TRIBUTES have been paid to a loving father who last week lost his second battle with leukaemia.
In April, Andrew Welsh celebrated his 40th birthday – deemed a big milestone by his family as he was in remission having undergone six months of chemotherapy.
But in July this year Andrew learned the disease had returned.He was taken to Yeovil District Hospital on Friday, September 11 but died nine days later after tests showed that he had contracted pneumonia.
A funeral service will be held tomorrow at St Mary's Church in Stoke-sub-Hamdon, where he lived with his fiancee and partner of 15 years, Sarah Arscott. A cavalcade of motorcyclists will ride alongside the funeral procession, including Mr Welsh's brother Lee, who will ride Mr Welsh's beloved Suzuki.
Mr Welsh, a polisher for Tetrapak in Sherborne, was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia in January last year after he discovered growths on his throat. In June he began chemotherapy and had his last treatment just before Christmas.
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