Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Bad news from the north ...

I was going to blog about being ill today and having to come home early, but Mother has just rung this evening to tell me my uncle has died. He was well into his 80s, so a good innings as they say, but still a shock. Especially as he hasn't been obviously ill - he was on one of his beloved U3A walks and simply died. Which leaves my aunt in a horrendously difficult situation indeed. But, then again, if I'm going to go, I'd like to go doing something I love and with as little pain as possible. I'm glad it was that way for him.

So, good for him, but bad for those who loved him. And a shame as he was actually one of my family members I liked (a rare event, I know, but it happens). I shall remember him for his individualism, his single-minded commitment to his projects (get him on the subject of the Crusades or air flight and you'd be there for hours, goddammit), and our delightful sparring matches. Also for being an irritating old bugger at times, but heck I liked that too. I'd say we were, on that point, quite similar, but actually we weren't blood relations - being related only by marriage. More's the pity.

So, Uncle Leonard, ex RAF chaplain and great maker of cork noticeboards and strange kitchen tiles, RIP. And I hope there are some Crusaders for you in heaven.

Anne Brooke


Lover of Books, Films and Good Coffee Shops Everywhere! said...

So sorry to hear your sad news Anne. Big hugs from both of us.

Writer Girl said...

Good wishes to you and the rest of the family.

Cathy said...

I'm sorry to hear of your loss, Anne.


Nik Perring said...

Sorry to here that, Anne. Good wishes to all involved.


Anne Brooke said...

Thanks, all - really appreciated.



Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear about your Uncle.

Hugs to you and your family.

Sue xx

Anne Brooke said...

Thanks, Sue - hugs back of course


Jackie Luben said...

Sad news, Anne, and good wishes to your family. We missed you at Goldenford and hope you're feeling better too than yesterday.


Anne Brooke said...

Thanks, Jackie - feeling better than expected today, thanks