A loving husband, dad and grandad from Sheffield knocked down and killed outside a country pub was battling to beat cancer, his heartbroken wife has revealed.
Bob Humberstone had just enjoyed a drink and a sandwich with an old workmate, with whom he met up once every week, when he died.
The 68-year-old father-of-two had been determined to overcome the cancer he developed last May, and had undergone surgery and weeks of gruelling chemotherapy.
He had just started a course of radiotherapy when he was struck outside The Ladybower Inn on the A57 at Bamford.
His wife and childhood sweetheart Brenda – who he met when they were both aged just seven – said: “He was really fighting the cancer hard, so to lose him like this is devastating, because he was so determined.
“We initially worried he would not survive the surgery because he had a poor heart. But he came through that, had chemotherapy for 18 weeks, and had just started radiotherapy two days before he died.”
Brenda, aged 69, described Bob as a ‘devoted and proud grandad’ to grandsons Jonathan, 15, 14-year-old Jack and George, 12. He helped the brothers with their homework every night after school.
The lifelong Sheffield Wednesday supporter also spent his retirement helping son Graham, 42, run his newsagents and off licence at Sheffield Lane Top.
And he had spent the last six months supporting elder son John, 46, a deputy headteacher, who is also battling cancer.
Once a week he met up with a former colleague, who he met while working as an estimator at Davy Engineering in Darnall, for a drink at The Ladybower.
Brenda, who fought cancer herself 30 years ago, said: “He enjoyed going once a week for a chat with his friend who he met at work. They had done it for years.
“He had been serving customers in Graham’s shop a couple of hours beforehand, because he liked to help and to be kept busy.
“As well as helping the boys with their homework for a couple of hours every day, he would help Graham sort the newspapers in the morning, he would help with the accounts and he would often pop across just to help out serving too.”
Brenda said it felt ‘cruel’ to have lost her soulmate.
She said: “He was a lovely man - he lived for his family.
“He would always put others first and even when he was having chemotherapy he would still pop over to the shop to help.
“We met as children and have been together ever since, there was never anyone else.
“I feel like the other half of me has gone.”
Bob had overcome a mastectomy after being diagnosed with breast cancer, and donations made in his memory will go to Sheffield’s Weston Park Cancer Hospital.
His funeral is at Grenoside Crematorium’s South Chapel on Monday, March 31, at 2.30pm.
Police investigations into the crash are still ongoing.
Mr Humberstone was pronounced dead at the scene after being knocked down by a Honda CRV driven by a 76-year-old man, who was unhurt.
His inquest is expected to be held later this year.