Sorry to announce this way, but this is to pass the news as quickly as we can without too many phone calls. Kath sadly died on the morning of Thursday 5th May, in Accident and Emergency at the Manchester Royal Infirmary. She was very breathless in the night and we called an ambulance. The initial diagnosis was that she had a chest infection, which they thought would be fine to treat with intravenous antibiotics, but she went downhill very quickly and passed away at about 10:45am. Pete and I were both with her at the time. It was very quick and she did not have unnecessary prolonged suffering or pain. There will be a post mortem which the GP thinks will show that the cancer had spread and that was what the main cause of death rather than a chest infection.
I will post details of funeral once we have made arrangements. You can imagine we are naturally pretty shocked, since she had been reasonably well, although not as well as people might have thought from her upbeat blog. We cannot make any firm arrangements until after the result of the post mortem which will likely be late next week.
It seems fitting that Kath should pass away on election day and having cast her vote already by postal ballot. She would have been very pleased with the results in Manchester. Thanks to Cllr Hughes for his tribute to Kath - Newly-elected Gorton North Labour Councillor John Hughes added: “I am dedicating this victory to former Labour councillor Kath Fry who died of cancer yesterday.” (see here - last paragraph) and Councillor Peter Cookson for the same (according to Twitter).
Being Kath's children we'll be up front and ask you not to send any flowers or other gifts of condolence (well cakes are OK) but we plan to ask for donations instead to go to Friends of Ghyll Head, which was a cause very close to her heart. I have enabled comments for people with Gmail accounts on the blog, so we are happy if you wish to leave messages here.