Family’s tribute to young Trowbridge dad after he loses battle with cancer
12:30pm Saturday 17th August 2013 in Latest News
The parents of Trowbridge dad Matt Hoskins, who died of cancer last week, have paid tribute to the son they described as a hero.
Mr Hoskins, 32, of Brook Road, Trowbridge , died last Saturday at the Royal United Hospital in Bath, three months after he was diagnosed with brain cancer.
He leaves his wife Laura and their 15-month-old daughter Freya.
Born in Trowbridge, he lived in Calne and West Lavington, and studied sports management at Trowbridge College and then in Taunton. He worked at Warminster Sports Centre, and at Sureset Paving, before becoming a warehouse supervisor for Warminster-based furniture manufac- turer Aspace.
His father, Reverend Hugh Hoskins, the former rector of Pewsey said: “He was very outgoing, he had many, many friends.
“When he was in hospital he was given a special room for his friends to visit, and some days he had 28 people there at once. He was very popular, and a great fighter for good.”
A keen athlete, he ran the Bath Half Marathon, and was a regular swimmer. He also served as a retained firefighter in Warminster.
His funeral will take place at St James’ Church in Trowbridge on Friday August 23, where he was married three years ago, in a service conducted by his father.
His mother Alison Hoskins said: “He was our hero. Throughout his diagnosis and treatment he was so brave, always managing to stay positive in his outlook and keep his sense of humour.”
Former schoolfriend Rob Janes is tackling a three-day cycle from London to Paris with two others, in memory of Matt to raise money for the RUH Forever Friends Appeal.
Donations can be made via www.cafonline.org/charity profile/bcusg, and a collection will be taken at the funeral for Dorothy House Hospice.
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