TRIBUTES have poured in for a ‘fun loving family man’ who lost his fight against cancer at the age of 41.
Craig Hudson, known to his many friends as Ken, died in Kirkwood Hospice after a long fight against liver and pancreatic cancer.
His family and friends have spoken fondly of a man who would always put others before himself, and loved nothing more than a Saturday night spent with his wife Erica, stepson Sam, 14, son Annan, six, and three-year-old Jess.
“He was a real hands-on dad and a family man,” Erica said.
“He loved being at home with me and the kids, chopping wood for the fire.”
Craig was born on December 19, 1969, and spent his early life living in Batley, before moving to Moor Lane, in Gomersal, in 1979.
He attended Gomersal Middle School and then Whitcliffe Mount, leaving school to train as a builder. He also played football for numerous local sides.
Oliver Shaw, friend of more than 15 years, met Craig in his younger days when he enjoyed travelling up and down the country to attend ‘raves’.
“He lived life to the full. He was a different person when I met him but he met Erica at the right time when he was ready to settle down,” he said.
“I will remember the way he would stop whatever he was doing to help anyone and he would never ask for anything back.”
Craig was diagnosed with liver and pancreatic cancer in July this year. The pain forced him to leave the construction trade, so he started his own window cleaning business covering Upper Batley and Tingley.
After his diagnosis, Craig’s friends and family rallied around and raised an astonishing £16,000 to pay for alternative therapy at a clinic in Southampton.
He was also involved in fundraising efforts for fellow cancer sufferer Bev Dransfield.
The treatment was a partial success, but his condition then deteriorated and Craig was admitted Kirkwood Hospice where he spent several weeks before he died.
“The support for the fundraiser we had was overwhelming.
“I knew he had lots of friends, but the amount that was raised just proved it,” said Erica.
“Also, the support we got from Kirkwood Hospice was absolutely amazing.”
Craig died at the hospice on October 21 and his funeral was attended by 400 people.