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Re: Paul's last secret drink
« Reply #20: 04.06.07 at 08:26 »
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I have just read all the above and I am completely gutted.  Thankyou George and Carol for letting us know.  Please send my [and all our] love and sympathy to Frankie - I hope she is getting better - but what a blow this is.  He was a great guy.
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« Reply #21: 04.06.07 at 09:27 »
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This is such terribly sad news. Paul will be sorely missed at MV gatherings, and for his cheerful and thoughtful postings.
And fondly remembered, not least for his role in the Beautiful Changers, the PA tribute band unleashed on an unsuspecting audience at the wonderful Monyash FOD 99. I remember wondering initially at their audacity, then warming to their enthusiasm and thoroughly enjoying their performance. For the uninitiated and nostalgic among us - take a look at Paul's recommended website:  [http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~gunning/]  
 
My sincere condolences to the Gunninghams.
 
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« Reply #22: 06.06.07 at 18:09 »
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I joined MV last night to express my sincere thanks for your wonderful sentiments on my brother, Paul Gunningham.  
 
I was surfing for information on my brother as a way to help me grieve through the process. I last saw Paul and Frankie in October in London and we both all met in a pub with our adult sons. He was a modest, talented individual with a brilliant mind who loved his family, music, travel, meeting people, and computing development - but his passion was always music.
 
Even as a teenage he played harmonica, keyboards, and guitar.  He was also a brilliant cartoonist. It was a terrible shock to hear of the dreadful car accident that took him away from his family - he struggled to live for 10 weeks, visited daily by Frankie. I last saw him in April, just three weeks after the accident.  
 
The person who caused the accident when P&F were on their way to fly out for a vacation, has since gone underground and the police haven't been able to arrest him. The man had no legal papers on him and he drove right into Paul.
 
I was touched by the song written to Paul by George P.  Thank you all for your kind messages, I have printed copies to give to his parents who have no Internet access.  
 
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« Reply #23: 06.06.07 at 18:58 »
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Heather,
 
you can also go to the relevant Mudcat threads:  
 
http://www.mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=100362&messages=156 (after the accident, with all the good wishes)
 
http://www.mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=102028&messages=86 (after Paul left us)
 
I took the liberty of copying your message to the second of the above threads.  A number of Mudcatters are expected to come to the funeral.
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« Reply #24: 07.06.07 at 00:27 »
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George et al
 
Thank you so much for the gift of the song to Paul's family and the discussion threads URLs - I am listening to your beautiful, wistful song composed for my brother Paul - how I wish he could have heard it for himself.
 
Your wishes and prayers from all Paul and Frankie's friends so obviously inspired him to keep going for those 10 weeks.  
 
http://www.folk4all.net/SongForPaul.htm
 
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« Reply #25: 07.06.07 at 00:34 »
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As if the simple fact of Paul's death were not tragedy enough, now we have Heather Gunningham's news of the cruel circumstances of the accident, which has saddened and angered me (and. I'm sure, all of us) further. A world in which people like Paul pay the price while ****holes like the other driver get away with it is indeed a bitch.
 
A perfect bitch, as I believe someone once said, and it'll need a lot of perfect moments to take the sting out of this.
 
I only hope to God the guy's conscience is giving him some taste of the hell Frankie and the rest of Paul's family must be living through, but unfortunately people who do this sort of thing usually don't have one.
 
(Hope I'm not banging on too much, but I'm just so outraged.)
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« Reply #26: 07.06.07 at 02:03 »
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You are right to be angry, Richard.  I count myself lucky to be alive twice over, thanks to people who have no place on our roads (once slammed into a tree at 60mph and once mown down on a zebra crossing).  The circumstances surrounding Paul's death indeed rub salt into the wound.
 
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« Reply #27: 07.06.07 at 14:03 »
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Just to add my belated condolences, having been away.  I can't claim to have known Paul as some others here did, but I met him a few times at MV bashes and of course 'knew' him through his excellent contributions here - he always seemed a delightful man.  As for the circumstances, well, 'I have tried a thousand times or so/To link the ways men die with how they grow/But no dice'.  A sad and tragic loss.
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« Reply #28: 09.06.07 at 21:56 »
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on 07.06.07 at 00:27, Heather_Gunningham wrote:
George et al
 
Thank you so much for the gift of the song to Paul's family and the discussion threads URLs - I am listening to your beautiful, wistful song composed for my brother Paul - how I wish he could have heard it for himself.
 
