A former regional daily journalist who married his long-term partner after being diagnosed with terminal lung cancer has died just weeks later.
Neil Farnworth, a former sports reporter and sub-editor at the Lancashire Evening Post, married Eileen Marsh in March after suddenly being diagnosed with the illness.
But, five weeks after the pair wed at Preston register office, Neil passed away at their home in Fulwood, Preston, aged 75.
LEP editor Gillian Parkinson, who worked with Neil in the 1990s, said: “Neil was always a valued member of the sports team here at the Evening Post and we are very sad to hear of his death.
“He was a gregarious person who loved being a part of the buzz of the newsroom. He will be sadly missed.”
The couple were together for 24 years and met at the rest home Eileen, now 69, worked at during a campaign the LEP was running to fund new medical equipment.
The shock of his diagnosis in January had spurred Neil, who lost his first wife in her 40s, to pop the question to Eileen in order to give her some security in law after his death.
She told the LEP: “It’s come very quickly. He was a great man, a friend to everyone. He had a great sense of humour and was a bit of a rum one.
“In the last five weeks we’ve tried to spend as much time together as possible. I miss him terribly.”
Neil, a lover of music and sport, played for years in a skiffle band called the Ramblin Riversiders and had recently learnt to play the bass guitar.
He passed away last month and is survived by daughter, Paula, son Stuart, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.