Brave Northumberland RAF sergeant gave wife beautiful ‘last gift’ as he died on their anniversary

A “brave” RAF sergeant died by his wife’s facet on their marriage ceremony anniversary after a hard-fought battle with mind most cancers.

Sgt Steven Vout, 43, from Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, Northumberland, died at 3.33pm on May 16, the precise second his beloved wife had walked down the aisle six years in the past.

For heartbroken Rita Gal Vout, the second of her husband’s passing, at St Oswald’s Hospice, in Gosforth, was his “final present”.

She stated: “I held his hand from 3pm and talked to him about guarantees I’d hold.

“At 3.15, the nurses got here to vary his syringe drivers they usually stated he was okay.

“I seemed on the clock and I [said] to him ‘darling, it’s getting near the time, it is 10 extra minutes [until] I walked down the aisle’. I reassured him how a lot I cherished him and the way a lot he meant to me.

“I instructed him I will probably be an old loopy cat girl and the way I’ve adopted three cats already. Then I instructed him how a lot I cherished him once more and I reassured him I’d be okay. And then the time got here: 3.30.

“He had one massive breath, at 3.31 one other one. At 3.33, the precise time, six years earlier than, I walked down the aisle, he took his final breath and his color modified. So I knew it was remaining.

Steven and Rita on their marriage ceremony day

“With his final breath he gave me his final reassurance to show the immense love he had for me, he had held on for this important day and time as he promised. It was his final promise and he saved it.”

Steven, who found he had had stage 4 glioblastoma in October 2019, joined the Royal Air Force in 2001 and accomplished plenty of excursions together with in Iraq.

After numerous postings throughout the nation, he returned to his Northumberland dwelling and to RAF Boulmer in 2020, following his analysis.

Surviving for for much longer than medical doctors predicted due to his “energy, spirituality, love of life and love of his household”, Rita stated her husband was “like a beam of sunshine”.

The couple have been nonetheless capable of make extra “valuable” recollections in his final months, together with meals with household, walks on the Northumberland coast, and finishing the DIY initiatives he cherished.

Rita stated: “He lit up the room along with his welcoming smile, booming voice, infectious character and sense of humour. You would immediately heat to him and he would shortly settle for you as a part of his wider household.

“A really caring, sturdy and constant household man, he cherished T-shirts and had a wonderful vary. Steven would exit of his option to attempt to assist anybody, even via his cancer-fighting days. He all the time stated, ‘Behind each darkish cloud the solar all the time shines’.

Image issued by RAF Boulmer of Sgt Steven Vout

“His excessive positivity was infectious, even on the darkest of days.”

She added: “His love shines via my on a regular basis life, earlier than and after his demise.”

Steven may also be enormously missed by his household, together with dad and mom Alison and Ken Vout, who recalled crying with pleasure on the passing out ceremony at RAF Halton as he joined the airforce, and the way pleased his profession made him.

They stated that in Rita he had discovered “the love of his life” and that that they had by no means needed to fear about him being alone because the pair met.

They stated: “Steven has been a primary son and we love him ceaselessly and [his loss] has left an unlimited gap in our hearts.”

Sharing a tribute on behalf of herself, her husband Kevin, and Steven’s nieces and nephews, sister Melissa Barnard recalled how her brother had been “caring” and “inventive” ever since he was younger, and remembered the “adventures” they might go on as kids.

She added: “Steven had a caring and delicate coronary heart who all the time thinks of others, blended with a depraved sense of humour that made his ‘Dad jokes’ legendary, even in the course of the occasions he was challenged essentially the most by his sickness.

“He by no means let something stand in his method of getting what he needed in life, he was focussed and consistently decided – no extra so than in holding on to life for his marriage ceremony anniversary.

“Steven needed folks to grasp that we dwell day-after-day regardless of any challenges and that day-after-day is beautiful. He cherished to get pleasure from a drink or two with mates or household and we now have plenty of enjoyable recollections dancing singing and taking part in pool, which he was nice at.

“Overall, myself and household won’t ever cease lacking him and he will probably be in our hearts ceaselessly.”

Steven’s demise additionally comes as an enormous blow to his RAF colleagues, who stated Steven and Rita had all the time been “valued members of the Royal Air Force household”.

Group Captain David Keighley, station commander at RAF Boulmer, stated: “I’m deeply saddened by the information of Sergeant Vout’s passing after many months of sickness.

“His brave battle towards most cancers has given hope and inspiration to numerous others throughout the nation.

“The ideas of all of us right here at RAF Boulmer, and throughout the broader RAF, are along with his household, mates and colleagues at this troublesome time.”

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During his sickness, Steven had been decided to share his message of energy and positivity to others dwelling with most cancers, and Rita hopes he’ll proceed to encourage folks.

She stated: “Steven’s energy, grace and dignity shone via all his most cancers battling journey. He would need you to know all the pieces is feasible, keep sturdy, keep true to your self and by no means surrender.”

Steven’s family members are elevating cash for St Oswald’s Hospice in his reminiscence, and donations might be made at

His funeral will probably be held at St Bartholomew’s Church, Newbiggin by the Sea, on Friday, June 4 at 1.30pm adopted by a cremation at Blyth Crematorium at 2.30pm.

Guests on the service are restricted resulting from Covid-19 restrictions, however individuals are invited to line the route from his dwelling to the church, forward of the ceremony to pay their respects.



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