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Obit: Mudcatter 'Scrump' (29 May 2007)

29 May 07 - 04:56 PM (#2063463)
Subject: Obit: Mudcatter 'Scrump'
From: Jim Lad

Subject: RE: Mudcatter Scrump
From: George Papavgeris - PM
Date: 29 May 07 - 01:56 PM

I just received the following from Alan Hewson, one of his best mates and fellow band member in Tam Lin:

"It is with a very heavy heart that I have to tell you my wonderful friend Paul Gunningham died from a heart attack at 8.30 this morning.

We don't know why this happened. Paul brought a lot of pleasure to everyone who knew him. He was a kind and gentle man, modest, witty and widely talented. I will miss him more than I can say.

There will be a post mortem. I will let you know what the funeral arrangements will be in due course."

I am stunned right now.


29 May 07 - 04:59 PM (#2063469)
Subject: RE: Obit: Mudcatter 'Scrump'
From: wysiwyg

God be good to him.

Very sad news to us all.

~Susan


29 May 07 - 04:59 PM (#2063470)
Subject: RE: Obit: Mudcatter 'Scrump'
From: Jim Lad

This is a very sad day.
Paul and his family will be in my prayers, tonight.
With deepest Sympathy.
Jim


29 May 07 - 05:11 PM (#2063485)
Subject: RE: Obit: Mudcatter 'Scrump'
From: katlaughing

What a shock and such sadness. Much sympathy and thoughts of comfort going out to his family and friends. This just doesn't seem right.

katsaddened


29 May 07 - 05:26 PM (#2063503)
Subject: RE: Obit: Mudcatter 'Scrump'
From: Mark Dowding

So sorry to hear this news. Our thoughts are with his family tonight.

Mark


29 May 07 - 05:33 PM (#2063514)
Subject: RE: Obit: Mudcatter 'Scrump'
From: alanabit

I only knew his posts here. He came across as a good bloke. I wish him well on his next journey and send my condolences to his family and friends.


29 May 07 - 05:38 PM (#2063516)
Subject: RE: Obit: Mudcatter 'Scrump'
From: Rapparee

I hope his journey was easy and the destination is wonderful. My thoughts to his friends and family!


29 May 07 - 05:39 PM (#2063517)
Subject: RE: Obit: Mudcatter 'Scrump'
From: Leadfingers

That Celestial Session gets better ever day Dammit ! Another Good Man Gone !!!


29 May 07 - 05:46 PM (#2063520)
Subject: RE: Obit: Mudcatter 'Scrump'
From: The Villan

I am shocked Scrump, you can't leave us. Just shows how fragile life.is.
Scrump you will be missed.
Les


29 May 07 - 06:02 PM (#2063528)
Subject: RE: Obit: Mudcatter 'Scrump'
From: Peace

He was a good guy.


29 May 07 - 06:08 PM (#2063532)
Subject: RE: Obit: Mudcatter 'Scrump'
From: Zany Mouse

I only knew Scrump through The Cat but I always thought what a great guy he is.

All sympathy to his family.

Rhiannon


29 May 07 - 06:10 PM (#2063534)
Subject: RE: Obit: Mudcatter 'Scrump'
From: Bernard

Bugger.

Bugger, bugger, bugger.


29 May 07 - 06:12 PM (#2063535)
Subject: RE: Obit: Mudcatter 'Scrump'
From: Geordie-Peorgie

I am deeply saddened by this news!

I never met 'Scrump' but have 'threaded' with him and heard George Papavgeris' tribute song on Saturday at Bude.

Anything else I might say would probably sound trite at this time so...

Anyone who can pass on my condolences to his family please do so.
George Wilson


30 May 07 - 03:21 AM (#2063809)
Subject: RE: Obit: Mudcatter 'Scrump' (29 May 2007)
From: Ross

That's very sad - Paul will be greatly missed

My thoughts are with all who knew him

Both his real and folk family


30 May 07 - 03:54 AM (#2063815)
Subject: RE: Obit: Mudcatter 'Scrump' (29 May 2007)
From: GUEST,Mingulay at work

Like other posters I never met Scrump and knew him only from threads on the 'Cat. He always came across as a funny, witty and thoroughly "nice" guy. I for one will sorely miss his musings. I just hope that the celestial brewery can rustle up some interesting vintage ales for him.

