A grieving mum has paid tribute to the son who lost his brave battle with cancer, calling him her “hero”.
Robert Marshall (21) from Avonbridge passed away on Sunday in Strathcarron Hospice after fighting the disease since it was first diagnosed in his left leg in 2010, shortly after he had been accepted to join the royal Navy for a career as an engineer.
The cancer returned in both his lungs early in 2012 and he underwent chemotherapy and operations to remove multiple tumours. He was in remission for a year before it was discovered again and, in September, doctors told the devastated family his illness was terminal.
Robert fought his illness bravely keeping a positive outlook on life. He raised money for cancer charities with his family ‘Team Marshall’, travelled the world and got engaged to childhood sweetheart Kerri Graham, who was by his side throughout his ordeal. He was given the honour of carrying the 2012 Olympic torch when it passed through Falkirk and received a bravery award from Central FM.
Mum Carole said: “He was the most inspirational person I have ever known. He was my hero. Throughout his battle he never once complained and always had a beautiful smile.
“Kerri is devastated too. She was a rock for us. She will always be part of our family.
“We called ourselves Team Marshall for the Olympic torch parade because we were all in it together. He was an amazing person who lived his life to the full.”
Robert’s funeral takes place at 10 a.m. today (Friday) in Co-operative Funeralcare, Kerse Lane, Falkirk, before a burial at Grandsable Cemetery in Polmont. Mourners are welcome to attend a celebration of his life in The Craig Lee, Reddingmuirhead afterwards.
Robert’s Facebook page was inundated with farewell messages.
Amy White said: “You’ll never realise just how much you’re going to be missed. Everyone loves you!! Brightest star in the sky!!”
David Maxwell posted: “Robert you will always be a survivor in our hearts. Some battles just can’t be won .. Rest easy , RIP”
Kerry Morton wrote: “RIP Robert, never ever saw you without that huge smile on your face! Will be sadly missed by many, Sleep tight”