Dad-of-five John loses battle with brain tumour at just 47

John Anderson
John Anderson

A MUCH-loved dad-of-five has lost a battle with a brain tumour at the age of just 47.

John Anderson had vowed to fight the aggressive cancer, but lost his valiant year-long battle.

John, who worked at Asda in Peterlee, was diagnosed with a brain tumour in August 2012.

But it wasn’t until January 20 last year that doctors confirmed it was cancerous.

He was then diagnosed with glioblastoma, a tumour which develops in the cells supporting the nerve cells.

His devastated wife of 14 years Kelly, 37, of Cotsford Park, Horden, said: “It was a grade four tumour at the time, it was terminal.

“You just don’t think it will happen to you.”

John had collapsed at work in July 2012 and he was diagnosed with the tumour in the August.

After his glioblastoma diagnosis, he had a craniotomy at James Cook University Hospital, where medics took away the bulk of the tumour.

But doctors were unable to remove it all, and the remainder of the tumour would eventually claim his life.

Kelly, who was John’s full-time carer, added: “He always said he was going to fight it.”

But John went into St Cuthbert’s Hospice in Durham City on January 27 for pain relief and sadly his condition deteriorated.

John died on March 4 and his funeral was held at Horden’s St Mary’s Church eight days later.

John leaves behind children Ben and Ricky Anderson, from a previous marriage, and Kieran, 17, a New College Durham student and 15-year-old twins Jade and Josh, who attend Dene Community School, in Peterlee.

Josh and Kieran, along with their cousin Jack Hampton, 15, an Easington Academy student, also from Horden, recently had their hair shaved off to raise funds for Cancer Research UK.

The lads were even more determined to raise money for the charity after losing their dad and uncle.

The sponsored headshave took place at Horden Youth Club a week after the funeral and raised an impressive £700 for the cause.

“John would have been so proud”, said Kelly, who described her husband as a “doting family man who would help anybody”.

Jack’s mum, Clair Hampton, added: “All three are very particular about their hair and decided this would be the best action to take. We are all so proud of the three young men.

“For three young teenagers to selflessly arrange a charity’s fundraiser themselves is very rare in this day and age and we are hugely proud to have these lads as part of our family.”