Sunday, 18 April 2021


 This will be the hardest blog post I have written, and it is to let you know that my wonderful Penny finally lost her long battle last Thursday.

It is 20 years since she had Hodgkin's Lymphoma, and although she survived this the radiotherapy damaged the lining of her lungs which resulted in a gradual deterioration of the lungs which eventually became a very rare form of pulmonary fibrosis. 

18 months ago she developed pneumonia and we were then told to expect the worst, but Pen successfully battled through and came out the other side.

However, 4 weeks ago she once again developed pneumonia and this time it was followed by a blood clot on the lungs, and despite them treating this and sending her back home on Tuesday, it was clear things were still not good. On Thursday she was sent back in the evening to hospital as her blood pressure had become dangerously low but she passed away just after reaching hospital.

Last August she reached her 60th birthday, a birthday she told me several years ago she wasn't expecting to reach. I was also proud to have made it to our 40th, Ruby wedding anniversary, on February 21st this year.

To think we first met back at school in Lewes. Over 45 years ago and hardly a cross word between us in all that time, and despite all her health issues she hardly ever complained and always put on a brave face when talking to people.

February 21st 1981.

Penny at 60. 16th August 2020.


  1. I'm so sorry for your loss Bob. Devastating news. Sending you my deepest wishes and tboughts to you and your family. Take care.

  2. Sorry to hear that Bob - condolences to you and your family.

  3. Dreadful news Bob. So sorry to hear about this. I only met Pen a few times and she was so friendly and chatty. I am sure you and your family are distraught at the this present time.

  4. Such very sad news Bob, please except my deepest sympathies.

  5. I am so sorry that penny struggled so. Such a shame. But like you have said, you both had many good years together. To think that you took our wedding photos 39 years ago.
    Sending you our best wishes Angela and Paul Brinkhurst