Friday, 12 August 2016

Tragic and Sad Farewell July 2016

Followers of this Blog will have seen my last post of 10th July as we reached the countryside just outside Braunston, Northamptonshire.

As we set off on the Monday, my wife Chris, became extremely breathless and laid on the bed. I brought the boat into Braunston and sought help from the staff at Tradline Fender. We were soon in a taxi to a Daventry GP and then very soon in an ambulance to Northampton A & E and onto the Critical Care Ward.

Unfortunately, there were complications and Chris suffered a catastrophic brain haemorrhage and passed into Spirit peacefully on the Friday.

And so our Adventure together came to a sad ending.

Farewell to Chris, my amazing best friend of 48 years, married 45 of them.
It has been a wonderful adventure together, with so many memories to comfort and laugh at!

Spread your Spirit Wings and fly high
Open your Spirit Eyes and look ahead
Walk straight upon the Star Trail ...

Christine died 15th July 2016, aged 63

  Read at the Funeral Celebration by Judy, Christine’s Sister
Her journey’s just begun by Ellen Brenneman

Don’t think of her as gone away
Her journey’s just begun
Life holds so many facets
This earth is only one

Just think of her as resting
From the sorrows and the tears
In a place of warmth and comfort
Where there are no days and years

Think how she must be wishing
That we could know today
How nothing but our sadness
Can really pass away

And think of her as living
In the hearts of those she touched
For nothing loved is ever lost
And she was loved so much

Funeral Celebration flowers

Marina Flag at half-mast

RNLI dipped in respect

Our University Summer Ball in Exeter - 1970

Our Wedding Day - November 1971

A photo of us in Chester on 'Noggin' in 1990

Venetian fun at a friend's wedding

Enjoying a Wedding Anniversary on the Pullman at the North Yorks Moors Railway

As boating friends!!


  1. Anton, no easy words just so sorry to read of your sad sad news. I hope the memories will be your comfort now and in the future. Take care

    1. Thank you Nev, it was a fantastic adventure together ... and life moves on?
      Your kind words are a comfort to me. follow the blog for new adventures!!
      Kind regards Anton