RICHARD

For my brother 30.01.1937 - 13.05.2021

No one lives forever - today that's been brought home to me,

And never send to know for whom the bell tolls - it tolls for thee, you see.

No recent answer to the telephone and emails that were ignored...

The mind conjured up its reasons - perhaps he just got bored

With the expectations that went with the thought.: Reply you idle man!

You're happy enough to get them so respond - you know you can!

But the delay became a niggling thing - a growing sort of worry

And finally brought a decision to contact the police down in Surrey

Requesting them to pay a safety check as daylight turned to night,

But the longer they took the more it looked that something wasn't right.

Until there came that insistent knock that summoned me to my door,

Outside stood two local plod: my brother had been found dead on the floor.

Collapsed while getting ready for rest - perhaps looking forward to his bed

But destined never to reach it before death.revealed its reaper's head.

He always possessed an independent spirit  that left so much in its wake,

I try to think of the laughs and the good times but still there is this ache..

But it seems he exited this existence without the curse of chronic pain

And I wish him a reincarnation of simiar reward should he ever come back again.

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RIP

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jennifer Malden

Tue 25th May 2021 15:36

RIP Richard. The ache takes some time to dwindle. A great tribute.

jennifer

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M.C. Newberry

Mon 17th May 2021 12:38

Thanks Stephen. Meanwhile, I recall the words of the old song
that reminds me to........
Pick yourself up
Dust yourself off
And start all over again.
As Richard himself said - "Life is for living". 😌

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Stephen Gospage

Mon 17th May 2021 08:24

So sorry to hear about this, M.C. but thank you for the beautiful tribute. As you say, nothing ever really prepares you for this kind of thing.

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M.C. Newberry

Sun 16th May 2021 17:03

The "likes" shown on this page are much appreciated - endorsing
the decency that always seems to emerge in time of stress and concern.
Thank you, one and all..

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M.C. Newberry

Sat 15th May 2021 15:04

KJ - thanks. It was my sister in Brussels who got me checking up
via the local police when she failed to get his answers to either her
weekly phone call or her follow-up email. I had the advantage of
many years service in London's Met. Police to fall back on and
was mentally prepared by the time that knock on my door materialised. But who is EVER quite ready for the reality when it
happens?

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kJ Walker

Sat 15th May 2021 13:43

Sorry to hear this MC.
And what a horrible way to find out too.
Those moments of not knowing, and waiting for news must have been awful.

I'm sending you a virtual hug.

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M.C. Newberry

Sat 15th May 2021 10:30

Many thanks for your kind responses - much appreciated during an
experience that humanity always has in common.

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Aviva Rifka Bhandari

Sat 15th May 2021 10:07

Those we care about are always taken too soon.

Thinking of you both.

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julie callaghan

Sat 15th May 2021 08:51

Sorry for your loss. Take care.

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Tom Doolan

Sat 15th May 2021 08:36

RIP Richard. 🙏

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Ferris Ty Taylor

Sat 15th May 2021 07:19

I'm sorry for your loss. R.I.P. 💐

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Hugh

Sat 15th May 2021 06:49

A brilliant commemoration.

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Leon Kamm

Fri 14th May 2021 23:45

So sorry for your loss MC. As you say, no-one lives forever, and I hope he had a healthy and fulfilled life whilst he was here.

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