My condolences to his family and friends.

Pete


30 May 07 - 04:52 AM (#2063845)
Subject: RE: Obit: Mudcatter 'Scrump' (29 May 2007)
From: Roger the Skiffler

Very, very sorry, I enjoyed his postings and had hoped he was recovering. Condolances to family and friends.

RtS


30 May 07 - 05:14 AM (#2063851)
Subject: RE: Obit: Mudcatter 'Scrump' (29 May 2007)
From: Fidjit

Oh No. I wanted to meet up with him. Bugger. Have to wait til it's my turn.

Chas


30 May 07 - 05:22 AM (#2063854)
Subject: RE: Obit: Mudcatter 'Scrump' (29 May 2007)
From: Pistachio

Forever in sunshine now - gone to join that celestial band.

Sincere condolences to his family and friends, I remember the shock of my Fathers' sudden death.

It'll hurt forever.
H.
Hazel.


30 May 07 - 05:30 AM (#2063858)
Subject: RE: Obit: Mudcatter 'Scrump' (29 May 2007)
From: stallion

and so once again we lose a valued friend, like many I only knew him through the Cat but that hardly seems to matter, I have survived two heart attacks and a tad of guilt creeps in when people leave us without warning. My deepest sympathies to his family. bugger
Peter


30 May 07 - 05:30 AM (#2063859)
Subject: RE: Obit: Mudcatter 'Scrump' (29 May 2007)
From: skipy

There is nothing more that I can add.
A very sad day indeed.
Skipy


30 May 07 - 05:31 AM (#2063861)
Subject: RE: Obit: Mudcatter 'Scrump' (29 May 2007)
From: mouldy

Many condolences. It's even more dreadful when somebody is on the mend, and all hopes are high.

May he rest in peace and rise in glory.

Andrea


30 May 07 - 05:47 AM (#2063867)
Subject: RE: Obit: Mudcatter 'Scrump' (29 May 2007)
From: Big Al Whittle

Sincere condolences.


30 May 07 - 05:53 AM (#2063869)
Subject: RE: Obit: Mudcatter 'Scrump' (29 May 2007)
From: Bee

I am so sorry. My condolences to all who loved him.


30 May 07 - 05:53 AM (#2063870)
Subject: RE: Obit: Mudcatter 'Scrump' (29 May 2007)
From: greg stephens

Very sad. Always enjoyed corresponding with him, though I've never met him.


30 May 07 - 06:17 AM (#2063876)
Subject: RE: Obit: Mudcatter 'Scrump' (29 May 2007)
From: Grimmy

A sadness too deep for words.


30 May 07 - 06:50 AM (#2063892)
Subject: RE: Obit: Mudcatter 'Scrump' (29 May 2007)
From: The Sandman

I am sorry,Scrump was a good guy .


30 May 07 - 07:06 AM (#2063901)
Subject: RE: Obit: Mudcatter 'Scrump' (29 May 2007)
From: Bugsy

my condolences to his wife and family.

Very sad news indeed.


Bugsy


30 May 07 - 07:52 AM (#2063923)
Subject: RE: Obit: Mudcatter 'Scrump' (29 May 2007)
From: Moses

Such sad news.

I only met Scrump once, near the bar at the Orange Tree in Baldock. He came across as a nice friendly man. Wish I'd had a chance to get to know him better.

My condolences to his family.

Christine


30 May 07 - 08:22 AM (#2063936)
Subject: RE: Obit: Mudcatter 'Scrump' (29 May 2007)
From: Trevor

So, so sorry.


