Dad who married only a few months to live dies after winning hearts across Merseyside


Tributes poured in after the death of a Wirral father who lost his long battle with a particularly aggressive form of cancer.

Independent plasterer Alan Birch captured the hearts of thousands of ECHO readers when we told his story earlier this year.

The 37-year-old father, 37, from Moreton, had 90% of his tongue removed when he was diagnosed with oral cancer in 2018.

Seven-year-old dad Alan Birch worked as a freelance plasterer

Despite the radiation and chemotherapy Alan underwent, the cancer returned each time and the specialists told his devastated family that there was nothing more they could do for him.

The news is even more shocking because Alan leads a healthy and active life and neither drinks nor smokes.

Although he knew he had only a short time to live, the LFC fan accepted his cruel fate with courage and dignity.

In February, he married longtime partner Debbie McDonough in a moving ceremony attended by family and friends.

Alan Birch, who was diagnosed with terminal oral cancer, signed the marriage register with his longtime partner – now wife – Debbie McDonough

Many tributes were paid after news of Alan’s death was shared on his Facebook page on Thursday.

James Livingstone wrote, “RIP Alan Birch, I can’t believe you won your wings so early.

“Alan your battle is over and you can finally rest. You made yourself and yours is proud. Now it’s time to rest, son.

“My thoughts are with Debbie, the children and the rest of the family. Such a loss. What a great guy he was. “

Lee Bennett wrote, “Very sad to hear that my partner Alan Birch passed away today. Sweet dreams, you fought. “

Jodie Bennett said, “I feel so sad to hear the news that Alan Birch has passed away.

Alan Birch and his wife Debbie at their wedding

“I spoke to Debbie Birch at all hours recently and I hated seeing you two fight so hard.

“Cancer is the absolute worst, but being caught so young is heartbreaking. “

Sharon Upton said, “So sad, life is not fair. I only met him a few times, a lovely guy. My heart goes to his family. “

Debbie wiping a tear as she exchanges vows with Alan Birch at their wedding in February

Reece Wharton wrote, “I can’t believe I’m saying goodbye to you. Thank you very much for teaching me all of my plastering skills. Thank you for everything you did for my mom when she was hospitalized. I will forever appreciate everything you have done. ”

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Chantelle Hughes said: “Fly high, you fought well, you gave everything, watch over your lovely wife and beautiful children. We will take good care of them until we meet again, fly high “


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