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Lowestoft man robbed of final Christmas

PUBLISHED: 09:43 12 December 2008 | UPDATED: 22:00 05 July 2010

A MAN who died following an alleged attack near his home was suffering from terminal cancer and preparing to spend an emotional last Christmas surrounded by his loving family.

A MAN who died following an alleged attack near his home was suffering from terminal cancer and preparing to spend an emotional last Christmas surrounded by his loving family.

John Vry, 55, was told in June that he may only have three to six months to live, but he was still leading an active life in the weeks leading up to his tragic death.

The married father-of-three was looking forward to spending his last Christmas with his family in Lowestoft, but now they are waiting to say their final goodbyes at his funeral, following his death last week.

Mr Vry, who was suffering from bowel cancer, was found with serious head injuries in an alleyway, off London Road South, Lowestoft, at about 10.30pm last Wednesday, December 3.

He was taken to the James Paget University Hospital, in Gorleston, but lost his fight for life the following day.

Mr Vry's 23-year-old daughter Wendy Vry, said: “We were planning a family Christmas with everyone coming home, but now that's not going to happen.

“It has just devastated us; we didn't get to say our goodbyes and that is what has hurt the family the most. Christmas is going to be a difficult time now.

Former electrician and newsagent Mr Vry lived in London Road South with his wife Valerie, 51, and son John, 22. Daughter Victoria, 26, has been studying for a PhD in Australia, while Wendy works as a teacher in Kent.

Mr Vry had gone out to buy some chips and cigars shortly before he was found lying in the alleyway, near the Royal Court Hotel. His son rushed to the scene before Mr Vry was taken to hospital.

“My dad briefly regained consciousness and squeezed my brother's hand, but he didn't wake up after that,” said Wendy, who was with her father when he died.

She added: “I saw him going on for a good few months. Apart from picking up a few bugs, he was absolutely fine and was carrying on with life as normal.

“He was a very loving man. He didn't talk a lot, but when he had something to say, you listened.”

Wendy also praised the staff at the James Paget University Hospital, where her mother works, for the way they treated her father.

The family is still waiting for the go-ahead to organise Mr Vry's funeral.

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