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November 2012

© 1996, Pop In Place.

Colin Smith

It      is      with      much      sadness      that      I      post      the      news      that      Colin      Smith      passed      away      this      morning,     Friday  23rd  November  2012.  He      was      one      of      our      very      first   Volunteers   at   the   Pop   In   Place   and   was   a   truly   genuine   man   and   a   great friend to so many. He      had      a      very      interesting      yet      challenging      life,      born      in      1921      when      life      was      very      tough,      he      was     in      the      RAF      rising      in      rank      to      Wing      Commander      and      had   many   fascinating   stories   about   his   time   in the War. Some      of      you      will      remember      the      “This      Is      Your      Life      “we      did      at      the      Pop      In      Place      on      his      80th     birthday,  he still  talked  about  that  recently.  He      was      a      compassionate      man      and      he      nursed      his      first      wife      throughout   her   battle   with   Cancer   and then after she died he became a volunteer with us. He      started      up      the      Library,      he      was      in      the      shows      and      enjoyed      being      on      the      various      Carnival     floats      we      did.   He      would      go      and      collect      clients      who      couldn’t      walk      to      the      sessions,      and      help     Gwen  to  open  up  early  in the morning when we started at 9am. He      was      a      tremendous      support      when      we      lost      Tina      and      regularly      visited      her      at      hospital,      he      was     simply      a   wonderful      person      and      a      very      dear      friend      and      I’m      very      pleased      to      say      that      in      June      of     2008      he      married   again      to      Jean      and      they      shared      some      really      happy      times      travelling,      and      they     both  shared  the  joys  of ballroom dancing. Julie,      Paul      and      I      visited      him      last      year      when      he      was      90      and      I      have      kept      in      touch      during      this     last      year      but   each   time   I   saw   him   I   noticed   that   although   his   mind   was   still   very   alert   his   body   had become frail and eventually he was unable to walk. I      last      saw      him      yesterday      afternoon      when      although      very      frail      he      did      still      know      Paul      and      I      and      I     was      able      to      say      goodbye      to      him,      as      I      left      his      bed      I   knew      that      would      be      the      last      time      I      ever     saw      him,      but      I      felt      so      privileged      to      have      known      him      and      to      have      in      some      small      way      through     becoming      a   Volunteer   at   the   Pop   In   Place   given   this   splendid   man   a   purpose   to   keep   going   when   he had lost his first wife and needed a reason to go on. I’m      sure      all      of      you      that      can      remember      him      will      join      me      in      offering      our      sincere      condolences      to     Jean  his  wife  as  she  bravely  comes  to  terms  with  life without him. Rest In Peace Colin.

November 2012

© 1996, Pop In Place.
Pop In Place

Colin Smith

It  is  with  much  sadness  that  I  post  the  news  that  Colin  Smith  passed  away  this  morning,  Friday  23rd  November  2012.  He  was  one  of  our  very  first Volunteers at the Pop In Place and was a truly genuine man and a great friend to so many. He  had  a  very  interesting  yet  challenging  life,  born  in  1921  when  life  was  very  tough,  he  was  in  the  RAF  rising  in  rank  to  Wing  Commander  and  had many fascinating stories about his time in the War. Some  of  you  will  remember  the  “This  Is  Your  Life  “we  did  at  the  Pop  In  Place  on  his  80th  birthday,  he still  talked  about  that  recently.  He  was  a  compassionate  man  and  he  nursed  his  first  wife  throughout her battle with Cancer and then after she died he became a volunteer with us. He  started  up  the  Library,  he  was  in  the  shows  and  enjoyed  being  on  the  various  Carnival  floats  we  did. He  would  go  and  collect  clients  who  couldn’t  walk  to  the  sessions,  and  help  Gwen  to  open  up  early  in the morning when we started at 9am. He  was  a  tremendous  support  when  we  lost  Tina  and  regularly  visited  her  at  hospital,  he  was  simply  a wonderful  person  and  a  very  dear  friend  and  I’m  very  pleased  to  say  that  in  June  of  2008  he  married again  to  Jean  and  they  shared  some  really  happy  times  travelling,  and  they  both  shared  the  joys  of ballroom dancing. Julie,  Paul  and  I  visited  him  last  year  when  he  was  90  and  I  have  kept  in  touch  during  this  last  year  but each time I saw him I noticed that although his mind was still very alert his body had become frail and eventually he was unable to walk. I  last  saw  him  yesterday  afternoon  when  although  very  frail  he  did  still  know  Paul  and  I  and  I  was  able  to  say  goodbye  to  him,  as  I  left  his  bed  I knew  that  would  be  the  last  time  I  ever  saw  him,  but  I  felt  so  privileged  to  have  known  him  and  to  have  in  some  small  way  through  becoming  a Volunteer at the Pop In Place given this splendid man a purpose to keep going when he had lost his first wife and needed a reason to go on. I’m  sure  all  of  you  that  can  remember  him  will  join  me  in  offering  our  sincere  condolences  to  Jean  his  wife  as  she  bravely  comes  to  terms  with  life without him. Rest In Peace Colin.