Graeme RIP

It is with deep sadness that I have to tell you that Graeme died last night at 8.30 pm. I was called by the hospice early yesterday morning to say that he had deteriorated and was unconscious, looking very peaceful when I arrived. He remained peacefully sleeping as family arrived during the day to be with him in his last hours. We had tears and laughter as befits him.

As he wished he went to sleep and did not wake up again.

Details of the funeral will follow but I am planning on Tuesday 2nd June - ladies get those hats bought! Graeme requested no flowers but donations be made to Cancer Research or St Margaret's Hospice.

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  1. The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. Deuteronomy 33:27

    Dear Fiona, I am holding you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

    — Heather · Saturday 23 May, 2009 · #

  2. The great man is at peace now. Fiona, Martin and Peta, I am thinking of you all in this terribly sad time. He was loved by many and will be sorely missed. With all my love to you all
    Dave Startup

    — Dave Startup · Saturday 23 May, 2009 · #

  3. Our prayers and condolences are with you Fiona and the family at this time. Graeme will be sorely missed by all in Scotland at HMNB Clyde. A very courageous man and a good friend the memories he gave us are forever.
    God Bless
    john & Joan

    — John & Joan Scullion · Sunday 24 May, 2009 · #

  4. Deeply saddened by Graemes passing. Very fond memories of his time in Newlyn. Graeme married us at St Peters 20yrs ago next month and made a huge contribution not only to our lives but many others. Don’t be sad, but celebrate a life that touched so many. Fiona, Martin, Peta – our thoughts and prayers are with you
    With love
    Richard and Fiona

    — Richard and Fiona Conybeare · Sunday 24 May, 2009 · #

  5. Please accept our sincere condolences and heartfelt sympathies. G will be sorely missed. With all our love.
    Dick and Brenda

    — Dick Bidgood · Sunday 24 May, 2009 · #

  6. our condolences to fiona and family at this time.Graeme was known to us for a short time but managed to leave a lasting impression and will be remembered fondly.

    — maxine and staff ward 201 · Monday 25 May, 2009 · #

  7. Fiona,I have just read the blog, you are all in my thoughts and prayers.



    — Caroline Parody · Monday 25 May, 2009 · #

  8. Dear Fiona

    My thoughts are with you and your family at this time.

    Graeme will be missed so much by everyone who knew him.

    God Bless.

    — irene.dougherty · Tuesday 26 May, 2009 · #

  9. Dear Fiona,

    Janet Conybeare gave me the very sad news this morning. Please accept my condolences – you are all in my thoughts and prayers – Mike Thomas

    — Mike Thomas - Cornwall · Tuesday 26 May, 2009 · #

  10. Dear Fiona

    We have never met but I have been following Graeme’s excellent blog for the last few months and I just wanted to say how sorry I am to read that Graeme has lost his last fight.

    Graeme and I were briefly acquaintances at St Mark’s Youth Club in the 70’s but I’ve not kept in touch, although we did meet at the St Marks reunion a couple of years ago.

    I have been so impressed by his blog – by his wit and observations on life and obvious goodness and by the great number of his friends and acquaintances. He (and no doubt you, too) led a most interesting life and I have no doubt that he will be remembered with great affection by a very great many people.

    My heart goes out to you and to all your family. No doubt your faith will be a comfort to you in the difficult days ahead but if it helps, be assured of the warm thoughts and sympathy of those of us who followed Graeme’s adventures in Somersetland from an electronic distance.

    When I first started to read the blog, I emailed him and invited him to join me for a gin and tonic one day when he was in Epsom (I live nearby) but sadly it was never to be, though he did threaten to drop in one day! I will raise a glass of the finest Gordon’s on June 2nd.

    God be with you and all your family.

    Ros McCaul

    — Ros McCaul · Tuesday 26 May, 2009 · #

  11. Fiona, on behalf of the Helensburgh and District Branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland may I express our deepest sympathy to you and your family at this most sad of times.Graeme will always be remembered here for being someone who made an impact on our lives in a way very few can.
    Our prayers are with you all.
    God Bless

    — Jim Parker, Helensburgh British Legion · Wednesday 27 May, 2009 · #

  12. Dear Fiona, may he rest in peace. He was always kind to me and will never forget how he looked after me in Gibraltar. I will say Mass for him tomorrow and hope to attend the funeral. Nicholas Pnematicatos

    Nicholas Pnematicatos · Thursday 28 May, 2009 · #

  13. Fiona,Martin & Peta
    Was very sorry to hear of Graeme’s passing and I am sure I speak on behalf of the team at Neptune. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. May you know the Lords support and blessing on this sad occasion.

    — Margaret Reid · Thursday 28 May, 2009 · #

  14. May God bless you Graeme, and may you rest in peace and rise in Glory. Amen

    — Fr Jamie · Friday 29 May, 2009 · #

  15. A truly terrible shame. Such a waste. My condolences are with you. Paddy O’C

    — Paddy O'Callaghan · Friday 29 May, 2009 · #

  16. Dear Fiona and family,

    we are very sorry to learn about Graeme’s departure. so sad, a terrible loss of such a great man. The big family he created in Newlyn, his jokes and the happy times together will always be with us.
    God bless
    Angelika and Fred

    — Angelika and Fred · Saturday 19 September, 2009 · #

  17. Dearest Fiona,
    I know I only met you once when I stayed during my own troubles many years ago. I am so sorry to learn that G has passed away. I read from your entry that he was at peace when he went. My thoughts and prayers go to you and your family. May I say that he is missed by me and I think of him often; his funny, thoughtful and great personality makes me smile.
    God bless you and keep you
    Jez x

    — Jerry Mouncer · Friday 11 December, 2009 · #