COURAGEOUS Malcolm Cain was determined to scale a Lake District fell even though he was battling lung cancer.
Last month, the former ambulance-man and St John’s Ambulance volunteer, from Lode Lane, lost a four-year battle with the illness.
His wife, Mary, said that in spite of his condition, he’d wanted to climb the 451 metres to the top of Catbells.
She described the 67-year-old as “a caring man, who didn’t have a bad word to say about anybody”.
The father-of-two worked with West Midlands Ambulance Service for 28 years and was involved with St John’s, the first aid charity.
“I think Malcolm’s parents wanted him to be a doctor, but all he ever wanted to do was drive ambulances,” said Mary.
“As a member of St John’s, he took part in mountain-rescue exercises and helping train teenagers for their Duke of Edinburgh award.
“Some of them have kept in touch for over 20 years, they’re in their forties now, and they came to the funeral.”
Despite suffering a brain haemorrhage, forcing him to take early-retirement, Malcolm was still interested in the outdoors.
In 2007, he was diagnosed with lung cancer and a year later, successfully reached the summit of Catbells.
“It’s not the highest fell, but it was a real achievement considering the treatment he was going through,” said Mary.
A funeral took place at St James’ Church, Shirley last Thursday.
Malcolm’s family have thanked people for their donations, over £1,000 was raised for the borough’s Marie Curie hospice, where he was a patient.