'Til death us do part

A CANCER sufferer married his sweetheart of 10 years just three days before he died. Weston General Hospital nurse Linda Luckhurst has paid tribute to her husband Peter Jowitt who she says was a 'strong, honest and kind' man. The couple said their vows s

A CANCER sufferer married his sweetheart of 10 years just three days before he died.Weston General Hospital nurse Linda Luckhurst has paid tribute to her husband Peter Jowitt who she says was a 'strong, honest and kind' man.The couple said their vows surrounded by close friends and family at a ceremony at Weston Hospicecare's HQ, Jackson-Barstow House in Uphill, on September 27.Linda, aged 59 and 72-year-old Peter, a keen golfer, lived in Redcliffe Street, Cheddar, and had originally planned to get married next year.But the former newspaper advertising manager, who died on September 30, was so ill with terminal cancer they made the decision on September 26 to tie the knot the following day in the lounge at the hospice in Thornbury Road. Friends, family and staff organised beautiful bouquets of pink, green and bronze flowers, a congratulations banner and a wedding breakfast of champagne, finger food and a cake.Linda, a mother-of-two, said: "Peter and I met some years ago and my family immediately liked him because he was such a nice guy. "We had planned to get married when I turn 60 and retire from work."But then we were told the cancer was incurable and Peter got weaker."I went to see the registrar last week and we planned the wedding for Saturday. "But when I got back to the hospice the doctor was with Peter and he was very unwell and we decided to bring the wedding forward. The registrar said we could get married the following morning."I stayed the night at the hospice after our marriage and from then on. The staff were wonderful, even making us a wedding breakfast the following morning."Peter was extremely strong, honest, kind and loving and had a great sense of humour."He was artistic and used to produce some beautiful pieces of pottery."It was important to both of us that this horrible disease shouldn't stop us getting married. It caused so much upheaval and we were determined it wouldn't ruin this."Out of something so horrific has come something so poignant and special."The support we have had from the hospice has been absolutely amazing."A week ago when Peter arrived there his whole mood changed and he found peace."I want people to know about the hospice and the good things it does and to support this wonderful organisation. You never know when you are going to need it.


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