"Thank you for looking after Gordon he had 8 extra years"
Gordon Douglas was one of our patients with liver cancer, first referred to the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle upon Tyne in 2014. He responded to treatment and was a regular visitor after that, for clinic reviews and follow-up scans. We came to know him well. When his cancer recurred in 2020, he signed up to our Cancer Research UK HUNTER study and had more treatments, despite the worries of the COVID pandemic. He had various other medical problems, but Gordon was a fighter. He always bounced back and remained in good spirits. We kept in touch by phone when he wasn’t able to travel anymore.
It was with fond memories and sadness that we learned, from his beloved wife Ann, of Gordon’s passing on 27th July 2023, aged 88 years.
This poem was written by Chelsey Chocholko as a tribute to her late grandfather, Gordon Douglas.
Is it the coffee’s, beer or gin
Or shall I start from were we begin
You met Grandma so young and sweet
Dancing on a Saturday and sweeping her off her feet
A few years after Gill was born
You enjoyed food at The Rimshaw but the curfew was at dawn
Next came Alison and she was a hit
You would fix her car but forever had a spare bit
As years went on, holidays you all shared
Their favourite was you sneaking in glasses of cola to there bed know-
ing it was naughty but they dared
The years flew by quickly and how your daughters had grown
Alison now had a family of her own
Wulf adored his Granda it was easy to see
He taught him to shave and played football even with bad knees
Chelzz was next and adored him too
He taught her to ride her bike and always guided her through
Last was Thom who adored Granda aswell
They would play cars and he would take computer advice even for the
hundredth time without a yell
Chelzz then had Toby and Douglas, Granda was so excited two boys
Every Sunday they visited and they’d all play with toys
Granda was so proud he loved these two
As every year passed his love forever grew
Now we've looked back its easy to see
He was so special and will be loved and missed for eternity
Granda your suffering no more, your spirit is free
Flying high up above with your parents,
siblings and Gill enjoying a cold G&T
We all love you, Until we meet again.