As some of you are aware, two years ago I re-connected with my former wife, Ruth, and she moved in with me in October last year.
In January she was diagnosed with cancer for the second time, and after an operation and chemotherapy treatment she seemed to be making a good recovery. So much so that we were able to go to the TT together on the bike in June, when she was feeling better than she had for a long time.
Unfortunately, the symptoms came back with a vengeance in July, and despite three weeks of daily treatment, and then resuming chemo, there was no stopping it.
Ruth went into hospital on Friday of last week, and on Wednesday she was declared terminal with no more than a few days to live. I have been more or less a fixture at the hospital since last Friday, during which last minute attempts to re-marry failed as by then she was too ill to respond to the Chaplain.
Ruth passed away at 6:30 am yesterday, 4th September. Had we remained married, next Tuesday would have been our 25th wedding anniversary, but we never got to “celebrate” it.
I know she will not be familiar to all DOC members, but many of the longer term members will know Ruth well from years past. All I would ask for is a little prayer for Ruth before you go to bed tonight.
Very sadly yours
Dave Knight (Spaggy)