THE daughter of a cancer patient who died after a hospital fall has paid tribute to her “proud” father.
Great-grandfather Albert Jones died after a series of falls while a patient at Wrexham Maelor Hospital.
At an inquest yesterday at a coroner’s court at County Hall, Ruthin a conclusion of accidental death was recorded.
The 77-year-old from Connah’s Quay was originally taken to hospital after injuring his face when he tripped while walking to catch a bus.
The retired steelworker, who was already receiving regular chemotherapy sessions for bone marrow cancer, then suffered up to five more falls while in hospital, and the final accident killed him, said his daughter, Karen Bibby, 53, who attended the inquest in Ruthin.
She said the past nine months had been agonising for the family as they waited for an inquest into Mr Jones’ death.
“It has been a big shadow since them and it’s a relief it’s over,” she said.
“I can just leave him to rest now. “He’s really missed. He’s greatly missed by all the family and especially his brothers and sisters.
“We would like to thank all family and friends for all their support. We have had a lot of people helping us.”
She said her father was a well known and popular figure in Connah’s Quay, where he was born and raised. “He was a well-known fast bowler, playing for Connah’s Quay,” said Ms Bibby.
“He also played football for Connah’s Quay when he was younger and loved playing golf – he was a big sport fan.
“There were a lot of people from the cricket club at his funeral as well as ex-workers from the steelworks.
“My dad was a very proud man, family wise, and loved doting on his great-grandchildren.”
Mr Jones worked at Shotton Steelworks for his entire working life, and was married to Hazel, now 73.
Ms Bibby said: “He met her in the old Half Way Cafe in Connah’s Quay.
“They used to go, a big gang of them with their friends and the first time he laid eyes on her he said he would marry her.
“It would have been their 55th wedding anniversary in December this year.”
At the time of his death, a post-mortem examination revealed Mr Jones had suffered a bleed on the brain caused by a fall.
Coroner for North Wales East and Central John Gittins said the cancer would also have contributed to Mr Jones’s death.