Chil­dren lead trib­ute to ‘coura­geous’ dad

Man died two years af­ter brain tu­mour di­ag­no­sis

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - by Alexan­der Ballinger alexan­der.ballinger@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A MUCH-LOVED Hilling­don father and mag­is­trate died in hos­pi­tal on Satur­day De­cem­ber 31, just four months af­ter he learned his tu­mour had stopped grow­ing.

Jeremy Lis­ter was first di­ag­nosed with a brain tu­mour in Jan­uary 2015 and was ex­pected to live for just weeks, but in­stead he was alive and ac­tive for another two years.

Mr Lis­ter was re­leased from hos­pi­tal on Christ­mas Day 2016, just six days be­fore he passed away.

Now Mr Lis­ter’s two grown chil­dren have paid touch­ing trib­utes to the 63-year-old, who passed away at Hilling­don Hos­pi­tal on New Year’s Eve.

His daugh­ter Caro­line Lis­ter, 36, said: “It’s so up­set­ting for us. He was ab­so­lutely the best dad ever.

“He lived for his chil­dren. Ev­ery­thing he did was with us in mind. I think that’s why he fought so hard.

“[He was] very sporty and very proud of my brother.”

Mr Lis­ter worked as a vol­un­teer in Ruis­lip, Uxbridge and North­wood over the last 20 years and also worked as a mag­is­trate at Uxbridge Mag­is­trates’ Court, where he was chair of the bench.

A keen sports lover, Mr Lis­ter also helped with North­wood Town Cricket Club for more than 30 years and rarely missed a match un­til his ill­ness.

He was also the chair of gov­er­nors at Har­lyn Pri­mary School, in Pin­ner, for more than 20 years.

Mr Lis­ter’s son Michael, 35, said: “His sense of hu­mour would need to be men­tioned. He was witty, al­ways had a joke for ev­ery­one, whether it was the nurses or the guys at the cricket club.

“[As well as] his brav­ery and his courage – he would al­ways fight.”

When he was first di­ag­nosed with a brain tu­mour in Jan­uary 2015, Mr Lis­ter was told it was in­op­er­a­ble and that he could die within weeks, but against the odds, he lived another two years and was able to see his da daugh­ter get mar­ried in A Au­gust 2016.

Mr Lis­ter was even ab able to stand to give a se seven-and-a-half minute sp speech at the wed­ding, de de­spite the fam­ily th think­ing he would not be w well enough to at­tend.

His son Michael said: “W “We found out in Au­gust [2 [2016] the tu­mour had st stopped grow­ing. That ga gave us some hope.”

Sadly Mr Lis­ter caught an in­fec­tion and passed aw away sud­denly on New Year’s Eve.

Be­fore he was in hos­pi­tal, Mr Lis­ter had lived in Thames Drive, in Ruis­lip.

Ben Raw­son-Jones, the chair­man of North­wood Town Cricket Club, said: “Jeremy was a beloved sup­porter of North­wood Town Cricket Club for the past 25 years and will be dearly missed by us all.

“His pres­ence at many matches over the last two years, de­spite ev­ery­thing he was bat­tling against, was noth­ing short of in­spi­ra­tional.

“A brave and lovely man.”

Fiona Black­well, a mag­is­trate who worked with Mr Lis­ter, Fiona Black­well, said: “He was very wise and al­ways had very wise words with life and on how to con­duct your­self as a mag­is­trate.

“He was an in­spi­ra­tion, the way he lived his life for other peo­ple and his chil­dren, and he was a very kind man.”

‘BEST DAD EVER’: (Above and be­low) Jeremy with son Michael and daugh­ter Caro­line; (right, top) Jeremy with Caro­line on her wed­ding day; (right, bot­tom) Jeremy Lis­ter

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