Leeds florist loses brain tumour battle

Guy Nicol
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Hundreds of mourners have said goodbye to a well-known former Leeds florist who has lost his fight against a brain tumour.

Guy Nicol died at the age of 54, just over a year after he was diagnosed with the aggressive tumour.

The dad-of-four died at St Gemma’s Hospice in Leeds with his wife and two youngest children at his bedside after a sudden deterioration in his condition.

His wife Shelley said: “He was full of fun all the time. We just miss him so much.”

Mr Nicol, from Whitkirk, collapsed while on holiday last August and was diagnosed with a grade four tumour.

The former Leeds city centre florist had 95 per cent of the tumour removed through surgery and then underwent chemotherapy and radiotherapy, but doctors warned that the treatment may only prolong his life.

However Shelley said her husband refused to be negative: “He was always positive. He kept saying ‘I am not a statistic’.”

During his illness he was determined to help others and raised £13,000 for charity.

In September he reached the end of his treatment and the following month was admitted to St Gemma’s, in Moortown, to review his medication, but was still very active before then.

However while there he suddenly became very ill.

During his final days he was cared for by his wife and her best friend Caroline Thomson, who is a nurse at the hospice.

“Without Caroline’s support, I don’t know how we would’ve coped,” Shelley added. “I want to thank all the nurses – they are amazing.”

Hundreds packed his funeral, while a minute’s silence was held at Leeds Market and by the Billy Bremner statue at Elland Road.

His wife, mum to Guy’s youngest children Charli and Harry, said: “We are struggling to come to terms with everything as it happened so quickly, but we have got a lot of support.”

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