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The reason for my blog is that Colin had Metastatic Renal Cell Carcinoma (secondary kidney cancer). In addition to this, his eldest brother David died in April 2008, 5 weeks after being diagnosed with Laryngeal Cancer and his elder sister Sue was diagnosed with Lobular Breast Cancer in March 2009. All that said, I am still smiling and trying to be up beat about everything because if I wasn’t I don’t think I would cope as well as I have so far. Sadly Colin passed away on 23rd Dec 2009.

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Thursday, 21 January 2010

Thank You

To everyone for all the lovely cards/messages and support given to Me, Kieran and other family members over the last few weeks, they have been of great comfort even if they did bring tears to my eyes when reading them. Some of the stories voiced brought back some amusing memories, some very funny ones and others just very good ones, so thank you all for remembering those times as well.

This is one of the poems Laura, my niece read at Colin's funeral and I think describes him perfectly:

Not, How Did He Die, But How Did He Live?

Not how did he die, but how did he live?

Not what did he gain, but what did he give?

These are the units to measure the worth

Of a man as a man, regardless of birth.

Not, what was his church, nor what was his creed?

But had he befriended those really in need?

Was he ever ready, with word of good cheer,

To bring back a smile, to banish a tear?

Not what did the sketch in the newspaper say,

But how many were sorry when he passed away.

Here are a few of the comments that have been passed to us about Colin:

"When I was working away from home for the first time he took me under his wing." "Top Geezer." "Star." "He made you feel special, even when you first met him." "Always the first to buy the round and the last one to leave the pub"(until recently). "Sad loss of a very good friend." "He'll always be in our hearts." "An inspiration to others." "With out a doubt one of the cleverest idiots I have ever met."

I have not only lost my husband but my best friend and the person who could always make me laugh and did on many occasions. I will miss him greatly but remember him with love.

I thought of you with love today but that was nothing new

I thought about you yesterday and days before that too

I think of you in silence I often speak your name

All I have is memories and picture in a frame

Our memories are our keepsakes to which we'll never part

God has you in his keeping we have you in our hearts


  1. Wow Sandy, your post has me with tears in my eyes. I do not know you personally but I am thankful to know you and consider you as my friend....Sue as well.xx

  2. Sorry about that Jill, you should have seen me typing it. We consider you a friend too. x

  3. Sandra I love what you have posted here xx
    Jill too x

  4. Love to you all honey - you have the best guardian angel watching over you now
    Kat xxx