Loving Ash loses his fight

Ash Wynne.
Ash Wynne.

A larger-than-life man who always saw the best in others has died from cancer aged 63.

Ashley Wynne, known as Ash, had been in business in Alnwick for the last 40 years, and ran the carpet shop on Narrowgate and before that Fenkle Street.

He was a keen sportsman and played rugby for Alnwick as well as squash and golf and made numerous friends through the years.

Ash, who lived at Foxton, was diagnosed with melanoma 11 years ago and was one of the longest-surviving sufferers of the disease.

But three weeks ago he took a turn for the worse and lost his battle with the disease last Tuesday.

Wife Sheilagh said: “Ash never judged anyone and always thought everybody has something to give.

“When he moved to Northumberland he fell in love with the county. He thought it was just wonderful, the community, the people and everything. He just loved it.

“He had a sense of belonging here and made many, many friends. He will be deeply missed by everyone.”

Ash had two children, Emma and Leon, and two grandchildren, Ella, 19 months, and William.

Leon said: “He was larger than life, very determined and very generous and had time for everyone. He was always there to listen and he was very honest in his answers.

“There were no frills with him, but that is what was so lovely about him.

“He was very, very private about his illness and we weren’t allowed to say anything to anyone about it. In the end it was all very quick which is what he was like, going at a hundred miles-an-hour, that was how he wanted to do it.”

Emma added: “He was an amazing, unique man. People like my dad don’t come on this planet very often.”

The flag at Alnwick Rugby Club flew at half-mast on Saturday as a tribute to Ash.

He joined the club in the late 1970s and made his mark as a back-row forward.

Leon and Sheilagh will be carrying on the family business on Narrowgate and the shop re-opens tomorrow.