Family in mourning as son dies from swine flu

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A STANTON couple are mourning their son who died from swine flu after a month-long battle with the disease.

Barry ‘Bazza’ Fincham, 37, from Fordhams Close, in Stanton, became ill with flu on Boxing Day and was admitted to West Suffolk Hospital on New Year’s Eve.

He was sedated for most of his stay and died on Sunday, soon after suffering a collapsed lung.

A spokeswoman for West Suffolk Hospital confirmed that Barry had died from complications with swine flu.

“He died very peacefully, it was almost beautiful – he just slipped away,” said his mother, Sheila.

His family said Barry was ‘a caring boy’ who looked after his partially disabled mother and was dedicated to his job as a cleaner at Multiyork Furniture Ltd, in Thetford.

He worked for the company for 15 years and in November received a long service award in recognition of his commitment.

His father Roy said: “We expected him to be here forever – we expected him to look after us when we got old. He’s going to leave a big hole in our lives.”

Yesterday was Barry’s birthday, a day he had always shared with his twin brother, Shaun.

Speaking on Wednesday, Shaun said: “It’s going to be my first one ever without him – it’s going to be hard. I’m not sure how I’m going to deal with it yet. He will be sorely missed.”

Barry, nicknamed Bazza, was a ‘huge’ Ipswich Town Football Club fan and was renowned for having ‘a great sense of humour’ and ‘a wicked laugh’.

On Facebook, Barry’s work colleagues and friends have left many messages.

One reads: “I am going to miss your loud belly laughs when we used to share banter. You never had a bad word to say about anyone. You will always be remembered with fondness.”

Another refers to him as ‘the nicest and kindest fella I have ever known’.

“Bazza, such a gentle kind soul. It will never be the same without you around. Thanks for your years of friendship. You’ve left a hole at Multiyork that no one else can fill,” says another.

Barry was a former pupil at Hopton Primary School, Stanton Middle School, Thurston Upper School and West Suffolk College.

Dr Brian Keeble, from NHS Suffolk, said: “People should not underestimate the effects of flu.

“It is not like catching a cold. Those people in high risk categories, including pregnant women, people aged over 65 and those with respiratory conditions should contact their GP for a free vaccination. Good hygiene, including washing your hands regularly with hot water and soap, especially before touching food, is really important.”

A funeral service will be held for Barry at Market Weston Church on February 16, at 11.30am.

All are welcome to attend.

For more details, contact Rackhams Funeral Service on 01379 642321.