Father-of-two Neil Aitchison, left, died on Sunday at Wolverhampton’s New Cross Hospital where he had been treated for malignant melanoma since being diagnosed with the terminal stage of the disease last November.
Neil spent five weeks in the hospital’s Deansley Ward last year after being told he could be paralysed and was unable to move.
Just three weeks later, he walked unaided down the aisle at St Mark’s Church, Great Wyrley to marry Linda, his partner of 16 years.
Neil began his career in the regional press and became editor of the Uttoxeter Advertiser, before moving on to cover health for the Worcester Evening News, where he met Linda, who was the news editor.
His final career move took him into PR where his roles included communications manager at Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust and editor of the Forensic Science Service’s magazine, Clued Up.
In August he joined Cannock-based Passionate Media, recently renamed The Marketing Room, as new media director and continued in that role until his illness.
Neil leaves his wife Linda and their twin daughters, Emily and Melissa, aged 13.
Linda said: “The past few months brought the sorts of challenges that nobody should face. Neil’s nurses and doctors told him how much respect and admiration they had for him because of the way he met those challenges head on, got himself moving and proved their predictions wrong.
“As a colleague Neil was patient, diligent and hardworking. As a husband and father he was the absolute best and we are blessed to have had his love in our lives.
She added: “Marrying Neil after all these years gave us both such joy.”