Your wishes and prayers from all Paul and Frankie's friends so obviously inspired him to keep going for those 10 weeks.  
 
http://www.folk4all.net/SongForPaul.htm
 
Heather  
 

 
It is wonderful to hear the song as well as read the words.  It is enough to make a grown man cry.
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« Reply #29: 15.06.07 at 17:16 »
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Thanks to everybody for their kind words about my brother Paul.  
 
The funeral yesterday was very well attended. In fact, it was a full house at the Crematorium in Stevenage. The Orange Tree in Baldock was the setting for the Wake afterwards. It was good to be reunited with our sister Heather (who also recently joined MV) and our parents, cousins and last remaining aunt. This year we have also lost our uncle Ben and Rita who also passed on.
 
I know how much pleasure Paul got from his manifold internet activities and would like to thank you all for contributing to his happiness.
 
It was heart-breaking seeing Paul in hospital. He had been a fit and strong man, so to see him lying in his bed with the paralysis induced by the neurological injuries that he suffered. His beloved wife Frankie and son Harry were very strong throughout their ordeal, putting on a brave face and being cheery to try and lift Paul's spirits.
 
When I visited him on the 13th of May, he was able to move his head on the pillow. He managed a lop-sided grin at the humorous lyrics on a Crokodile Tears CD that I took him that day. The music (predominatly folk records from Paul's vast collection)definitely helped him cope with his predicament. On that day, the Senior Ward Sister said that his blood pressure had been normal for the first time since Paul's admission on March the 24th. Paul's eyes were alert and he seemed to understand all that was said to him. He seemed interested in the football results from the playoffs at that time. Sadly, Paul contracted the superbug C.Dif when he was in hospital. When I saw him for the last time on May 27th, two days before he passed, he was clearly suffering greatly.
 
All the family will miss Paul terribly. He wasn't just my brother, but was also my life-long friend.
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« Reply #30: 18.06.07 at 22:16 »
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We don't look at the Forum much so when Cary's email arrived last week bearing the disastrous news about Paul we found ourselves paging through a long list of posts of increasing despair.  As Richard said the fact that Paul has died is bad enough, but the circumstances provoke deep anger as well as sadness.
 
As with all MV friends, we met infrequently, but the events we shared were especially significant to us.  Paul and Frankie kindly gave us a lift back to our hotel after the Moss's bat mitzvah blowout in North London and we left them expecting the next rendezvous to be over another beer in another place where we could enjoy looking forward to the next one.  This group has made the world a better place and now it has lost one of its foundation stones.
 
It is hard to find words for all we would want to say.   Thank you George for your beautiful song:  we are sure it expresses the feelings of many others apart from us.  We send our condolences and best wishes to Frankie, the rest of Paul's family and all their friends.
 
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Re: Paul's last secret drink
« Reply #31: 21.06.07 at 17:55 »
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(Even later than most because....oh, it doesn't matter....)
 
So sad to hear about Paul.  And the circumstances too.
 
There'll  be sweeter music in heaven now....played on an acoustic guitar.  
 
My thoughts now with his memory....and for his family.
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« Reply #32: 23.06.07 at 10:52 »
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The Paul Gunningham Memorial Ceilidh
Ickleford Village Hall
82 Arlesey Road, Ickleford, Hitchin SG5 3TG
Saturday July 21st    8 - 11pm
 
Millrace Ceilidh Band with caller Keith Harrup
 
A 'Ploughman's' will be available at £2.50. There will also be nibbles & soft drinks available, but bring your own alcohol
 
All profits go to 'The Paul Gunningham Music Festival Fund'  
 
The Festival itself will be on March 29th 2008 - full details in due course
 
Baldock & Letchworth Folk Club & LALG members £6.00    
non - members £8.00   children £4
 
Tickets / Information - contact Alan Hewson - Mad Nanny Music
Tel: 0845 123 2656    email: alan@madnanny.co.uk
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