindsey Lodge Hospice on February 4. On Valentine's Day, Liam gave Alice a card he had written along with a flower, but in the afternoon, his condition worsened. He died at around 12.45pm the following day, surrounded by Alice and their families.
At the start of November, Liam had been told there was nothing more doctors could do and he was given two months to live.
"He said it wasn't going to stop him," said Alice. "He said he wanted to outlive that time and he did.
"I will miss him being cheeky. He was a cheeky chappy.
"I'd like to say a big thank you to everybody who has sent messages, cards and flowers."
Liam's sister Hayley Thompson paid tribute to her brother on Facebook, saying: "You have been so brave since you became poorly – am so proud to call you my brother."
And Liam's dad Kevin Thompson wrote: "So proud of you son, what a fighter. I will love you for ever."
Alice's mum, Suzanne Gravel, said: "The staff at Lindsey Lodge Hospice made his last week nice and bearable for him."
Her dad Kelvin Gravel said: "I've never known anybody keep their spirits up like he did."
Liam's mother, Michelle Wraith, said: "Liam – so proud to call you my son. I will miss you every day."
Liam's funeral will be held on Wednesday, February 27 at 1pm at St Mary's Church, Broughton. A public service will be followed by a burial for close family only. The family has asked donations be made to Lindsey Lodge Hospice in lieu of flowers and that mourners wear football shirts or bright colours.
READERS and businesses who helped make the dream wedding possible have paid tribute to Liam.
The Reverend David Eames, who married the couple at St Hybald’s Church, Scawby, said: “I’m really sorry to hear about Liam’s death. I feel immensely privileged to know him and Alice, even if only for a short time.” From our very first meeting the thing that struck me about Liam was the twinkle in his eye, that showed someone who enjoyed life.
“Despite the pain and suffering of his illness and treatment, Liam wanted to make the most of the time he had left, and in particular he wanted to demonstrate his love for and commitment to Alice.
“Even when they could have had the most extravagant wedding, thanks to the generosity of the community, all they really wanted was a simple service so they could declare their love for each other.
“That same love gave them the strength to face together the difficult journey they were on. My thoughts and prayers, and those of my churches, are with Alice and all of Liam’s family and friends at this difficult time.”
Gez Reilly, of Scunthorpe’s Wortley House Hotel, who offered the venue for the reception, said: “It was a honour and privilege to look after a such a brave young couple on their special day.”
“To go through so much at a young age with such bravery and maturity was remarkable. “My thoughts are with both Alice and Liam’s family and friends.”
Peter Hewes, Luke Drewery and John Dave, of Know Media in Scunthorpe, who did the couple’s wedding photography, said: “Liam was brave, courageous and fought his battle with pride right through the end. He was a pleasure to meet and somebody we will never forget. His attitude towards life was inspirational and he taught us so many things just by being Liam.
“Liam was a true inspiration, knowing everything he and his family had been through, it was incredible and so uplifting to see them so happy on his wedding day.
“I’m sure anybody who was close to Liam felt privileged to know him. Our thoughts go out to his family in this difficult time.”
Keith and Pauline Chidwick, who donated a classic car for the wedding, said: “We wish we had met Liam sooner because we got on so well. Alice has been great looking after him and has done everything she can. Let’s hope she can carry on in the future.”
Francesca Rhodes, of Oasis Hair Design in Brigg, said: “Our sincere condolences from all the girls at Oasis Hair Design, may Alice find the strength from her memories to help her through these difficult times. Rest in peace Liam, a true fighter.”
Pam Clements,correct of Bride at Joan Antony in Scunthorpe, who provided the wedding dress, said: “Our thoughts go out to Alice and all Liam’s family.” It is very sad news. We are only thankful that we could help make their dream come true.”
Stuart McWilliam, of Days Menswear in Barton provided Liam’s suit. He said: “It was an honour ato have met Liam and to have been involved in helping to make his and Alice’s wedding day extra special for them. In the short space of time that we knew Liam, we realised that he was an incredible character, as, despite his illness, he always met us with a ready smile, and a laugh and a joke.
“Liam and Alice, and their incredible families, were and will remain an inspiration to us all, and made us all appreciate that we should cherish what time we have with our loved ones, and really helped to put our own lives into perspective.
“Our thoughts of course, are with Alice, and Liam’s family at such a sad time, and we can only hope that the small part that we played in their lives, has helped to create some treasured memories of a very special young man.”
Debbie Holden, of Scented Soaps in Doncaster, who provided gifts on the day, said: “We send our thoughts and prayers to Alice.”
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