My father passed away on the 5th May 2020. He will be sadly missed by everyone . His old golf club Castle Royle at Knowl Hill flew their flags at half mast for a week.. A superb gesture. dad would have been so proud.
I have posted some messages from some family friends. When this lock down is over. I am sure a few beers will be downed to celebrate his life.
Messages from Dads friends
Sad news mate sorry for your loss, please pass our condolences to your mum and the family. Your dad was a good man and certainly influenced me when it came to running my own business seeing his achievements was a factor in my inspiration. Great memories of him in your home and the factory. RIP Len
Dave, I am so, so sorry to get this news. I hope that the grief you are feeling now will quickly turn to fond memories of your father that bring a smile to you from time to time. My condolences to you and the family from across the miles.
Brian and Alison
Oh Dave, I’m so so sorry. I can’t begin to imagine how you must feel. My thoughts and love are with you all. I know you were expecting this but that won’t ease the pain of your loss and to lose someone so close in such horrible times when you can’t be with him to hold his hand is unimaginable. As I said yesterday, I’m sure his ‘journey’these past few weeks saw him peaceful and calm and you all did all that you could for him before he embarked on this by finding him a beautiful place to be cared for impeccably and being by his side as much as you possibly could be. In my mind I can see your dear mum sitting beside him as they listened to the beautiful voice of the opera singer. They were totally absorbed and your dad looked calm and happy. Please give my love to all of the family and I will say a little prayer for you all now, especially your dear dad, who is now at peace and no longer suffering from Parkinson’s. Such a cruel disease. Thinking of you all. Lots of love xxx
So sorry to hear this very sad news Dave. He left us for a better place but his soul and spirit will always be with you. Take care Dave
Dave I’m so sorry for your loss. My condolences to you and the rest of the family.
Dear Dave I am VERY sad to hear the news. Had been thinking about your parents during the past weeks. Please keep strong and look after yourself! You are all in my thoughts….it takes me back 21 years Patricia
Ohhh-Dave I am really sorry to hear that. Such a lovely man. I have very nice memories of him from when I was an au pair.
Morning Dave. I won’t have the right words for you I guess, but I am really sorry for your loss and send you all my love. Cecile xxxx
Oh no, so sorry to hear that mate. It wasn’t Covid was it? Thinking of you all, please let your mum know. He was a really lovely man. Give me a ring if you need anything…
I’m so very sorry. He was a special person. Much love Val
Laura (Andy’s sister)
Oh David I am so sorry, I so hope it was a peaceful end. Such horrid times and now you have grief as well. Sending you all my love Lolly xx
oh so sorry buddy , in some ways it’s a blessing, he is now at peace. Shan’t forget him
Sorry to hear that your dad has passed . Sending all our love to you and the family at this sad time
Oh Dave I am so sad to hear this I have only happy memories of your Dad, usually welcoming me to one of your many lovely family occassions. Sending you, your Dear Mum and all the family much love and my sympathy Dear Dave so sad for you Big Hug Dave XXXX So pleased you’ve got Mum close by – so much harder that separation….unimaginable – dearest Pat and for your poor Dad Much love to you both
Oh Dave, I’m so sorry, bless him and may he rest in peace with a glass of wine knowing that he had an amazing family and a full life. We’re sending big hugs and love to you all. xxxx
So sorry mate he can rest in peace now mate. If it wasn’t for this bloody virus I’d be round to give you a hug.
Dave I’m so sorry and at this awful time. My thoughts are particularly with your Mum in these terrible circumstance.
