Family devastated by double tragedy

TOGETHER AGAIN: Michael and Carol West on their wedding day.
TOGETHER AGAIN: Michael and Carol West on their wedding day.

A Great Cornard man has been left “feeling numb” after his mother and father both died within three weeks of each other.

Tony West said he and his brother, Martin, and sister, Clare, were still coming to terms with the loss of their dad Michael, who died on December 16, when their mum Carol died on Tuesday.

Mrs West, who had suffered a stroke five years ago and had been in poor health, died at West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds. She was 54.

Her husband, who had worked at Delphi in Sudbury for 35 years, had fought cancer for 18 months before his death at the age of 56.

The couple’s three children were at their bedsides.

“I think mum died of a broken heart,” said Tony, 23.

“She was a fighter – she had a heart attack at 27, and suffered other medical problems.

“Her stroke left her barely able to speak and she was a medical mystery, but she obviously could not go on without my dad.”

Mr and Mrs West, from Chelsworth Avenue, had been married for 19 years.

“We knew mum was not well and were expecting it to a certain extent, but not three weeks after dad,” said Tony.

“To lose both parents is very hard and we are all a bit numb.”