Wife hails ‘a sad end to a beautiful love story’

Nicky, Molly and Craig Davenport on their wedding day earlier this month. Photo: www.irisphotographygrantham.co.uk

Nicky, Molly and Craig Davenport on their wedding day earlier this month. Photo: www.irisphotographygrantham.co.uk

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A WIFE has paid tribute to her husband after he tragically died just two weeks after their wedding.

Nicky Davenport, of Wentworth Drive, Grantham, described the death of her husband Craig this week as “a sad end to a beautiful love story”.

The Journal told two weeks ago how the couple, who have a three-year-old daughter called Molly, were able to go ahead with their wedding in spite of Craig’s battle against stomach cancer, thanks to the help and support of staff at Grantham Hospital.

However, on Tuesday - just 17 days after they were married - Craig passed away.

Nicky said: “He just deteriorated. Completely deteriorated. There was not much more they could do with him.

“But I am glad we got to say our goodbyes and he got to say goodbye to the people he loved. He got to see Molly and have kisses and cuddles every day.”

Craig, 33, used to play cricket for Barrowby and was a ex-member of the darts team at the Railway Club.

He enjoyed golf and cricket, had recently taken up fishing and loved his German shepherd rescue dog Sasha.

Nicky said: “It’s still hard to believe he is not here. I still think he is going to walk in and ask what’s for tea.

“It’s going to take a lot of getting used to.”

The couple had been together for eight years. They began their relationship when Nicky was working in Argos and recognised Craig when he walked in.

She rang his mother to ask for his phone number and it continued from there.

The funeral will be held at Grantham Crematorium at 11.45am on Friday, September 2, and all are invited to go along. People are asked not to bring flowers but to make any donations to St Barnabas Hospice in Grantham.

Nicky would like to thank everyone at Grantham Hospital, particularly the staff in the emergency assessment unit, for all their support.

She said: “Everyone was absolutely brilliant and so supportive. They really went that extra mile for us.

“We could not have asked for anything better.”

Nicky said her and Craig’s three-year-old daughter, Molly, has been the “most sensible and the strongest” of everyone in the family.

Molly said: “Daddy is a star in the sky now.”