A grieving father-of-five has spoken out about the horrific week in which he lost both his beloved brother and his 12-year-old son.
Nightclub owner Chris Bacon, 48, from Manchester, was devastated when his brother, entrepreneur Tim Bacon, 52, died of cancer. Just four days later his 12-year-old son Jett died in his arms.
Both Tim and Jett had been battling cancer. Tim had battled lymphoma for 14 years, but in his last two years had also developed melanoma.
Nightclub owner Chris Bacon, 48, from Manchester, was devastated when his brother, entrepreneur Tim Bacon, 52, died of cancer. Just four days later his 12-year-old son Jett died in his arms. Mr Bacon is pictured left, with his brother, and right, with his late son
Jett had been diagnosed with rare bone cancer Ewing’s Sarcoma at the age of 11, but lost his fight after a 12-month battle in May 2016.
Mr Bacon, who is originally from Tasmania in Australia, said: ‘To watch your loved ones die in front of you, and Tim was my best buddy, but to watch your own son take his last breath, you can’t ever get over that.
‘It’s incomprehensible really, you wouldn’t wish it on your worst enemy.
‘Our youngest boy was just two weeks old when Jett was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma.
The one comfort Mr Bacon takes is his belief that Tim, 52, (right) died first so he could be waiting to look after Jett (left)
‘He had a terrible terrible time. That whole period was the most traumatic period of my whole life. What kept me strong was my phone calls to Tim every morning and we’d natter about all sorts of silly stuff. I miss those calls.’
The one comfort Mr Bacon takes is his belief that Tim, 52, died first so he could be waiting to look after Jett.
Mr Bacon said: ‘It’s still very emotional, I still cry every day. I went to see Tim to give him a cuddle, and then I went and stayed with my son.
‘Me and Tim we used to talk about death. We’d talk in the early hours of the morning, but the whole situation, you just couldn’t comprehend it. But I know Tim is looking after Jett now.’
Jett, centre, was diagnosed with rare bone cancer Ewing’s Sarcoma at the age of 11, but lost his fight after a 12-month battle in May 2016 – just four days after his uncle, left
Mr Bacon is now paying his own tribute to his lost family members with the launch of his Club Arvina in Hale, which is named after the Latin word for Bacon.
He says: ‘I’d love to feel that if they were looking down they’d love it. Tim would be laughing about it, saying why had he not thought of that name? It’s our homage, something to make Tim and Jett proud.
‘This is why we’re doing this, this is our little family tribute.’
While Mr Bacon embarked on a successful early calling in judo, becoming a European and Commonwealth champion, his brother Tim headed to Manchester where he set up his first bar, JW Johnsons on Deansgate in 1993.
Tim went on build a restaurant and bar empire across Manchester and then across the UK with brands including The Alchemist, Gusto, Manchester House and the Blackhouse Grills.
Mr Bacon, meanwhile, set up his own security firm and settled in Manchester.
And things have come full circle since he bought Club Arvina – the former 161 and Suburbia Club had once been owned by his brother Tim.