30 May 07 - 10:17 AM (#2064000)
Subject: RE: Obit: Mudcatter 'Scrump' (29 May 2007)
From: Leadbelly

What sad news. Sleep well, Scrump. I really enjoyed your based contributions. Will miss you...

Manfred


30 May 07 - 10:33 AM (#2064013)
Subject: RE: Obit: Mudcatter 'Scrump' (29 May 2007)
From: Dave the Gnome

It is sad when one of number pass away. Doubly so for those close to him. My condolonces to them.

Dave.


30 May 07 - 10:47 AM (#2064025)
Subject: RE: Obit: Mudcatter 'Scrump' (29 May 2007)
From: GUEST,Keith

I used to enjoy Scrump's posts. The Bonnie White Hare remains the finest "new traditional" folk song I've heard this year. Sad news.


30 May 07 - 10:53 AM (#2064032)
Subject: RE: Obit: Mudcatter 'Scrump' (29 May 2007)
From: Jean(eanjay)

I have just returned home after a couple of days away. I was so shocked to see this very sad news.

I didn't know Scrump but he just had such a nice way of posting.

So, so sorry.

Thoughts and prayers for his family.

Jean


30 May 07 - 10:59 AM (#2064041)
Subject: RE: Obit: Mudcatter 'Scrump' (29 May 2007)
From: GUEST,Jean in Devon

So sad to hear this news, I never met him, (was hoping to at the Royal Albert Hall Show of hands concert) but had read his postings and he certainly had a way with those.

Sincere condolences to his family.

Jean


30 May 07 - 11:08 AM (#2064050)
Subject: RE: Obit: Mudcatter 'Scrump' (29 May 2007)
From: GUEST,Elfcall

I liked the virtual Scrump and I am sure I would have liked Paul.

So sorry - condolences to his family amd friends.

Elfcall


30 May 07 - 11:13 AM (#2064059)
Subject: RE: Obit: Mudcatter 'Scrump' (29 May 2007)
From: Lonesome EJ

Very sad news. My best thoughts to those who knew and loved him.


30 May 07 - 11:23 AM (#2064072)
Subject: RE: Obit: Mudcatter 'Scrump' (29 May 2007)
From: GUEST,Natalie H (Karine Polwart forum)

This is such awful and tragic news. I can't believe it. I feel so sad. Like many others I only knew Scrump aka. Paul virtually (off the Karine Polwart forum). He seemed such a good guy and the forum honestly is quiet without him. We miss him, and I am sure will continue to do so. So sad.
Life is so unfair.
May he rest in peace.
Thoughts to all those affected, particularly those really close to him. He will be greatly missed.
P.S.Hope the card from the KP forum got to Paul.


30 May 07 - 12:31 PM (#2064130)
Subject: RE: Obit: Mudcatter 'Scrump' (29 May 2007)
From: SINSULL

Very sad, indeed. Condolences to the family.
Mary


30 May 07 - 01:15 PM (#2064168)
Subject: RE: Obit: Mudcatter 'Scrump' (29 May 2007)
From: MBSLynne

Oh no! I'm so very sad to hear this. Like most of the other posters on the thread, I only knew him from on here, but he was a cheerful sort of guy with a good sense of humour.

May his trip to the Summerlands be easy and his stay there peaceful

If anyone is in touch with his family please pass on my thoughts and condolences too

Love Lynne


30 May 07 - 02:27 PM (#2064244)
Subject: RE: Obit: Mudcatter 'Scrump' (29 May 2007)
From: GUEST,Mike (ChaoticReality)

My thoughts and prayers are with Paul's family

Rest in peace mate, I'll raise a glass to you from the stage tonight.


30 May 07 - 02:38 PM (#2064252)
Subject: RE: Obit: Mudcatter 'Scrump' (29 May 2007)
From: Banjo-Flower

so sorry to hear this

Gerry


31 May 07 - 03:22 AM (#2064665)
Subject: RE: Obit: Mudcatter 'Scrump' (29 May 2007)
From: CannieShieldsLaddie

So very sad, will miss his sense of humour most of all round here.

