Barry Austin

Barry and I were married for 35 years. He died from cancer 24th September 2008 after a 3 year battle with the disease. He died in St Elizabeth Hospice after receiving excellent care. Barry and I married in September 1973. Barry took on my son, Gary, from my first marriage and we had four children of our own, Teresa, Steven, Angela and Karen. Barry worked in numerous jobs during our married life including driving a scaffolding lorry, working in the foundry at Ransomes Sims and Jefferies, being a steward in the merchant navy and as a taxi driver. When in the merchant navy working for Sealink on the Harwich to Hook of Holland ferries, he volunteered to go to the Falkland Islands during the conflict in 1982. He was away for four and half months doing his bit as a cook on board ship. For the last twenty or so years he worked as a taxi driver in Ipswich until he was diagnosed with terminal cancer in June 2005. His passion through life was Country and Western music and his call sign for his cb radio when taxiing was Boxcar Barry, a reference to one of his C and W idols Boxcar Willie. We would sometimes go away to C and W weekends where Barry liked to put on his shirt and hat and become a cowboy for the weekend. Our special song was Jim Reeves singing 'I love you because' and we would always have a dance when this song came on. His other C and W idol was the legendary Johny Cash. His other 'passion' was the Gainsborough Labour Club. He would go to sit with his mates on a Saturday and Sunday lunchtime and was a well known character at the club. He went to the club on the Saturday and Sunday lunchtime, didn't feel up to getting up on the Monday because he was 'tired', went into the Hospice on the Tuesday and died the early hours of the Wednesday morning. He had said his goodbyes to his friends.

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