Death of retired West Yorkshire Police officer who suffered brain damage after heart attack in Tenerife

The wife of a former police officer from Pontefract who fought for life after suffering brain damage following a heart attack in Tenerife has paid tribute to her "soulmate."

Monday, 22nd March 2021, 10:31 pm
Bill Annable pictured with wife Dot

Dot Annable was with her husband Bill, 75, when he died at Pinderfields Hospital, Wakefield, on Monday March 8.

"I held his hand and kissed him and told him I loved him and at 10.15pm he passed away," said Mrs Annable

"He fought so hard to stay alive for nearly four months. He was my soulmate, he was very kind.

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Dot Annable pictured with her husband Bill in hospital in Tenerife.

"He loved life and he loved everyone - he always had a smile on his face."

A funeral cortege will leave Mr Annable's home in Darrington near Pontefract at 9.40am on Thursday March 25 ahead of a Covid restricted service at 10am Pontefract Crematorium.

Mr and Mrs Annable were two weeks into a four-week holiday in Playa De Las Américas when he suffered a heart attack before falling and striking his head on the pavement last November 14.

Bill Annable when he was a West Yorkshire Police officer

His travel insurance company, Avanti, declined to cover the cost of his repatriation to the UK or the majority of his medical bills, which amounted to more than £20,000.

Avanti said Mr Annable was made aware when buying the policy that the company couldn’t cover him for heart-related conditions due to surgery he was waiting for on an artery in his leg.

Mr Annable’s friend, Steve Spencer of Pontefract, launched a crowdfunding appeal to pay for a private air ambulance and the grandfather of two was flown back to the UK on January 27.

The appeal raised more than £34,000.

Bill Annable when he was a West Yorkshire Police officer

Mrs Annable said the air ambulance cost £24,000 and £10,000 is due to go towards the outstanding medical bill of around £20,000.

Mrs Annable said anyone wishing to make a donation in lieu of flowers in her husband's memory is asked to contribute to help pay outstanding medical bills via gofundme

Mr Annable, a retired West Yorkshire Police officer who served with the force for 32 years, had regained consciousness and could move his eyes and squeeze his wife's hand.

Bil Annable

Mrs Annable, 64, said when her husband applied for travel insurance with Avanti, he declared he suffered from hypertension, for which he was taking medication.

She also said Avanti were made aware that he had a successful operation two years ago to unblock an artery in his right leg and that he was waiting to undergo the same procedure in his left leg.