Thought's with his family.


31 May 07 - 03:48 AM (#2064674)
Subject: RE: Obit: Mudcatter 'Scrump' (29 May 2007)
From: The PA

Like so many others I only knew of him through his postings. All the same its very very sad. My condonences to his family and friends.

Breezy and Guru have asked me to pass on their thoughts too. No doubt they will post their own messages in good time.


31 May 07 - 05:35 AM (#2064723)
Subject: RE: Obit: Mudcatter 'Scrump' (29 May 2007)
From: Lizzie Cornish

Dear Scrump

This is for you.

When I heard the news yesterday, I felt so desperately sad. And as I write this now, the tears are starting. I wracked my mind last night to try and work out what to say. But where do you start? I searched for exactly the right 'quote', as I wanted to use the wise words of someone else...but nothing seemed right. So I tried to use my own words, but they wouldn't come.....

But this morning it's happened and the words are flowing and you know why Scrump?....Because of *you*

I went into *your* words, the ones you sent me in here, just a day or two before your accident, when I got so down in here recently. You were the only person who took the time and the trouble to care. You came over to 'hold my hand' as it were, and to tell me that it would all be OK. That touched me deeply. In your words you spoke about your love for the music and to always stay positive and...well...you just 'cared' xx

So here are some words at long last, hopefully put in a very positive way, because it's how I feel you'd want me to say them, right now, when we're all feeling so terribly down.



As I write this now, despite the tears, I know that you're surrounded by those who've loved you all your life, both in the Spirit world and in this one too. I know that you will never be alone and that from the moment you passed over, a circle of light and love went out around you and it will never leave you.

I know that your kind and loving Spirit will be able to reach out to Frankie and your family, that you were there instantly around them and that eventually, when the shock of all this has grown a little less, when the deep sorrow and so many other emotions, have had time to ease a little, they'll know that you are right there beside them all and you ALWAYS will be, for the rest of their lives, loving them.

As you can see from the messages in here, and in your other thread, you 'touched' many, many people, with your words. Oh you made us smile Scrump and laugh out loud sometimes too! :0)

When I found your photos online I realised how much you enjoyed and cared about the music, it shines out in some of those pictures. I've kept your photo on the desk these past weeks...and you know, it'll stay there now, just so I can say a sunny 'Hello' to you now and again. :0)

I wish your family much love, but most of all, I wish them peace.

We can't change the way that things happen. We can't even begin to understand them sometimes, but in the end, hopefully, acceptance comes in, and with that comes peace.

The good thing about dying is that we ALL get to do it eventually, and then we get to be with those we have truly loved once more. But in the meantime we have to learn about a different kind of love. A love that surrounds us, that is all-encompassing and deeply spiritual. A love that just simply requires the mind to be opened in a different way, and then we understand that love will carry us through, for the rest of our lives and that those we have loved never leave us.

I'm so very glad that you've had so many loving messages Scrump! You deserve each and every one of them and I hope they bring you a huge smile...and bring some comfort to your family too. You've a beautiful Spirit!

So, know that we'll miss you. But know that we'll always think about you too and finally know that you touched many people with your sweet words and nature. I am so glad that you seemed to have enjoyed your life so much and that you carried that enjoyment out to others. I'm all the better for having 'known' you...even though it was only for a very short time in a 'virtual' place. You 'connected' and you made a difference and that counts for a huge amount.

There are those whose Spirits shine bright when they are alive, and that same part of them continues to shine, when they are still 'alive' but simply in another place. You are one of those Spirits.

You take care my friend.

And Paul, I know you'll never stop shining! :0)

With much love to you and your family


Lizzie x


31 May 07 - 08:59 AM (#2064831)
Subject: RE: Obit: Mudcatter 'Scrump' (29 May 2007)
From: MoorleyMan

More really sad news. I too knew Paul only through his posts and then just a couple of weeks ago through George's new song, which touched me so deeply I felt I knew him better than that. What a loss. Words fail me now. My sympathies and condolences must suffice.


