Former local rugby player will be sadly missed

Martin Lewis with his wife Rachel and children Jessica and Ethan
Martin Lewis with his wife Rachel and children Jessica and Ethan
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The widow of local rugby player and coach Martin Lewis says she will miss him every day after he died from liver cancer.

The former Siddal and Park Amateurs player suffered from the illness for 19 months and died at Overgate Hospice on Monday aged 37.

He was married to Rachel for 11 years and was father to Ethan, 10, Jessica, 8 and the late Harper.

Rachel said: “He was only given six months when he was diagnosed but he went with a fight. I’ll never be able to thank people enough for the help they’ve given us.

“He was a really good dad and absolutely doted on the children. It’s so sad to think he won’t see the kids grow up or see his grandchildren.

“I’m so glad he got to meet the Liverpool squad before he died. That was his absolute dream come true.

“We also did a lot of fundraising for the HoneyRose Foundation, Macmillan Calderdale and 4 Louis, who make memory boxes for bereaved parents.

“I’ll miss him every day. It’s going to be really hard but we’re a strong family.

“He wanted his funeral to be on a Friday so everyone could have a drink and not worry about work the next day. That was typical Martin, always thinking of others.”

Siddal ARLFC President Eddie Golding-Smith said: “He’ll be sadly missed. He was well thought of by everyone.”

Park Amateurs ARLFC chairman Andy Binns said: “Lewy will be greatly missed. All at King Cross Park send our deepest condolences to his family.”

Martin’s funeral is on October 11 at the Halifax Minster at 11am.