A courageous patient who was married at his hospital bedside just days after being diagnosed with terminal cancer has died.
Keith Marriott, 62, and Liz Murray, 58, of Bolsover, tied the knot on March 13 at Chesterfield Royal Hospital but Keith lost his battle with renal cancer just over two weeks later on March 31 at Ashgate Hospice.
Care manager Liz said: “Keith was a brave and popular man. When he was seriously ill he was always polite and gracious and handled everything with great dignity. I’m devastated and will miss him so much but we’ve had some great memories together that I’ll treasure forever.”
Engineer and draftsman Keith was a passionate Chesterfield Spire Cycle Club member and played hockey for Chesterfield and England and used to run Marriott Cycle Shop in Chesterfield. He was also a Peak Performers Dog Club member.
Liz added: “Keith made me very happy. When we met I just knew he was right for me. I feel very lucky to have been with him. I think people can search a lifetime for that special relationship and we had it.”
A funeral service is to take place at Brimington Methodist Church, from 2.30pm, on April 17, followed by committal at Brimington Crematorium and a reception at The White Swan pub, near Chesterfield’s Crooked Spire Church. Keith also leaves a brother David.
Donations will go to Arthritis Care and the Carers Trust Crossroads charity. Liz thanked family, friends and colleagues for their support. She aims to campaign and fundraise for more support for those dealing with cancer bereavement.