Tributes to popular Cheltenham pool player Scott Wearing
TRIBUTES have been paid to a pool player from Cheltenham who has died from skin cancer, aged just 44.
Scott Wearing, from Springbank, died at home on September 13, suffering from skin cancer which spread to his entire body.
He leaves behind wife Carmen, son Christopher, daughter Lauren, and parents Roger and Tina.
His funeral took place yesterday at Cheltenham Crematorium.
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Mr Wearing picked up his first pool cue when he was just a teenager, and soon realised he had a talent for potting.
It led to him representing the British Lions in the country's first pool tour to Australia in 2011, returning triumphant after a close final.
His family said the carpenter and sports enthusiast was a loving husband and doting father.
Mr Wearing was first diagnosed with skin cancer five years ago, when his wife, a nurse working in Cirencester, realised a mole on his face had changed.
After doctors diagnosed him and successfully removed the mole, they gave him the all-clear.
But five months before his death, a CT scan showed the cancer had spread to his entire body.
Mrs Wearing, who wed Scott in Mexico last year after more than 23 years together, said: "He was a very loving husband, and we would really enjoy just sitting at home and watching TV.
"I met him in the Railway years ago when he was still playing with the Monarchs.
"We became good friends, and it soon evolved into a relationship. He was very good natured, and worked very hard for the family.
"Scott was a very good husband and father, and he loved to play pool. We spent a lot of time at home, just the family. It is where we would always come back to. It meant the world to him.
"Scott used to renovate everything in the house, and he was always good with tools."
He was well known around the pool clubs in Cheltenham, using an old, bent pool cue he had found in his grandfather's shed. It was the same cue that led him to victory in Australia years later.
Christopher, 19, is following in his father's footsteps, being an accomplished pool player himself and playing in competitions around Cheltenham.
He said: "Dad could fix anything. He bought another really old cue off Ebay, sanded it down and put in a new tip and everything. was in awe when I heard that he had won in Australia. He didn't big it up, that's not what he is about, but I know he was very happy.
"He was a great father. Dad used to come to all my games, football, cricket or pool.
"I remember I used to watch him. He would never lose, he was really good."
Lauren, 17, added: "It was like having a kid for a dad. He was always funny, joking around, and we had the same humour. Dad was always here for us. We are going to miss him."