02:32AM, Thursday 12 July 2012
The wife of powerlifter Lee Price has paid tribute to her 'selfless' and 'wonderful' husband following his death from cancer aged 42.
Tara Price has expressed her pride in the way the man she married only seven months ago battled the disease.
Lee passed away at home in Reeve Road on Monday last week having been diagnosed with inoperable pancreatic cancer in October.
"He was such a brave person," she said. "I would have run for the hills if it had been me."
The 33-year-old met Lee five years ago when they worked at a bar in Acton.
She said he disliked her at first but they eventually became inseparable.
"That's what makes it so hard," she said. "This is the longest I've spent not speaking to him."
The pair got engaged about three years ago and decided to marry when they received the devastating news of Lee's illness.
Overwhelming public support meant they were able to tie the knot on December 3.
But honeymoon plans to go to the TT Racing on the Isle of Man - something Lee always wanted to do - had to be cancelled when he was hospitalised.
Lee was a huge Arsenal fan and loved music, returning to his old DJ-ing hobby while he was ill.
He also leaves a step-daughter, Danielle Naughton, 22, daughters Ruby-Leigh, 16, and Alexis-Leigh, four, and 20-month-old Staffordshire terrier Fudge.
If Lee was here now, Tara said: "I think he'd tell people to relish every minute. And don't moan about silly little things."
She wants people to remember the courage he showed during his illness.
"He never gave up but his body just didn't want to co-operate," she said.
His funeral is set to take place tomorrow at All Saints Church in Dedworth Road, Windsor, from 2.30pm, with a wake at Hanover Way Community Centre.
Former Windsor Boys' School pupil Lee was well known for organising annual powerlifting tournament the Powerthon at SportsAble.
Over the years he raised £30,000 for charity.
One of his last DJ-ing gigs was a charity event for Great Ormond Street Hospital at Bird Hills Golf Club.
A Facebook group called Lumpy's Last Laughs was set up while he was ill and Tara is hoping to establish it as charity to help people with pancreatic cancer have their last wishes.
She is selling wristbands adorned with the words 'lift big for Lee Lumpy Price' for £3.50 to carry on his fundraising legacy.
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