A tearful farewell to a popular dad

Andy Smith, who died of bowel cancer.
Andy Smith, who died of bowel cancer.
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A grieving daughter has today spoken of her father’s heartbreaking final moments as he lost his two-year long fight against cancer.

Kristen Smith, 22, said a tear ran down dad-of-five Andy’s cheek when she told him her footballer brother Josh had scored the winning goal earlier that night for his AFC Fylde youth side.

Josh, 17, arrived to join his family just minutes before his father passed away in his bed at Trinity Hospice.

Kristen, from Orchard Avenue, Squires Gate, told the Gazette: “He just told us that he was proud of us, that he loved us and he’d always be around us.

“I was holding his hand and when I told him Josh had scored he raised his eyebrow, he was well aware right up to the end.

“He was quivering, he had a tear in his eye, he was waiting for Josh and when he got there I said, ‘You can rest now’.”

Tributes have today been paid to Mr Smith, 47, who worked for Tower Driver Training and was previously a trader on the Promenade.

Kristen added: “He was very supportive and laid back given he had five of us, he was very committed. Nothing was ever a problem for him.”

Mr Smith, who died on April 18 following a battle with bowel cancer, was born in 
Birmingham but moved to Blackpool with his parents when he was seven.

His widow Shelley, 42, from Dunes Avenue, Squires Gate, paid tribute to her “popular” husband.

She said: “His death’s hit everybody, we’ve had 150 sympathy cards which is just staggering. He had a wicked sense of humour, he was generous and devoted to his children.

“He loved his two grandchildren and he was just a very popular, fun-loving, patient man.”

Mr Smith is also survived by his children Sam, 21, Maddy, who celebrated her 19th birthday last week, and 15-year-old Ellis.

He also leaves grandchildren Nevaeh, 23 months, and 18-month-old Junior, as well as mother Janet and brother Michael.

His funeral will take place tomorrow at Park Crematorium, in Lytham at 2,30pm.

Donations can be made to Trinity Hospice.

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