Husband’s tribute to ‘childhood sweetheart’ after wife loses cancer battle

PUBLISHED: 12:26 01 June 2012

ChinaCycle01   :   Angela Stephens and Julie Taylor doing a charity cycle ride in China. 27 Stafford Road, WsM.    30-03-10   MA/MW

ChinaCycle01 : Angela Stephens and Julie Taylor doing a charity cycle ride in China. 27 Stafford Road, WsM. 30-03-10 MA/MW

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A WIDOWER has paid tribute to his childhood sweetheart who has died after battling bowel cancer.

Julie Taylor, from Aisecome Way, Weston, lost a six-month cancer fight last month, leaving behind husband Chris and two sons Mike, aged 36, and Dan, aged 35. She died a few days before her 57th birthday.

Julie, nee Tripp, lived in and around the town for most of her live attending schools in Weston and Uphill before going on to to train as a nurse at Weston General Hospital.

She forged a reputation as a selfless volunteer through her work with 3rd Weston St Paul’s scout group in the 1970s and more recently working at The Copse residential home in Oldmixon.

And in 2010 she raised almost £4,000 for the Women to Women charity by cycling across China.

Chris, aged 57, said the pair had met as teenagers when still at school.

He thanked everyone who attended Julie’s funeral at Weston Crematorium on May 24.

He said: “I have never seen as many people at a funeral. The chapel was packed and people were standing in the aisles.”

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