Outgoing, the life and soul of the party and a big kid – these are some of the tributes paid to a fun-loving man who lost his brave battle with cancer.
Courageous Darren Scott maintained his sense of humour and positivity during his tragically short fight with the disease.
Diagnosed with gastric cancer at the end of October, the 45-year-old from Alnwick passed away at home on January 4, surrounded by his loved ones.
The father-of-two, who was originally from Shilbottle, is fondly remembered by those who knew him.
His partner of eight years, Joanna Ridley, said: “He was fun to be around and he brought a smile to everyone’s faces.
“Even after he was diagnosed with cancer, he was strong and still had his sense of humour.”
Darren was discharged from hospital at the end of November and was able to spend Christmas and New Year with his family.
Joanna said: “It was brilliant having him home for Christmas.
“He didn’t like being in hospital and he was more comfortable at his sister’s house.
“We had two Christmasses, one in November and one on Christmas Day.”
Darren also leaves behind his children, Nathan Brown, 22, and Kayleigh Palmer and her fiancé Michael Mouzon, both 27, his parents Joyce and Russell Wright, and sisters Collette Wright, 32, Lisa Scott, 41, and Claire Scott, 42.
He had two grandchildren – Maddison Palmer, eight, and Kane Palmer, 12.
Collette said: “Darren was the life and soul of the party. He was a big kid. Everyone called him Peter Pan.”
Darren loved the outdoors and had a passion for sports such as snowboarding, rock climbing and kiteboarding. He was a keen fisherman and also enjoyed scuba diving.
Darren worked as a rope access technician – a job which took him both near and far, including overseas to Milan.
He was thrilled when he passed the IRATA (Industrial Rope Access Trade Association) Level 3 course in October.
Mourners paid their respects to Darren at his funeral last week, at St James’ Church, in Shilbottle.
A barbecue with sticky ribs took place in his memory at the Oddfellows Arms, in Alnwick.
One of Darren’s friends, Dale Trotter, organised a car wash in Alnwick to raise money for the funeral.
It was well attended and collected more than £1,000 for the cause.
Dale, 21, said: “He will be sadly missed. The dance floor at Penny Black won’t be the same without him.”
Thanks have been given to everyone who supported the event and gave donations to the cause.