Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Window Cleaner Loses Cancer Battle

Andre Timberlake-Evans with daughter Gracie.
Brave Andre loses cancer battle: A father who defied cancer for almost two years beyond doctors’ expectations has died, aged 41. Andre Timberlake-Evans finally succumbed to his illness having lived to get married and see the first 18 months of his daughter Gracie’s life, despite being told he had just months to live at the end of 2013. Mr Timberlake-Evans’ family said he passed away peacefully at Morris Care Centre in Telford.

Andre Timberlake-Evans with his family - Maria, Max and Gracie.
Diagnosed with an incurable brain tumour, Mr Timeberlake-Evans was forced to sell his business Horizon Window Cleaning when he became ill. He had 98 percent of the tumour removed but was given nine to 12 months to live. He and wife Maria, 33, then his partner of 12 years, brought their wedding forward, fearing they would only see one anniversary, but celebrated their second last year.

Not long after their wedding the couple discovered Maria was pregnant, and despite concerns that Gracie had been conceived while her father was undergoing cancer treatment, she was born healthily in June 2014. Mr Timberlake Evans, of Arleston, Telford, had been determined to see her born but got to see much more, as Gracie is now 18 months old and walking and talking at her home with brother Max, 14, and the family’s cocker spaniel Genghis.

Speaking to the Star in October, Mr Timberlake-Evans spoke of his desire to spend as much time with his family as possible, though knowing he would not be cured. He said: “I love just watching Gracie grow and seeing how she changes everyday. She is our little miracle. She’s such a pretty little girl and she is always smiling and laughing and walking and talking in her own little language none of us understand.”

Mrs Timberlake-Evans called her husband her “walking miracle” for defying the doctors’ prognosis for so long. He died on January 26 and the funeral service will be at Telford Crematorium on Thursday at 3pm. The family ask for family flowers only, but donations will go to The Brain Tumour Charity and a collection box will be provided at the crematorium.

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