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‘Heaps of recollections’: Dad and husband pack their entire lives into ultimate weeks

Brendan Hills spent the last few weeks making memories and doing the things he loved.

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Brendan Hills spent the previous few weeks making recollections and doing the issues he cherished.

Hours earlier than he died, Brendan Hills picked up his instruments and glued his bike chain.

It was a gesture typical of her husband, Kathryn Hills stated.

“He was all the time the kind of one that lived his life to the fullest and was all the time doing one thing. Till Monday afternoon, after we took him for a stroll, he was nonetheless sliding within the wheelchair.’

Brendan, 38, died on Tuesday morning on the Nelson Tasman Hospice, weeks after being recognized with pancreatic most cancers in mid-August.

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Brendan had been to his physician a number of occasions for again ache however was instructed he had irritation round his ribs. Finally, the ache drove him to the emergency room, the place exams revealed most cancers and medical doctors instructed Brendan he solely had weeks to reside.

Whereas the analysis was a shock, Brendan was decided to benefit from the time he had left, Kathryn stated.

“He by no means spoke negatively about it; he actually made probably the most of life.”

He spent the previous few weeks doing what he cherished, together with mountain biking, fishing and making “a great deal of recollections” together with his 4 youngsters, together with his two sons, who reside within the UK, Kathryn stated.

The couple met in November 2010 when Brendan walked into a Welsh pub where Kathryn worked.  They were engaged in April of the following year.

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The couple met in November 2010 when Brendan walked right into a Welsh pub the place Kathryn labored. They have been engaged in April of the next yr.

The couple met in late 2010 when Brendan walked into the Black Cock Inn in South Wales. Kathryn ran the kitchen and Brendan rode his mountain bike.

“He stopped for a beer after his trip,” Kathryn stated. “My boss heard it. [Kiwi] the accent and the thought, aha, I can do one thing right here.’

After their first date – a rugby match between Wales and New Zealand – the couple have been inseparable and acquired engaged a number of months later.

Twelve years collectively introduced journey, journey, youngsters and plenty of ups and downs.

However principally Kathryn remembers the laughter.

“Numerous laughter and much and plenty of love. We have been simply having enjoyable. We had our share of unhealthy occasions however our rule was by no means go to mattress indignant, we talked till 3am.”

Brendan, whose earnings supported his household whereas Kathryn studied nursing, was involved about his household’s survival with out him.

The day after he died, Kathryn discovered the video he had made for her.

“He stated, ‘I do not need something fancy, put me in a cardboard field and sleep on the seashore’.”

A subsequent video clarified his needs: “Do not maintain me – simply flip me off the again of the boat,” Kathryn stated.

However Kathryn thinks Brendan might be happy with Saturday’s deliberate send-off: a service at Founders Park Granary at 1 p.m., adopted by an after celebration in Prince Albert.

Anybody who knew and cherished Brendan is welcome, she stated.

“I simply need folks to recollect him as an exquisite particular person and lift a glass to him on Saturday.”

AND Givealittle web page was established to assist the household.

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