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Woman devastated by loss of watch left by Dad who suddenly died

A daughter is devastated after losing a precious watch left by her father who suddenly died of cance..

By admin , in Cambridge , at April 19, 2018

A daughter is devastated after losing a precious watch left by her father who suddenly died of cancer.

Sally Lewis, 41, said the 1978 Rolex was the only thing that her dad Roger passed on before his death four years ago.

The mum-of-three is desperate to be reunited with the silver watch that carries huge sentimental meaning.

"There's no amount of money that could replace that watch," she said.

The treasured watch features the engraved signature of Roger on the back and went missing on Saturday, April 14.

Am devastated that Ive lost my watch. Please if anyone finds it or is offered it please get in touch. It has massive sentimental meaning as the only thing my dad had when he passed away. It is engraved on the back with his name pic.twitter.com/1WzdJYz80V

— Sally Lewis (@LewisSally2) April 13, 2018

Sally explained she had been at Midsummer House restaurant, where she works, supporting its refurbishment.

"We were installing the new kitchen," she said. "I left and somewhere between there and Fulbourn it's gone."

"We've cleared the house out, the big wheelie bins, the bins at Midsummer House."

The missing watch (Image: Sally Lewis)

Roger Lewis grew up in Wales and served in the Royal Engineers from the age of 18.

"He was stationed in Germany where he bought the watch," Sally explained.

After he left the army, Roger brought up his family in Waterbeach and worked in business and had close connections to Shelford Rugby Club.

Roger Lewis (holding the ball) with his rugby team when he was younger (Image: Sally Lewis)

Dissatisfied with retirement he also worked for a time as a security officer at Cambridge Magistrates' Court.

"When he retired he sold the house and went travelling. Then he came back after two years and just rented somewhere.

"He was one of those people who just lived for the moment."

Towards the end of his life Roger's health declined, but he didn't speak about it with his children.

Sally Lewis said no amount of money could replace the lost watch (Image: Sally Lewis)

"I think he knew that he was ill but didn't let me and my brother know," said Sally.

"It got to a point where he couldn't keep food down. We suspected something was up with him. He started to lose a lot of weight.

Eventually went to Hinchingbrooke Hospital where he was diagnosed with bowel cancer that had spread to his stomach, bones and brain.

He returned home but collapsed on the floor and an ambulance had to be called. Roger eventually died just 10 days after his diagnosis at the age of 67.

A baby Sally with her Dad (Image: Sally Lewis)

"We were so close," said Sally, "I would ring him every day. Every time Wales were in the rugby I would ring him.

"Losing him was unbelievable. It's hard to explain. It's your Dad. You've lost your best friend. It's awful."

Sally took solace and support from her friends and family and found ways to keep her father's memory alive.

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One of her daughters is learning to speak Welsh and Sally was recently the flag bearer for Wales in their Six Nations game against France.

"All he had was the watch and a lighter," she said. "I would wear it all the time. It didn't come off my wrist. It just reminds me of my Dad.

"He was probably one of the nicest men you'd ever meet. He made me proud to be his daughter."

Anyone who thinks they have found the watch should contact Sally via email: [email protected] or on Twitter: @LewisSally2.