Spike aka Graham

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Hello A2OC. Could I please ask if anyone else is attending Spikes funeral. So far myself and David Myers are confirmed.
Jan has asked for numbers to reserve seating and she's also asked for an A2 or A2s to follow the funeral cortege from the church to the cemetery so that'll need a wee bit planning. Please also update Teresa's social thread as our camping social will now include an unplanned and most unwelcome funeral on its itinerary 😭
It'll be a celebration of life though.
 
Many of you will have seen the news that our stalwart member and legend of A2OC Graham was taken ill recently, and some of you will have contributed to the get well soon messages on this thread.

It is with a heavy heart that I make this announcement. Graham fought his illness bravely, but he sadly passed away during the night on Friday.

I'm certain that all members of this familial club will join myself and the fellow admin team in sending our deepest condolences to Graham's wife Janet and to their wider circle of family and friends.

Graham bought his A2 new in 2001. As an experienced engineer, he fell in love with it's innovative construct and design ethos. He joined A2OC shortly afterwards on 9th September 2002. During almost two decades of active contribution, Graham never failed to amaze with his ability to recall historic posts, always adding a warmth and clear helpful direction to those in need. It was always evident to see the type of man Graham was through his narrative writing style, kind, sincere, a gentleman. In addition to being a valued member, Graham also served in the admin team for a spell, serving the interests of this great community and adding his experience, considered views and kindness to the mix. His mantra was always "if you have nothing nice to say, say nothing" - we could and should all learn from that and live all the better for it.

There will be a void felt by us all on these pages as there will be in life. However, Graham's encyclopaedic mind, helpful posts, detailed engineering knowledge, and humour, will live on indefinitely in the history of A2OC and in the minds of those who met him.

Rest in peace dear friend and gentleman of the very highest standing. 😢

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I met Spike at Broaches last year, he was such a lovely man, very helpful and kind. Very wise and always willing to give advice on A2s. Exactly in the flesh as how he appeared in his many replies to requests for help. Spike was amazing in how he could locate arcane items of info and direct you to them. Spike helped me a lot in lots of ways through the treasure trove of the A2OC. It has been said elsewhere that Spike lived as he spoke, “if you can’t say anything nice about someone, say nothing”. It’s s great maxim and I wish more people were like that, it would be a better world.
Goodbye Spike, I’ll miss you
George
 
Hello A2OC. Could I please ask if anyone else is attending Spikes funeral. So far myself and David Myers are confirmed.
Jan has asked for numbers to reserve seating and she's also asked for an A2 or A2s to follow the funeral cortege from the church to the cemetery so that'll need a wee bit planning. Please also update Teresa's social thread as our camping social will now include an unplanned and most unwelcome funeral on its itinerary 😭
It'll be a celebration of life though.
I will let you know tomorrow if we can make it on Friday to pay our respects to a very kind knowledgeable gentleman.
 
Regrettably, I am unable to pay my respects in person but I will take a deliberate pause from work to reflect and mark the occasion. I will also send my thoughts to Janet directly.

It is both comforting and fitting to know that there will be a cortege of A2s to accompany the hearse. In addition, it is so pleasing to read the posts from those that are able to attend the funeral and in so doing not only are they able to pay their respects but also represent our club, a club that was a significant part of Graham's life.

There is no better person within A2OC to afford Graham a fitting send off than his dear friend @murdo, he will do Graham, Janet and family, himself and A2OC proud, of that, I am certain.
 
Hello everyone. I travel down to Dalton tomorrow and will be meeting Jan. I'll post specifics for meeting/parking around Barningham church so our A2s can be part of the cortege. I'll nip over to the church for a wee recce too
Gary and me now both have the full day off work, so will leave home at 6am and baring any traffic nightmares, will be able to attend the funeral and be part of the cortege in Oscar.
 
I too will travel down early to attend the funeral.

Possibly we could all meet outside The Rokeby Inn to travel together?
 
I too will travel down early to attend the funeral.

Possibly we could all meet outside The Rokeby Inn to travel together?
Sounds a plan George. Once I understand the logistics around the church I'll let you all know . Dave and I still have hand held radios from the Scottish social. So we've 2 old 999 services veterans to keep us on point and we will all do Spike proud . Although I can also see him heartily amused by an A2 gridlock around the narrow lanes and beautiful North Yorkshire villages ❤️🤣
 
Hello everyone. I am a bit late to offer my condolences to Graham's family & friends, but wish to do so now.

