Dad of six loses battle with cancer

Wilf Allen with his daughters (left to right) Rachel Middleton, Laura Thomas, Jane Linden and Ruth Cain.
Wilf Allen with his daughters (left to right) Rachel Middleton, Laura Thomas, Jane Linden and Ruth Cain.
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AN inspirational dad-of-six has lost his battle with cancer – just two months after his family appealed for help to raise funds for pioneering treatment.

In March, East Durham family man and folk fan Wilf Allen was preparing for a sponsored dip at Seaton Carew to pay for alternative therapy, bio-resonance and homeopathic treatments to give him better health and even a cure.

But he died on May 28.

“It came as a shock,” said daughter Ruth Cain. “Dad was doing so well. His positive attitude towards the end was amazing.”

Mother-of-four Ruth said her dad, a quality control manager for USG in Peterlee, had generally been fine, but his health had deteriorated in the last week-and-a-half of his life.

She added: “I think his positive personality helped with his illness.”

Wilf, 62, died at his home in the Oakerside area of Peterlee, surrounded by his wife Ann, 61, son, Jon, 40, and twin daughters Ruth Cain and Rita McNaughton, 38, Rachel Middleton, 32, Laura Thomas, 29, and Jane Linden, 26.

Laura said: “Dad was a big part of so many people’s lives.”

About 250 people attended Wilf’s funeral at Peterlee’s Kingdom Hall on Monday.

Ruth said she has no doubt her father was happy with the decision he made to explore the alternative therapy route, rather than opt for chemotherapy. My dad’s attitude would have been totally different if he had gone for chemotherapy.

“Unfortunately, the cancer he had was extremely aggressive, and no matter what treatment he had, the outcome would have been the same.

“But my dad always thought he was going to win the battle, and that positive attitude kept him and his family going.”

Ruth added: “Dad had an overwhelming love of life. Every day for him was such a pleasure.

“He was a man of principle and unconditional love and enjoyed the simple things in life.

“He was an inspiration to everyone he met, and when he was ill, he protected us from the pain of his illness.

“He was so positive about the treatment he was given, which is why it came as such a big shock when his health deteriorated.

“Even though he is not with us now, he has left such a massive impression on his daughters, giving us strength and fighting spirit.”

Ruth thanked “lovely, sincere people” from Macmillan and Marie Curie for her dad’s care, and those who supported the dip, which paid for a bio-resonance machine and herbal remedies.

She said the family are planning future fund-raising events for pancreatic cancer research.