A CARING and gentle Barrowford man who was not expected to live beyond his fourth birthday after his kidneys failed has died aged 30.
Andrew Boyle, of Oaklands Avenue, who was said to have “touched the lives of everyone he met” died in Pendleside Hospice on Sunday.
Andrew, who loved Northern Soul music and was a regular on the circuit, had been in and out of hospital as a child and underwent a kidney transplant shortly after his fourth birthday.
He was later diagnosed with a complex and rare syndrome called Laurence Moon Bardet Biedl, the symptoms of which include renal failure, learning difficulties and loss of sight.
Andrew’s mum, Mrs Gillian Barnes, and his stepdad, Alan Barnes, said he was a popular and gentle man who had many friends.
Mr Barnes said: “In some ways Andrew got 26 extra years. If he hadn’t been given that kidney he would have died aged four. Then, when he was 18, they said the kidney would only last 12 to 18 months.”
His mum added: “He was a very happy chappy. He had an impact on a lot of people’s lives.”
As well as his love of music, Andrew’s parents said he lived for Christmas and would play Christmas songs throughout the year.
He also liked fire engines, dinosaurs, sharks and trains and used to watched Thomas the Tank Engine on television.
Earlier this year his parents urged him to compile a “wish-list” and together the family visited Disneyland Paris, London, York and saw the Flying Scotsman.
“He was a gentle lad. He was caring and worried about what everyone else was going through and he used to walk round with a photo of people he was fond of,” said Mrs Barnes.
He became friends with his carer, Ian Smith, and they often enjoyed day trips out together.
Andrew also leaves his two brothers Ben and James.
His funeral will take place at Burnley Crematorium at 3-40 p.m. today (Friday) and mourners are encouraged to wear bright colours as a tribute to Andrew, a former pupil of Gibfield School, Colne.
Mrs Barnes added: “He was a child in so many ways but and adult in others. We will miss him very much.”