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Tributes paid to 22-year-old Conor Murphy from Bourne

A young man described as a ‘legend’ who lived life to the full has died from a rare form of cancer.

Conor Murphy, 22, astounded nurses at Addenbrooke’s Hospital because he maintained such a positive attitude throughout his three-and-a-half year illness.

The former Bourne Town footballer underwent strong chemotherapy treatment for Ewing’s sarcoma, which caused tumours affecting his spine and lungs, but that didn’t knock his passion for life.

Conor’s mum, Angela, said: “He would be in hospital from Monday to Friday, and the nurses’ mouths would be agape because Conor would stay up late to watch films in the social room and order take-aways.

“The chemotherapy he had would usually make patients feel too poorly and weak to be up and about wanting food.

“I would pick Conor up to bring him home for the weekends and he would be messaging friends to make plans. They would stay out until the small hours and they even went on lads holidays to Kavos and Magaluf.

“I can’t praise his friends enough - they have been amazing. They kept him going and because Conor was so positive and strong, that kept me strong too.”

Conor, who lived at The Pollards in Bourne, had a younger brother, Matthew and older sister, Cara. A former Bourne Abbey Primary and Bourne Academy pupil, he went on to study public services and worked as a barman and waiter at the Haycock Hotel in Wansford.

Zak Munton, 21, said: "Conor was always laughing and joking and he made friends feel happy - he never let us feel bad about his illness. He was the first one out on an evening and the last one home and really did live life to the full.

"He had left a massive void in our group of friends and he will be missed so much."

Conor’s final night out with friends was on January 27 at a steakhouse in Peterborough. He died just 10 days later.

Footballers observed a minute’s silence before Bourne Town Football Club’s kick off on Saturday.

A funeral service will be held at Bourne Abbey Church on February 27, followed by a celebration of Conor’s life at Bourne Corn Exchange.

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