TRIBUTES have been paid to a popular Rugby man who died within a week of being diagnosed with cancer.
Rob Gooch, 43, made sure he said all his goodbyes before he lost his short fight against the disease on January 12.
His wife Bev, of Northcote Road, said her husband was a kind man with a good sense of humour.
She said: “He always put others first.
“Rob didn’t complain once throughout his illness. He just made sure he said his goodbyes.”
Rob, a well known butcher, had suffered with backache for many months, but the severity of his condition was unknown until it was too late.
Bev, 42, said he continued working right up until Christmas.
He was diagnosed with a cyst on his kidney and doctors later discovered the terminal cancer, which had spread throughout Rob’s body.
“Rob was a very kind person,” she said.
“He was so laid back, he didn’t let any thing get to him. He will be remembered for his smile and good sense of humour.”
The couple met when Rob was 17 and Bev was 16.
They both worked at the former Gateway supermarket in Hillmorton. They were inseparable ever since.
Rob, who was a special constable for nearly ten years, was passionate about his work.
He worked at Terry Aucott’s butchers in Rugby, the Meat and Livestock Commission and later WF Chapman’s in Lutterworth.
Bev said: “Rob loved his work. Meat was his life.
“He also loved rugby and Guinness! He supported the Rugby Lions and enjoyed watching the England games.”
She said Rob had a lot of friends, which was reflected in the amount of mourners who attended his funeral.
Bev said: “St Marie’s Church was packed.
“We’ve been overwhelmed with people sending cards and messages. We would like to thank everybody.”
Rob had two daughters, Kim, 21, and Kelly, 18.
“Dad was cheeky,” said Kelly.
“He was always smiling.”
The family are finding it hard to come to terms with Rob not being alive to meet his new grandchild, being born to Kim in June.
He saw the scans of the baby before he died.
Rob also leaves mother and father Pam and Austin Gooch, brothers Andrew and Vincent and sister Maria.
Donations have been collected in Rob’s memory. They will be presented to Cancer Research UK and Macmillan Nurses.