Tributes have been paid to a loving dad who died on his trip of a lifetime to Australia, after his family followed him around the world to be with him in his precious final days.
Philip Haworth, of Manchester Road, Accrington, was diagnosed with terminal bowel cancer seven months ago, and in March decided to fly ‘Down Under’ with his wife Jackie to visit friends.
The college tutor felt ‘fine’ and it was not known at the time how long he had left when he flew to Melbourne with his wife Jackie - but tragedy struck when he took a turn for the worse and Australian medics gave him just days to live.
When his family found out, they were on a plane the same afternoon.
Philip’s sisters Julie and Maxine, his brother Steven, his son Robert with his girlfriend Shannon and his step-daughter Emma arrived in Australia on April 1.
Philip passed away on April 9, but not before the family shared a few final moments together.
Philip, 52, was not supposed to leave his hospital bed without notice, but the family managed to ‘sneak’ him out so they could enjoy some precious time together.
Philip’s son Robert, 18, said: “The nicest day was when he wanted to go to this place in Melbourne. There was a bit of a market and a fair. He really wanted to go on the cable cars. That was one of the best days.”
The family stayed with friends Beryl and Donald Forbes on a farm outside Melbourne.
"After Philip’s death, they held a ceremony at the farm and many people he had met on his holiday showed up.
Robert said: “Even though they only knew him for a month, they were talking about him like they had known him for years. He always liked to talk to people and got along with everyone.”
Philip, who was brought up in Helmshore, taught construction at Accrington and Rossendale College and later maths and English at North Lancashire Training Group.
His big passion was music and he wrote many songs together with Robert. He loved the outdoors, where he could often be found walking his dog Buster for hours on end. His family also described him as very enthusiastic and excitable.
Philip’s sister Julie, 57, said: “He was always on the go and always doing something new.”
Philip’s family will hold a celebration of his life at Rossendale Golf Club on Sunday, May 10, from 1.30pm. Friends and colleagues are welcome.