Coast man hoped to beat cancer before Legionnaires hit

John Pearson
John Pearson Nicholas Falconer

JOHN Pearson was a 66-year-old Sunshine Coast grandfather expecting to beat his cancer diagnosis, but a decision to remain in hospital cost him his life.

 His family told News Ltd the Alexandra Headland man could have gone home between two rounds of chemotherapy but instead chose to stay at Brisbane's Wesley Hospital to confront the cancer treatment head-on.

He was even moved into a room with a better view, where he is believed to have caught the deadly Legionnaires disease..

Mr Pearson's decline was rapid. He died on Sunday, June 2, barely a week after he had been diagnosed with the life-threatening disease.

Daughter Rachel Pearson said she wanted her father to be remembered as a vibrant, positive man and not a hospital statistic.

"He was a really positive man, a really good grandad and dad. His family came first," she told the Courier-Mail.

"He was a great father but became a great friend."