Hi Dave, Just heard about the passing away of your dad, my thoughts are with you. I have many fond memories of Len and will remain with me, a massive character. Paul
Hi Dave, I’m very sorry to hear that your Dad died this morning. It would be sad under normal circumstances, but it is doubly so the way things are at the moment. I hope your Mum is coping alright and I am sure it will help having her with you. In the last nine months we have lost John, Maureen, my Mum and now your Dad. Remarkable. You will, of course, be in all of our thoughts here in Swalcliffe and let’s hope we can be together sometime soon. Take Care, George
Sorry to hear that Dave It’s sad also due to lockdown not being able to have a full funeral Wishing you and your family all the best Ian and Kristy
Sorry Dave , just seen Ann Marie’s message . Is that your Dad that has just passed away ? Very sorry for your loss . Sending hugs Shelly Westbrooke:
PippaSending you lots of love from all of us
Pippa I am so sorry to hear about your Dad. Sincere heart felt condolences, my thoughts are with you all
So sorry to hear that . Sad news ,was it Covid ? And especially as family couldn’t be with him . Bad times Take care Richard
So sorry to hear you have lost your Dad , Dave. We are thinking of you and send our deepest sympathy to you and your family Lots of love from Sardool and I xx
Grace Hi Dave, we just wanted to pass on our condolences, very sorry to hear about your dads passing. With love, Nick and Grace xxx
Hey Dave. Paul told me your very sad news. I am so sorry…. very hard time to go through. I take you in my arm to give you a massive hug. Christiane It is tough for your mum but for you guys as well…
Hello Dave, we are all very sad to hear your bad news. We offer our sincere condolences to yourself and your family. These are very bleak days for certain and we feel for you especially considering the difficult and extraordinary circumstances.
Dear Dave and Family. So very sorry to hear of Len’s passing. He really was a delightful Guy to meet. My sincere condolences to your Mum and You All. Anything I can help with over here, please don’t hesitate to Call. Kindest Regards and Keep Safe and Well. Jack
Oh my god Dave. So so sorry to hear that mate. Sincere condolences to you and your family. Stay strong, keep talking.
Ahh Davey that’s such sad news. I know how close you are all to him and and to your mum. You are right he is in a better place now and pain free and he can now look after you all from afar. God bless buddy.give me a shout if i can be of any help mate no problem at all.
Hi Dave, sorry to hear about your dad. Our thoughts are with you. Take care Fernando and Paula
Sandra Anderson: Dave would you tell your mum I have let Aunty Betty and Uncle Ted know. As well as Aunty Angela. These are relatives on my dads side but knew your mum and dad very well. I will call my Aunty Ann in France too xxx Sandra Anderson: As above. Dave all my aunts my second cousins are sending their condolences and prayers to your mum and you guys. Your dad will be with my dad and Uncle Roy. Having fat cigars and a glass of wine or a gin and tonic xx three wonderful wise men
Hello Dave, I’m so sorry to hear about your Dad. He was such a huge influence in all your lives. It’s very hard to lose a parent under normal circumstances but at the moment even more so. Please give my love to your Mum and Martin and tell them I’m thinking of you all at this time. Remember the good times, with love, Ronnie x
Dear David Jean Jacques has informed me of your dad’s passing and I am so sorry to hear this news. The Gray and the Prévost have shared so many memories that we feel and understand your pain and sadness. We have also experienced it when we lost both our parents. Len and Dad were bigger than life and we have learnt a lot from them, especially how to enjoy life. They certainly knew how to throw a party and celebrate happy moments. My siblings and I are grateful to your family for introducing us to the customs of your country and allowing us to spend time with you all in order to practice our English. Our parents already loved England and through your parents we got to love it too. So many memories come to mind. Not long ago, I learnt of Marcel Chabernaud’s passing. Now your Dad…the 3 musketeers as they were known, are now up in heaven and rejoicing to be together again, probably with a tête de cuvée in their hand! I hope your Dad had a peaceful passing, especially in these very trying times. I’m am really very sorry David. Please send my love to the family and please let us know when your Dad’s funeral will take place so we can be with you in thoughts. Isabelle XX
Jean Jacques Prevost
