Sad news as brain tumour sufferer Gary Marshall loses his fight for life.

TRIBUTES are pouring in following the death of Ilfracombe man Gary Marshall this morning (Tuesday).

He was diagnosed with an aggressive malignant brain tumour in January aged just 54, prompting friends and family to launch a fund raising appeal for alternative treatment only available in America.

The sad news of the former fire fighter’s death was posted at lunchtime on the Gary’s Brain Tumour Appeal Facebook page, saying: “It is with great sadness that Gary lost his fight against cancer this morning at 8.30 am.

“We would like to thank everyone who has supported this year through the extremely tough times including Yes to Life charity who will gain from many peoples kindness.”

The message said Gary’s funeral is at St Brannocks Church on Monday, December 23 at 11am, followed by a committal at North Devon Crematorium.

It finished: “Gary was an amazing husband, father, son and brother. Our loss is the angels’ gain. God bless xx.”

The Gazette told in March how former John Fowler Holidays sales manager Gary and his wife Michele were determined to beat the disease after doctors told them even with chemo and radiotherapy he would have only six to 12 months to live.

They discovered the Burzynski Clinic in Texas, which offers hope to terminal cancer sufferers, but the cost of the alternative treatment is around £90,000 a year and it is not available on the NHS.

Gary said he was determined to be positive as friends, family and total strangers rallied around to organise a host of fund raising events.

That support has continued, with numerous tributes on Facebook today. Jo Loveland wrote: “I’m very, very sad and sorry to hear this - I looked after Gary last year, he was a kind, sweet man who put up a strong brave fight. My thoughts are with his wife and children at this sad time.”

Janet Oaten said: “My thoughts are with you all, what a wonderful guy he was and it was a privilege to help him to and from his appointments.”

Sonia Wright-Stainton Was Budden: “My thoughts and prayers are with you all, he’s a gent and a very brave man. RIP Gary.”

Daisy Steer-Fowler: “So sorry to hear this, love to you all, RIP Gary xx.”