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Friday, 18 April 2014

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Heartfelt tribute to West Cumbrian solicitor Tim Frost

The world will be a lesser place without courageous West Cumbrian solicitor Tim Frost, says his heartbroken partner.

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FOUGHT TO THE END: Tim Frost, a West Cumbrian solicitor, who died last week after suffering from a rare and aggressive brain tumour

The well-known 53-year-old director of law firm KJ Commons died at his Wigton home on Thursday of last week.

He had been battling a rare and aggressive brain tumour for the second time.

People who are diagnosed with granular cell astrocytoma are only expected to live about eight months after diagnosis.

Mr Frost fought it for two years and was still determined to beat it when a tumour returned.

His partner John, 39, said: “He fought to the end and went peacefully, with no pain or stress.

“I knew Tim was very ill but no matter how much you prepare for the inevitable, it still comes as a shock.

“He got his wish to be at home and we had a lovely Christmas.

“He saw in the New Year with a vodka and was singing Auld Lang Syne.

“The world is a lesser place without him.

“He was an inspiration to everyone.

“He was held in such high esteem, and when he was awarded the MBE that was a wonderful accolade for his life’s work.

“It has been said by so many people that his death will leave a huge void in their lives.

“Because of his strength and personality, he will never be forgotten.”

Mr Frost went home on Christmas Eve after receiving treatment in the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle.

John said: “He actually walked up the cobbles to the house. He always just got on with things.”

The couple, who met through a friend, had been together for five years and entered into a civil partnership in July 2012.

John added: “I met my match in Tim and he met his in me – intellectually and emotionally.

“We both had very strong opinions. I don’t like the limelight and he did.”

He thanked Hospice at Home, Macmillan Cancer Relief, district nurses and Artemis Domiciliary Care for their support during Mr Frost’s illness.

He also thanked friends and neighbours for their support.

A requiem mass was said for Mr Frost on Wednesday at St Cuthbert’s Church in Wigton, followed by his funeral yesterday.

Mr Frost was diagnosed in September 2011 after suffering severe headaches on holiday in Croatia, but after intensive chemotherapy and radiotherapy he went into remission.

The cancer was so rare that it took doctors three weeks to diagnose it.

The prognosis was so poor that he was planning his civil partnership at the same time as his funeral.

Mr Frost discovered the tumour had come back after developing an infection on his forehead.

He had also vowed to continue his work as the Cumbrian ambassador for the Brain Tumour Charity as soon as he was well enough.

He was a director with KJ Commons, which has offices in Workington, Whitehaven and Carlisle, since 2010.

A statement on the firm’s website said: “It is with great sadness and regret that we have to announce the death of our dear friend and colleague Tim Frost.

“Our thoughts are with John, his family and many friends.”

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