Caring Blackburn father-of-two loses lifelong illness battle

Samuel Taylor, an avid Spurs fan, had suffered from Crohn’s disease since he was a child. He was diagnosed with bowel cancer two-and-a-half years ago.

Samuel Taylor, an avid Spurs fan, had suffered from Crohn’s disease since he was a child. He was diagnosed with bowel cancer two-and-a-half years ago.

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A FATHER-of-two, described by his family as funny and caring, has lost his fight against bowel cancer, aged 31.

Battling Sam Taylor, who was known as Sambo by family and friends, had suffered from Crohn’s disease since he was a child.

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The condition, which affects the digestive system causing terrible pain, left Sam with an increased risk of developing bowel cancer, and the former Newfield All Stars under-sevens football coach received the devastating diagnosis two- and-a-half years ago.

But his sister, Wilma, said former Longshaw Junior School pupil Sam, of Silverdale Close in Blackburn’s Higher Croft, always maintained his dry sense of humour.

The 28-year-old mother-of-two said: “He always had a smile on his face even though he was weak all the time. We could not make plans for anything because we never knew what pain he might be in.

“There were times he would be in bed all day but he was kind-hearted and everybody loved him. His sons were his world.”

His mum, Sharon, 54, added: “He was never in any bother and he was a brilliant son.”

After being diagnosed with cancer, Sam, who leaves sons Finlay, seven, and Alfie, three, underwent numerous operations which included one to remove his bowel.

But in February, he started to feel unwell again and after tests, it was discovered the cancer had spread to his small bowel. After more surgery and a stay in the intensive care unit at Royal Blackburn Hospital, doctors found he also had a tumour in his stomach wall. The former Darwen Vale pupil then received the devastating news that his condition was terminal and he went into East Lancashire Hospice. Soon after, his stomach perforated and he died from septi- caemia on Wednesday.

His father, Sammy, praised the hospice staff and nurses at the hospital.

Sam, who had never been able to work because of his condition, was an avid Tottenham Hotspur fan and took lessons in how to become a jockey.

The family said Sam was very keen to raise awareness of his condition and all donations at his funeral, at Pleasington Cemetery on Wednesday at 1pm, will go to East Lancashire Hospice.

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10:48am Mon 21 Jul 14

Dead Sun Rising says...

Too young. What a waste of life. Rest peacefully fella.
Too young. What a waste of life. Rest peacefully fella. Dead Sun Rising
  • Score: 36

11:27am Mon 21 Jul 14

cathedral citi says...

with such a debilitating disease since childhood, only for it to turn cancerous! How awful........

Rest in peace, young man.
with such a debilitating disease since childhood, only for it to turn cancerous! How awful........ Rest in peace, young man. cathedral citi
  • Score: 41

12:19pm Mon 21 Jul 14

thoroughbred says...

R.I.P young man, We said hello at the hospice a few times, but still a shock.
R.I.P young man, We said hello at the hospice a few times, but still a shock. thoroughbred
  • Score: 31

1:56pm Mon 21 Jul 14

noddy57 says...

So sad to see a father die so young leaving his sons behind . Some of us just don,t know how lucky we are when you see what life has dealt this young man. We take so much for granted and never appreciate what we have. R I P Sambo.
So sad to see a father die so young leaving his sons behind . Some of us just don,t know how lucky we are when you see what life has dealt this young man. We take so much for granted and never appreciate what we have. R I P Sambo. noddy57
  • Score: 40

3:45pm Mon 21 Jul 14

shawboyz says...

My heart goes out to all his family, so young and so much to live for. My dad died of bowel cancer and my son has crohn's disease and i know just how bad this illness is, my son has a permanent ileostomy and is doing well now but the side effects to this illness is heart breaking, I hope one day they find a cure for Crohn's and cancer. My thoughts and heart go out to his family, his wife and his children, so very very sad and so very young. god bless and rest in peace free from the pain. X
My heart goes out to all his family, so young and so much to live for. My dad died of bowel cancer and my son has crohn's disease and i know just how bad this illness is, my son has a permanent ileostomy and is doing well now but the side effects to this illness is heart breaking, I hope one day they find a cure for Crohn's and cancer. My thoughts and heart go out to his family, his wife and his children, so very very sad and so very young. god bless and rest in peace free from the pain. X shawboyz
  • Score: 31

5:03pm Mon 21 Jul 14

CLW says...

Amazing, caring, funny and genuine lad. To young to go, my heart goes out to all your family, 2 little boys and all your friends at this sad time. Life is so cruel and you've been taken far to soon. Gone but never ever forgotten always in our hearts. R.I.P Sambo xxxxxxx
Amazing, caring, funny and genuine lad. To young to go, my heart goes out to all your family, 2 little boys and all your friends at this sad time. Life is so cruel and you've been taken far to soon. Gone but never ever forgotten always in our hearts. R.I.P Sambo xxxxxxx CLW
  • Score: 25

10:31pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Tonimellor says...

Thank you everyone for your kind words .. My family and I really appreciate all the nice things you are saying about sambo 💕
Thank you everyone for your kind words .. My family and I really appreciate all the nice things you are saying about sambo 💕 Tonimellor
  • Score: 16

3:42am Tue 22 Jul 14

englishmuslim says...

Rest in peace pal.
Rest in peace pal. englishmuslim
  • Score: 10

1:31pm Wed 23 Jul 14

donnamc1976 says...

I am a chrohns disease sufferer, I have it very bad so can understand the pain, I also have 2 children, reading this is so sad, you are an inspiration to people like myself and a hero in so many people's eyes x my love to your family x RIP young man x
I am a chrohns disease sufferer, I have it very bad so can understand the pain, I also have 2 children, reading this is so sad, you are an inspiration to people like myself and a hero in so many people's eyes x my love to your family x RIP young man x donnamc1976
  • Score: 2

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