“My children’s father was told he had indigestion, but he died of cancer two months later”

Stuart Simpson died at the age of 56 after being diagnosed with stage IV colon and liver cancer

Stuart Simpson
Stuart (second from right) will be missed by all of his family

A “kind, caring and loving” father who was initially diagnosed with indigestion died of cancer two months later.

After suffering pain in his side in April 2022, Stuart Simpson went to the doctors where he was diagnosed with indigestion and given peptides to treat it.

However, Stuart, 56, went back to doctors when the pain persisted and lumps were eventually discovered in his lungs and intestines.

He was diagnosed with stage four colon and liver cancer and tragically died before he could begin treatment, leaving his family heartbroken.

His Doncaster family have emotionally appreciated Stuart’s compassion and the many roles he has had in their family.

Stuart pictured with his son Samuel


Stuart’s family)

Stuart’s ex-partner Joanne Nunns said: “Stuart wasn’t just a father, brother, uncle, son and best friend. He was so much more. Stuart was kind, caring and loving.

“His condolences to his family, friends, work colleagues and animals were heartfelt and will be sorely missed. Stuart was a peaceful person, he liked to read, he loved the outdoors and he enjoyed growing plants in his home.

“Stuart was a kind, loving man, he would do absolutely anything to help a friend in need, he was generous and often put others before himself.

“While we are all very shocked and saddened by the news of his death and our hearts are aching, we know Stuart is at peace and no longer in pain or suffering.”

Joanne, Stuart’s former partner, co-parent and good friend, said: “We had a son together – eventually our love broke down, but our friendship remained very strong. After that he became like a brother to me.

“I could talk to him about anything and I called him all the time. We had so much in common – I’m originally from South Africa and he’s originally from Zimbabwe so we had a lot of memories to share.”

Joanne had a three-year-old daughter, Amber Williams, when they got together and Stuart quickly became a powerful father figure to Amber.

Stuart became a father figure to Amber


Stuart’s family)

Stuart was a father to his son with Joanne – 18-year-old Sam – and also spent time with Sam’s siblings Joshua and Renesmae.

Amber, now 25, told YorkshireLive: “It was such a shock – it happened so quickly. I don’t see my real father, so Stu was always there. He was always there to talk to when I needed him the person he was – always there to help anyone who needed help.

“He never asked questions, he was just there. I have two sons, Cody and Kallum, and Stu loved them. He always sent them birthday cards and asked how they were doing. He was an important part of our family.”

Stuart, who was living in Nottingham at the time, was experiencing pain in his side in April.

Joanne said he went to his GP where he was diagnosed with indigestion and given pills for indigestion.

But as the pain continued, his family encouraged him to go back. Stuart had blood tests and was then sent straight to the hospital, where scans revealed lumps in his lungs and intestines.

Stuart was close to all of his family


Stuart’s family)

Stuart spent a week in hospital after the lumps were discovered.

“His color changed because his liver was affected,” Joanne said.

“It was really annoying because he kept asking us what he looked like and we had to lie and say he was good looking.”

Stuart then had a biopsy done and awaited the results. He has since been discharged from hospital to his home in Nottingham, where he lives with his cat.

Realizing there was not much he could do but lie in bed, his family drove to Nottingham from Doncaster to pick him up and take him home.

Joanne said: “He wasn’t eating or drinking at all when he came to see us, he was so sick. On Monday morning after we picked him up, he was gone. It was so quick.

“We don’t even have the biopsy results yet. He probably would have gone to chemo if he was strong enough, but we didn’t even have time for that. We thought we would have been with him longer but obviously not.”

Stuart was an active member of his local church at St Margret’s in Nottingham and also worked in the NHS payroll department, where he will be greatly missed by his colleagues.

Joanne, Amber and Stuart’s family are now raising money to give him the send-off he deserves. They set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for his funeral.

To donate to Stuart’s funeral on the GoFundMe page, visit the site here.

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