Tears as ‘ Dad of Year’ dies af­ter can­cer fight

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Yourtelegraph - By David Sey­mour

Abrave fa­ther whowas named as Peter­bor­ough Tele­graph’s Dad of the Year for his bat­tle to care for his fam­ily de­spite suf­fer­ing with a rare form of can­cer has died. Fa­ther- of- four Ge­off Chap­lain, from Parn­well, who was crowned the Peter­bor­ough Tele­graph’s Star Pa last June, passed away on Box­ing Day aged 41.

Ge­off, a former bus driver for Stage­coach, who had a tu­mour grow­ing in his heart, had been fight­ing Ewing’s Sar­coma – a con­di­tion found in one in ev­ery 800,000 can­cer suf­fer­ers, which is so rare that he was the only per­son aged over 35 in the UK with it.

He had been ad­mit­ted to Peter­bor­ough City Hospi­tal on De­cem­ber 22, af­ter suf­fer­ing heart­prob­lem­san­dashort­ness of breath.

But early dur­ing Box­ing Day morn­ing, his fam­ily were in­formed that Ge­off had passed away in his sleep.

His widow Kath ( 31) said to lose Ge­off over Christ­mas was “hor­ri­ble”, but took so­lace in that he went peace­fully.

She said: “He didn’t go in any pain at all, which was nice to know.”

Ge­of­fwas­nom­i­nat­ed­forthe Peter­bor­ough Tele­graph’s Dad of the Year award for 2012 in light of his sup­port to his fam­ily, de­spite the ter­mi­nal disease he was bat­tling.

Kath said: “He was bril­liant, right down­tothe­last­weeks. He was strong all the way through. It was only in the last weeks or so he said he couldn’t do it any more.”

Ge­off ’ s heart prob­lems started in 2008 but a two- week stay in hospi­tal failed to di­ag­nose the prob­lem, as he was re­spond­ing to med­i­ca­tion.

Kath said: “He was over the moon­tow­inDad­oftheYear. He did not ex­pect it.”

In De­cem­ber there was fur­ther­ju­bi­la­tionasGe­of­fandKath re­newedtheir wed­ding vowsin ac­er­e­mony­atChristChurch, in Orton Gold­hay. The cou­ple had been mar­ried seven years.

Kath said: “It was some­thing he wanted to do be­fore he passed. I think he wanted to cher­ish what he had.”

She added: “It was lovely. It really was. If you had seen him then, you would not have ex­pected what was around the cor­ner.”

Kath said: “He was my life. He­wasafab­u­loushus­ban­dand dad. He did ev­ery­thing for me.”

He is sur­vived by Katie ( 11), Geroge( 9), James( 6) andSo­phie ( 4). One of the Dad of the Year judges, the PT’s features ed­i­tor John Baker said: “Ge­off’s story stood­out­fro­ma­lltheothers. He wasatru­lyin­spi­ra­tional man. It is so sad to hear of his pass­ing.”

The funeral takes place on Jan­uary 4, at 1pm, at Christ Church, Orton Gold­hay.

All who knew Ge­off are wel­come to at­tend.

‘ Star Pa’ Ge­off Chap­lain with his chil­dren Katie ( 10), James ( 6), So­phie ( 4) and Ge­orge ( 8) with mumKath Chap­lain at their home at Parn­well.

Ge­off Chap­lain with his wife Kath and chil­dren Ge­orge, James, Katie and So­phie af­ter be­ing named Dad of the Year.

Dad of the Year Ge­off Chap­lain with daugh­ter So­phie

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