Having never met Graham, or anyone else from this wonderful community, but having read so many of his threads, it is obvious that he was indeed an A2 expert - I can only hope that he gets a great send off & that his family can take strength from the support & appreciation that the A2OC will continue show.

RIP Graham
 
Many of you will have seen the news that our stalwart member and legend of A2OC Graham was taken ill recently, and some of you will have contributed to the get well soon messages on this thread.

It is with a heavy heart that I make this announcement. Graham fought his illness bravely, but he sadly passed away during the night on Friday.

I'm certain that all members of this familial club will join myself and the fellow admin team in sending our deepest condolences to Graham's wife Janet and to their wider circle of family and friends.

Graham bought his A2 new in 2001. As an experienced engineer, he fell in love with it's innovative construct and design ethos. He joined A2OC shortly afterwards on 9th September 2002. During almost two decades of active contribution, Graham never failed to amaze with his ability to recall historic posts, always adding a warmth and clear helpful direction to those in need. It was always evident to see the type of man Graham was through his narrative writing style, kind, sincere, a gentleman. In addition to being a valued member, Graham also served in the admin team for a spell, serving the interests of this great community and adding his experience, considered views and kindness to the mix. His mantra was always "if you have nothing nice to say, say nothing" - we could and should all learn from that and live all the better for it.

There will be a void felt by us all on these pages as there will be in life. However, Graham's encyclopaedic mind, helpful posts, detailed engineering knowledge, and humour, will live on indefinitely in the history of A2OC and in the minds of those who met him.

Rest in peace dear friend and gentleman of the very highest standing. 😢

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Very sorry to hear this. RIP Spike.
 
For those attending Spikes funeral on Friday we meet at his home village in Dalton at 1330. Postcode for Nav is DL11 7HU. You'll see my car parked up on the roadway as you come into the village. (A2 MHU) form up behind that please..I'll be about to meet you anyway. We will then follow the hearse and Janet ( blue Tesla) from Graham's home. Its a couple of miles to St Michael & All Angels, Barningham. The church's postcode is DL11 7DW. where someone will be on hand to direct our parking. A team effort for Spikes last journey.
 
For those attending Spikes funeral on Friday we meet at his home village in Dalton at 1330. Postcode for Nav is DL11 7HU. You'll see my car parked up on the roadway as you come into the village. (A2 MHU) form up behind that please..I'll be about to meet you anyway. We will then follow the hearse and Janet ( blue Tesla) from Graham's home. Its a couple of miles to St Michael & All Angels, Barningham. The church's postcode is DL11 7DW. where someone will be on hand to direct our parking. A team effort for Spikes last journey.
An update to these arrangements. Chatting to George (@NLS14M ) he's staying at the Rokeby Inn which is immediately off the A66 on the road to Dalton. Its better sense for us to muster here as the roads are narrow in the village. I'll be at Rokeby from 12pm. Can I ask anyone attending the funeral to please be here by 1330 . We can then convoy up to the village to fall in behind the hearse. Thank you.

Address for your nav :

Rokeby Inn
Richmond
North Yorkshire
DL11 7QW
 
Sending our family's love to Jan, their family and friends, our A2OC colleagues who are paying their respects today and to @murdo who will be delivering a eulogy at the service.

An incredibly sad day that we hope passes as painlessly as possible and we pray that the memories and celebration of life eclipse the hurt. The Broaches Farm social will hopefully be the catalyst toward this.

Love to all.

Darren
 
Very sorry to hear this news. Graham’s contribution to the club was immense. He will be sorely missed. My heart goes out to his friends and family. R.I.P. Graham.
 
An update to these arrangements. Chatting to George (@NLS14M ) he's staying at the Rokeby Inn which is immediately off the A66 on the road to Dalton. Its better sense for us to muster here as the roads are narrow in the village. I'll be at Rokeby from 12pm. Can I ask anyone attending the funeral to please be here by 1330 . We can then convoy up to the village to fall in behind the hearse. Thank you.

Address for your nav :

Rokeby Inn
Richmond
North Yorkshire
DL11 7QW
Sadly not in an A2, but I’ll drive at the end of the convoy I I may.
 
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