Long-serving Sudbury factory worker loses fight with cancer


The son of a Great Cornard man, who died of cancer, has vowed to continue fundraising for those who helped his father.

Michael West, from Chelsworth Avenue, was told in September 2012 that he had terminal cancer and was expected to live for only a few more months.

Despite a brave fight against the disease, which affected his intestine and oesophagus, the 56-year-old died at St Nicholas Hospice Care in Bury St Edmunds on December 16.

“We knew it was going to happen but it was still a shock when it did,” said Mr West’s son, Tony.

“He had been living with cancer for such a long time, but he went his way.”

Before his illness forced him to give up work, Mr West had worked at Delphi Diesel Systems in Newton Road, Sudbury, for 35 years.

He was married to Carol and had another son, Martin, and daughter, Clare.

Michael said due to his work at the company, his dad had become well-known in the community.

“He was part of the furniture at Delphi,” said the 23-year-old.

“He loved his football and, at social gatherings, was the life and soul of the party.

“He was a real character and lots of people said he could light up a room.”

Michael, who has twice held charity football matches in support of Macmillan Cancer Support and Success After Stroke – his mum suffered a stroke five years ago – said he had more plans to help good causes.

“I was not intending to do the football match again this year, as I had a few other ideas,” said Michael.

“Even though dad has gone, I still want to do something as Macmillan was fantastic at explaining to the whole family what was going on and how they could help.

“I am thinking of arranging a comedy night or even doing a pantomime.”

A spokeswoman for Delphi said Mr West would be sadly missed by those who knew him.

“Mick was an employee on the night shift,” she said. “He had been with the company for just over 35 years and, in that time, was a hard-working and valued employee.

“He will be missed by all his friends, colleagues and the management team at Delphi. Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time.”

Mr West’s funeral took place at St Andrew’s Church in Great Cornard on Wednesday.