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© 1996, Pop In Place.
November 2012

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
© 1996, Pop In Place.
November 2012

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