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November Archives 2012

Colin Smith

It   is   with   much   sadness   that   I   post   the   news   that   Colin   Smith   passed   away   this   morning,   Friday   23rd   November   2012.   He   was   one   of   our   very   first Volunteers at the Pop In Place and was a truly genuine man and a great friend to so many. He   had   a   very   interesting   yet   challenging   life,   born   in   1921   when   life   was   very   tough,   he   was   in   the   RAF   rising   in   rank   to   Wing   Commander   and   had many fascinating stories about his time in the War. Some   of   you   will   remember   the   “This   Is   Your   Life   “we   did   at   the   Pop   In   Place   on   his   80th   birthday,   he still   talked   about   that   recently.   He   was   a   compassionate   man   and   he   nursed   his   first   wife   throughout her battle with Cancer and then after she died he became a volunteer with us. He   started   up   the   Library,   he   was   in   the   shows   and   enjoyed   being   on   the   various   Carnival   floats   we   did. He   would   go   and   collect   clients   who   couldn’t   walk   to   the   sessions,   and   help   Gwen   to   open   up   early   in the morning when we started at 9am He   was   a   tremendous   support   when   we   lost   Tina   and   regularly   visited   her   at   hospital,   he   was   simply   a wonderful   person   and   a   very   dear   friend   and   I’m   very   pleased   to   say   that   in   June   of   2008   he   married again   to   Jean   and   they   shared   some   really   happy   times   travelling,   and   they   both   shared   the   joys   of ballroom dancing. Julie,   Paul   and   I   visited   him   last   year   when   he   was   90   and   I   have   kept   in   touch   during   this   last   year   but each time I saw him I noticed that although his mind was still very alert his body had become frail and eventually he was unable to walk. I   last   saw   him   yesterday   afternoon   when   although   very   frail   he   did   still   know   Paul   and   I   and   I   was   able   to   say   goodbye   to   him,   as   I   left   his   bed   I knew   that   would   be   the   last   time   I   ever   saw   him,   but   I   felt   so   privileged   to   have   known   him   and   to   have   in   some   small   way   through   becoming   a Volunteer at the Pop In Place given this splendid man a purpose to keep going when he had lost his first wife and needed a reason to go on. I’m   sure   all   of   you   that   can   remember   him   will   join   me   in   offering   our   sincere   condolences   to   Jean   his   wife   as   she   bravely   comes   to   terms   with   life without him. Rest In Peace Colin.
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November Archives 2012

Colin Smith

It   is   with   much   sadness   that   I   post   the   news   that   Colin   Smith   passed away   this   morning,   Friday   23rd   November   2012.   He   was   one   of   our   very first   Volunteers   at   the   Pop   In   Place   and   was   a   truly   genuine   man   and   a great friend to so many. He   had   a   very   interesting yet    challenging    life,    born in   1921   when   life   was   very tough,   he   was   in   the   RAF rising     in     rank     to     Wing Commander   and   had   many fascinating     stories     about his time in the War. Some        of        you        will remember   the   “This   Is Your Life   “we   did   at   the   Pop   In Place   on   his   80th   birthday, he   still   talked   about   that recently.   He   was   a   compassionate   man   and   he   nursed   his   first   wife throughout   her   battle   with   Cancer   and   then   after   she   died   he   became   a volunteer with us. He   started   up   the   Library,   he   was   in   the   shows   and   enjoyed   being   on   the various   Carnival   floats   we   did.   He   would   go   and   collect   clients   who couldn’t   walk   to   the   sessions,   and   help   Gwen   to   open   up   early   in   the morning when we started at 9am He   was   a   tremendous   support   when   we   lost Tina   and   regularly   visited   her at   hospital,   he   was   simply   a   wonderful   person   and   a   very   dear   friend   and I’m   very   pleased   to   say   that   in   June   of   2008   he   married   again   to   Jean and    they    shared    some    really    happy    times    travelling,    and    they    both shared the joys of ballroom dancing. Julie,   Paul   and   I   visited   him   last   year   when   he   was   90   and   I   have   kept   in touch   during   this   last   year   but   each   time   I   saw   him   I   noticed   that although   his   mind   was   still   very   alert   his   body   had   become   frail   and eventually he was unable to walk. I   last   saw   him   yesterday   afternoon   when   although   very   frail   he   did   still know   Paul   and   I   and   I   was   able   to   say   goodbye   to   him,   as   I   left   his   bed   I knew   that   would   be   the   last   time   I   ever   saw   him,   but   I   felt   so   privileged to   have   known   him   and   to   have   in   some   small   way   through   becoming   a Volunteer   at   the   Pop   In   Place   given   this   splendid   man   a   purpose   to   keep going when he had lost his first wife and needed a reason to go on. I’m   sure   all   of   you   that   can   remember   him   will   join   me   in   offering   our sincere   condolences   to   Jean   his   wife   as   she   bravely   comes   to   terms   with life without him. Rest In Peace Colin.