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Monday, 28 February 2011

Good-Bye my Friend xxx

Yesterday I heard some really sad news.  A school friend of mine had died.  He was 41 years old, a dad to two children, a Scout leader and a really nice bloke.  He died suddenly, in an as yet unexplained way.  This was such a shock to me.

We went to school together throughout the primary and secondary years.  We were good friends. He took me to my first concert that I went to (without my big sister looking after me).  We spent the day in London before going to Hammersmith Odeon to watch Marillion's Fugazi Tour.  We hung out together as teenagers going to the pub, to parties or just hanging out at friends' houses.  (Goodness knows where their parents were when we took over their living rooms.  It never occurred to me then, but now I'm puzzled?!)  Pete was always really protective of me.  We were close.

We lost touch post A'Levels as I became a mother and moved away from our hometown of Slough.  Years later, via the wonders of Friends Reunited, we got back into contact and exchanged lengthy emails filling each other in on the missing ten years, marriage, kids, jobs.  Then as Facebook became the communication media of choice, we commented on each others' photos and statuses.  His profile pic was a familiar icon in my Newsfeed.

His Facebook wall says that "Pete is attending 2013".  He joined that group showing his optimistic belief that the world won't end in 2012 whatever the Aztecs believed!  That made me cry.  He had posted on the Scout's Facebook wall to remind the boys to bring waterproofs because the weather this weekend was set to be atrocious.  He had just found out which celebrities shared his birthday.

Now suddenly he's gone.

Hearing news like this is so sobering.  It puts everything into perspective in your life.  It makes you appreciate everything you have, everyone you love.  It makes you hug your loved ones a little tighter.  It makes you promise yourself that you will overhaul your diet, your lifestyle and your fitness levels.  It reminds you just how precious life is.

So Rest in Peace my friend.  I'll listen to some Marillion in your honour and smile at our shared memories. And I'll yet again remind myself of the fragility of life so I live each day to its fullest potential and try to be the best person I can be.



12 comments:

  1. *hugs*
    We lost a good friend this weekend too. Here's to their memories and everything we shared with them. Gone but never forgotten xxxx

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  2. And there was me stressing and moaning about the most trivial things at the weekend! RIP Pete, I remember him having an altercation with the Uriah Heep frontman at the Fulcrum in slough because he shouted something down the microphone. Paul H

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  3. It certainly does put things into perspective. I didn't know your friend but my heart goes out to his loved ones. What a dreadful waste of a good person.

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  4. Farewell. Once met Pete in Slough, told me he was working in a bank. He was wearing a leather jacket and had crimped hair. Rock on.

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  5. Oh Wendy, I'm so sorry. I lost a friend last year - she was stung by a bee at the age of 42 and went into anaphylactic shock. She was a single mother with a 21 year old daughter. Something like that really makes you take stock of what's important in life. All my hugs to you (and to all those involved) xxx

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  6. Hi Wendy

    Whay sad sad news. It really does bring home the fact that life is far too short. I'm sure i have some more pictures of him, will let you know not sure if it would be right to put them on Facebook.
    Take care of yourself and that gorgeous family of yours
    much love Trudy x

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  7. So sorry to hear about your friends - always a shock when somebody dies suddenly, particularly at such a young age. You're right, it reminds us of the fragility of life.

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  8. :( Its so sad when people get taken from us too soon. I lost a childhood friend at 19 last year so can understand some of the things you will be going throgh and thinking. xx

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  9. wendy this is fantastic and has made me smile, i spent a whole childhood in the 1980s wishing i had a 'trendy' brother who wore farahs and kappa!!!!! now however, im so grateful and i had a weird slightly eccentric brother and im soooo proud of him. i miss him loads and he wouldve loved your blog xxxxxxx

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  10. wendy this is fantastic and has made me smile, i spent a whole childhood in the 1980s wishing i had a 'trendy' brother who wore farahs and kappa!!!!! now however, im so grateful and i had a weird slightly eccentric brother and im soooo proud of him. i miss him loads and he wouldve loved your blog xxxxxxx

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