HOPE YOU’LL GET IT THIS TIME JJP ———- Forwarded message ——— De : Prevost Jean-Jacques Date: jeu. 7 mai 2020 à 14:42 Subject: Re: DAD To: Isabelle Yates , Christine Le Mat DEAR DAVID I FEEL VERY SORRY AND DEEPLY SHOCKED BY YOUR FATHER PASSING AWAY. WITH HIM GOES A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF GOOD MEMORIES WHETHER IN THE UK OR IN CHAUMONT WHERE WE SPENT TOGETHER WHAT CAN BE CONSIDERED A HELL OF A GOOD CHILDHOOD. I DONT REMEMBER THE NUMBER OF BOTTLES OF WINE AND VOUVRAY TETE DE CUVEE THAT WE ALL EMPTIED BOTTOM UP BUT I GUESS IT IS IMPRESSIVE. WHEN I THINK BACKWARD OF BOTH YOUR FATHER AND MINE TOGETHER I SEE A COUPLE OF GROWN UP KIDS HAVING A GOOD TIME FOR EVER. MY FATHER LEFT 40 YEARS AGO AND I GUESS HE FELT SO LONELY AFTER SO MANY YEARS THAT HE’S GONNA THROW A PARTY TO CELEBRATE YOUR FATHER ARRIVAL TO JOIN THE CLUB. FROM WHAT I HEARD IT IS OPEN BAR UP THERE. PLEASE TELL YOUR MOTHER THAT I SHARE HER SADNESS. SINCERELY JEAN JACQUES
Good morning,Thank you for your address.I have sent you some wine, as I thought that was what your Dad wouldhave liked. It won’t arrive until after the 13th.Len was a delight, humorous, generous and interesting. He will be much missed. When I bought the house both your parents were very kind, welcoming and helpful (and later you both, too). I remember the delicious barbecues, trips to restaurants and The Four Seasons and much more.It’s a horrible time to grieve so take care.Much love,Val x
Oh I am so so sorry to hear that ! Your dad will always have a special place in my memories and I won’t ever forget the some of the story’s he told me sending all of my love to you all , especially Pat , please tell her I’m thinking of her ! Absolutely just give me a message whenever you need me , take care x
Mary (Bills sister)
Hi Dave,I’m so sorry to hear about your dads passing, It must have been really hard for your family during the lock down as you were not able to see him. Trying to arrange his funeral is particularly hard at the moment.My thoughts and prayers are with you all.Take care Mary xx
So sorry to hear this very sad news Dave.
He left us for a better place but his soul and spirit will always be with you. Take care Dave
Hi Dave, I am OK, but I am with you in this difficult time….. Take care, my brother… Jaroslav
Hi Anne Marie. It was very moving to watch the funeral service for Len and thank you for sharing the link. Dave and Martin had prepared a really good tribute to his life and we were very interested to learn more about him (and all the family holidays in France!)I hope it was a comfort to the family and Pat especially. Much loveCaroline xx
Graham and Pami OZ
A note for Pat and you all Dearest Pat,
Thank you for inviting us to join you and your loving family today.
Our most heartfelt condolences at this very sad time.
The lifetime of love,laughter and tears, both you and Len shared is something to truly treasure.
We shall always remember Len with a twinkle in his eye.
A man of so much fun and generosity.
With much love to you all
Pami & Graham
Helen SniffyHello Dear DaveThank you for sending me the link to be with you and all the family on Wednesday.It was Special to be with you all on that sad day saying an official Thanks to your Dear Dad for the Lovely Life he gave his Beautiful family Sending you much love Dad XXXXX
Graham and PamiHello all, ,
Please tell Pat we did attend the beautiful service to say goodbye to Len.
We live in Mclaren Vale which is 45k south of Adelaide in the one of Australia’s Premier Wine Districts.
Adelaide is the capital of South Australia.
Dave, our thoughts remain with Pat and the Family in this emotional time
Pami & Graham
Peter Pacific pools
We are so sorry to hear your news, we remember him as a lovely man and we offer you our deepest condolences, please extend these to your mother
All the best to you and your family
Peter, Trudie, and Jake
Big Rog What a lovely send off for Dad Davey. Penny’s poem was VERY, VERY special, as was yours and Martins memories of dearest Len. Thinking of you and sending BIG hugs and much love to you ALL me ol mucker Hang in there buddy and speak soon Love Rog, Lou and Jack
Lorraine Oh Dave, I’m so sorry, bless him and may he rest in peace with a glass of wine knowing that he had an amazing family and a full life. We’re sending big hugs and love to you all. xxxx
Mercedes Ohhh-Dave I am really sorry to hear that. Such a lovely man. I have very nice memories of him from when I was an au pair.
Tina Beautiful Ceremony, beautiful last words said to my dear friend Len. Loved the poem, loved his long life lived story. These are treasures that keep him always alive in your hearts. A big warm hug to all the family. Tina
Frank McCormack I was very sad to learn about a true gentleman like Len Gray’s death. Len Gray was my friend Employer and treated me as one of his family. When ever I or one of my family had a problem he was the first to help and give good advice . I have known Len and Pat for over 43 years and I have never known him to be unfair to any of his employees.But a true and just employer to all. As I sit here during this virus I will raise a glass in celebration of his life and hope in the after life we shall meet again. My condolences to Pat, David, Martin and Penny.Our regards Frank Mary John and Anne McCormack