A WIDOW has paid tribute to her brave husband who battled with chronic arthritis for more than 20 years.
William McGall of Southowram, suffered for 28 years with the painful condition.
William, fondly known as the “Bionic Man” by his friends had many operations to replace joints and ease his pain.
He was born in Belfast but moved to England to work as a brass moulder.
The charity worker raised thousands of pounds for ARC and Calderdale DART.
He married Jenny at St Anne-in-the-Grove, Southowram in 1967, starting a long and busy relationship with the church where he later read and lead the Scout group.
She hopes his story will inspire others.
“He was determined it wouldn’t beat him. “Yes it’s a debilatating illness but it doesn’t stop you from living your life. He would not give up,” she said.
“He always said it’d bad, but it doesn’t have to be a life sentence,” said Jenny.
He is survived by his three children John, Catherine and Helene and two grandsons Max and Jake.
The family have been touched by the hundreds of cards and flowers which have been sent since his death aged 70 on February 13. More than 250 people are expected at his funeral at St Anne-in-the-Grove at 12.45pm tomorrow.