According to the article post on the Chronicle Live website Mick Coates learnt he had terminal cancer just three weeks before he died, surrounded by family, in St Oswald’s Hospice. He was an amputee but was active and independent.
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A distraught daughter has paid tribute to her “crazy, fun-loving dad” who died just three weeks after an out-of-the-blue cancer diagnosis.
Mick Coates, from Cramlington, had complained of pain in his back in October last year – but had no idea it was a hidden symptom of the cancer that would take his life at the age of just 55.
Things began to get worse in January, when Mick became confused and started to feel unwell. An amputee who was normally extremely active and independent, Mick was forced to use his wheelchair – which daughter Becky said he “absolutely hated”.
Worried for his health, Mick’s partner Kim Cessford called his doctor, and was told to take him straight to A&E. There, Mick and his family learnt the devastating news: Mick had lung cancer which had already spread to his brain.
Medics would later discover it had also migrated to his bones and liver – the cancer having grown so quickly it shocked even experts.
Becky, 22, said: “It was such a shock, because he didn’t have any symptoms of lung cancer at all.”
Mick died last week in St Oswald’s Hospice, with Kim, Becky, and Becky’s partner Jack Hogarth by his side, supported by “amazing” hospice staff.
Devastated by their sudden loss, his family are now hoping to pay fitting tribute to the “amazing” dad, and are now raising money for the hospice, as well as for Cancer Research UK.
They’re also hoping to arrange a beautiful, socially-distanced celebration of his life at Blyth beach, releasing small biodegradable boats into the ocean in his memory.
Many have already donated to the fundraising page or paid tribute to Mick online, making his family feel like he was “the most loved man in Cramlington”, Becky said.
Popular Mick will be missed by many, she added.
Becky said: “He was just a fun-loving, crazy dad.
“He wasn’t bothered about what people thought of him, he was so popular in Cramlington, it feels like everybody knew him. Whenever we would go to the shops together a 10 minute trip would turn into an hour just stopping and saying hello to people.”
Despite the shock of the diagnosis and the pain of his condition, Mick kept on joking with his family, staying strong to the end.
Becky added: “My dad was such a tough, strong-willed and amazing man, with no matter what knocked him down, he got back up again.”