31 May 07 - 09:38 AM (#2064858)
Subject: RE: Obit: Mudcatter 'Scrump' (29 May 2007)
From: Don(Wyziwyg)T

Great sadness for another good man leaving us, but much to celebrate too, in the heartwarming memories we will all carry with us.

Deepest sympathy to all Paul's loved ones
Don & Winnie T.


31 May 07 - 09:44 AM (#2064861)
Subject: RE: Obit: Mudcatter 'Scrump' (29 May 2007)
From: JedMarum

via con Dios.

My condolences to his family and friends.


31 May 07 - 09:56 AM (#2064871)
Subject: RE: Obit: Mudcatter 'Scrump' (29 May 2007)
From: Severn

I only knew Scrump from his enjoyable thread contributions, but I can see that he meant a lot to a lot of people I do know from my time in here, so I'll offer condolences and share in the sorrows of those who miss him, and also feel sorrow in never having gotten to know him myself, for I see he would have been well worth the knowing.
I feel I must have missed out on something and on someone of worth.


31 May 07 - 10:05 AM (#2064886)
Subject: RE: Obit: Mudcatter 'Scrump' (29 May 2007)
From: Alba

Och no...Paul!
I am so sad that you have moved along.
I shall miss you here very much indeed.
My deepest sympathy to Your Family and Friends.
You are a vibrant Star in my Book and will remain so.
May your journey be peaceful.
With Love, light and a heavy Heart,
Jude


31 May 07 - 11:00 AM (#2064935)
Subject: RE: Obit: Mudcatter 'Scrump' (29 May 2007)
From: GUEST,Natalie H

Is there anywhere we can hear this song of George's that people talk about?
Still thinking of Paul and his family at this sad time.


31 May 07 - 11:06 AM (#2064939)
Subject: RE: Obit: Mudcatter 'Scrump' (29 May 2007)
From: The Fooles Troupe

I will miss the Virtual Scrump, the only one I knew.


31 May 07 - 11:10 AM (#2064944)
Subject: RE: Obit: Mudcatter 'Scrump' (29 May 2007)
From: GUEST

Very sad news, I too will miss his virtual presence, never got to meet him in person.


31 May 07 - 11:14 AM (#2064950)
Subject: RE: Obit: Mudcatter 'Scrump' (29 May 2007)
From: katlaughing

Natalie, the lyrics to George's song are HERE. Don't know if there is a sound file available yet or not.


31 May 07 - 11:46 AM (#2064971)
Subject: RE: Obit: Mudcatter 'Scrump' (29 May 2007)
From: GUEST,Keith

Here is Scrump's fine song The Bonnie White Hare

thread.cfm?threadid=98322&messages=54


31 May 07 - 11:49 AM (#2064973)
Subject: RE: Obit: Mudcatter 'Scrump' (29 May 2007)
From: GUEST,Bob Ryszkiewicz

For Paul: My Sympathy to the Family and May God Bless...
bob


31 May 07 - 12:13 PM (#2064980)
Subject: RE: Obit: Mudcatter 'Scrump' (29 May 2007)
From: Backwoodsman

Everything everyone else has said.

Only knew him through the Mudcat, but judging by George's song, he must have been a hell of a guy.

RIP Scrump.


31 May 07 - 12:14 PM (#2064981)
Subject: RE: Obit: Mudcatter 'Scrump' (29 May 2007)
From: Strollin' Johnny

And from me. A sad, sad time.
S:0(


31 May 07 - 01:26 PM (#2065043)
Subject: RE: Obit: Mudcatter 'Scrump' (29 May 2007)
From: GUEST,jOhn

Sorrry to hear this, my thoughts are with his family and freiends.


31 May 07 - 02:31 PM (#2065099)
Subject: RE: Obit: Mudcatter 'Scrump' (29 May 2007)
From: GUEST,Keith o' Hertford

So sorry to hear this.
He will be missed.


