“I WAS lucky to have loved such a special man” – a devastated Creswell wife said this week after her car-mad husband lost his battle with cancer just two days before Christmas Day.
Carl Whiting, 44, of Oaks Avenue, passed away at home on 23rd December, surrounded by his family, wife Susan and two children Jordan and Katy – just five months after being diagnosed with oesophagal cancer.
Susan, 49, described Carl as a “perfect” and “devoted” husband and father who would do anything for anyone and said his death has left a huge and painful hole in their lives.
“I always called Carl my special man. I have lost my dad, mum and sister, but I never thought I could feel so much pain as this. I never felt so much love for someone such as Carl – he loved me unconditionally.”
The couple met in a Worksop pub in 1988, and soon fell in love, marrying on 12th June 1993. Tragedy struck two years later when Susan’s sister Annette passed away, leaving behind 13-year-old daughter Joanne.
Said Susan: “Carl just took her on and never gave up. Joanne treated him as a dad and he treated her like a daugher, and she is still very close to us all today.”
Susan and Carl thought they could never have children, but were overjoyed to have Jordan in 1996, followed by Katy three years later.
“Carl adored his kids and was extremely family-orientated. He loved taking Jordan to air shows and Katy was a proper daddy’s girl – she always describes him as her best friend,” she said.
Carl, who worked as a service engineer at Magna Tool Hire in Worksop, was a car enthusiast and was rarely seen without a copy of Auto Trader under his arm.
“He was crazy about Subaru Imprezas and must have had over 100 cars – he was never satisfied with the one he had and was always on the lookout for a new one.”
Floral tributes in the shape of a blue Subaru adorned his coffin at his funeral - held at St Mary Magdalene Church, Creswell on 11th January, followed by cremation at Brimington Crematorium.
Said Susan: “Carl was the best thing that ever happened to me and the children really looked up to him - Jordan wanted to see him progress in the RAF and Katy wanted him to walk her down the aisle. We miss him so much.”