31 May 07 - 03:10 PM (#2065132)
Subject: RE: Obit: Mudcatter 'Scrump' (29 May 2007)
From: Wolfgang

Very sad news. I always liked his posts.

Wolfgang


01 Jun 07 - 08:06 AM (#2065621)
Subject: RE: Obit: Mudcatter 'Scrump' (29 May 2007)
From: George Papavgeris

Natalie, katlaughing, here's a link to an MP3 for the song: http://www.folk4all.net/SongForPaul.htm .


01 Jun 07 - 08:33 AM (#2065640)
Subject: RE: Obit: Mudcatter 'Scrump' (29 May 2007)
From: Tim theTwangler

He made me laugh with that New Folk song.
Cheers
Tim


01 Jun 07 - 12:34 PM (#2065813)
Subject: RE: Obit: Mudcatter 'Scrump' (29 May 2007)
From: jacqui.c

I've just listened to George's song - what a great piece of work and so fitting.

My condolences to Paul's family and I wish that there was something that we could do to help.


01 Jun 07 - 02:32 PM (#2065896)
Subject: RE: Obit: Mudcatter 'Scrump' (29 May 2007)
From: Lox

as usual words seem woefully inadequate.

we're right behind you scrump!


01 Jun 07 - 02:33 PM (#2065898)
Subject: RE: Obit: Mudcatter 'Scrump' (29 May 2007)
From: Uncle Phil

Sorry to hear the news, I enjoyed chatting with Scrump. If you talk to his family, tell them we sang one for him down in Texas last night. Probably won't mean much to them, it just seemed like something we should do.
- Phil


01 Jun 07 - 02:59 PM (#2065916)
Subject: RE: Obit: Mudcatter 'Scrump' (29 May 2007)
From: Ebbie

George, your song is superlative. The grief and hope and love come through clearly, so clearly it makes me cry.

If people hang around for a bit after- as some beliefs teach us - Scrump has heard your song, and I think it makes him smile.


01 Jun 07 - 03:00 PM (#2065918)
Subject: RE: Obit: Mudcatter 'Scrump' (29 May 2007)
From: katlaughing

George, thank you so much. I've tears running down my face and a 3 year old telling me not to be sad. Your song is very moving and beautifully written, arranged, and performed. I am sure wherever he is, Paul knows of it. I hope his family gets a chance to hear it.

kat


02 Jun 07 - 09:49 AM (#2066476)
Subject: RE: Obit: Mudcatter 'Scrump' (29 May 2007)
From: GUEST,Partridge

So sorry to hear this, the song is beautiful..sob

Pat xx


02 Jun 07 - 11:27 AM (#2066527)
Subject: RE: Obit: Mudcatter 'Scrump' (29 May 2007)
From: Cruiser

George,

Your fine song is a poignant requiem.

Cruiser


02 Jun 07 - 02:03 PM (#2066604)
Subject: RE: Obit: Mudcatter 'Scrump' (29 May 2007)
From: sapper82

And an extra couple of buggers from me Bernard.
As I said on the old thread, we've lost far too many 'Catters lately.


03 Jun 07 - 04:53 AM (#2067025)
Subject: RE: Obit: Mudcatter 'Scrump' (29 May 2007)
From: Singing Referee

Just got back from holiday. Moses broke the sad news to me while I was away.

Although I had only fairly recently actually met Paul in the flesh, I can say that he was every bit as warm and witty a person face to face as you would have expected from his posts here. He was one of those people who once you've met them, you feel you've known them all your life. I will certainly remember him for the rest of mine.

My thoughts are with all who knew him better than I did, especially Alan and Sue, and of course Frankie and Harry.


03 Jun 07 - 05:06 AM (#2067029)
Subject: RE: Obit: Mudcatter 'Scrump' (29 May 2007)
From: Singing Referee

Just listened to George's song. Says it all for me.


03 Jun 07 - 05:12 AM (#2067034)
Subject: RE: Obit: Mudcatter 'Scrump' (29 May 2007)
From: Dave Earl

"Says it all for me."

Even though I barely new Scrump.

RIP

Dave


03 Jun 07 - 11:32 AM (#2067260)
Subject: RE: Obit: Mudcatter 'Scrump' (29 May 2007)
From: Jim Lad

Goodbye, Scrump.


03 Jun 07 - 11:40 AM (#2067265)
Subject: RE: Obit: Mudcatter 'Scrump' (29 May 2007)
From: Folkiedave

Like many others I only knew him on here - we corresponded privately at the time of the White Hare controversy when he wrote that brilliant song.

Condolences to his family.

Dave


03 Jun 07 - 12:14 PM (#2067297)
Subject: RE: Obit: Mudcatter 'Scrump' (29 May 2007)
From: catspaw49

Ahhh Scrump.........What'd go and do this for? I have been gone a lot lately but I felt Scrunp was over the bad parts in a remarkable way....................My best thoughts to all who knew him well in 3D. He was certainly loved around here. We'll miss you son...........


Spaw


03 Jun 07 - 01:18 PM (#2067341)
Subject: RE: Obit: Mudcatter 'Scrump' (29 May 2007)
From: GUEST,Natalie H

Thanks so much for the links to the song by George and the lyrics too. Such a moving little tune-well done George. Brought a tear to my eye listening to it.
Gone but not forgotten Scrump.


03 Jun 07 - 01:36 PM (#2067359)
Subject: RE: Obit: Mudcatter 'Scrump' (29 May 2007)
From: Andy Jackson

Jillie and I wre amongst those privelidged to hear George's "Song for Paul" at Bude Festival. It was very moving then and oh so sad to read the words again now.

Our thoughts are with Scrump's loved ones, for like many here we had never met, but he was one of us.

Andy


03 Jun 07 - 07:44 PM (#2067668)
Subject: RE: Obit: Mudcatter 'Scrump' (29 May 2007)
From: George Papavgeris

Thanks for the comments, it was the least Paul deserved.

The funeral is Thursday, 14th June at 13.15 at Stevenage Crematorium (on the Hertford Road).


03 Jun 07 - 08:15 PM (#2067686)
Subject: RE: Obit: Mudcatter 'Scrump' (29 May 2007)
From: Janie

Like so many others, I offer peace and heart's ease to Scrump, and all who knew and cared for him.

Janie


04 Jun 07 - 03:58 AM (#2067905)
Subject: RE: Obit: Mudcatter 'Scrump' (29 May 2007)
From: Ella who is Sooze

many condolances to all.

Ella who is Sooze


04 Jun 07 - 10:42 AM (#2068152)
Subject: RE: Obit: Mudcatter 'Scrump' (29 May 2007)
From: My guru always said

Was so sorry to hear the news of Scrump's passing while we were away last week. Was privileged to hear George's song at Bude but we were full of hope then as Scrump had seemed to be been making progress. My thoughts are with Paul's family and friends.
Hil


04 Jun 07 - 11:07 AM (#2068176)
Subject: RE: Obit: Mudcatter 'Scrump' (29 May 2007)
From: Big Jim from Jackson

I first met Paul through his Scrumpy and Western web site. We corresponded a number of times. I never made the connection with "Scrump" until news of his accident hit the 'Cat. He was a pleasant and knowledgeable man who went out of his way to help me as I tried to find out more about the various people on his web page and was nice enough to include mention of me and my radio show on his site.
I read his posts without knowing who he was, but in rereading some of them I find the same qualities I had discovered in the personal correspondance.
To his family and friends I extend my condolences. Even at long distance and through cyberspace Paul was a fine man. I am sorry to see him go; I am blessed to have had some connection to him.

Jim Hickam


04 Jun 07 - 11:55 AM (#2068218)
Subject: RE: Obit: Mudcatter 'Scrump' (29 May 2007)
From: katlaughing

Jim, thanks for mention of his website, I'd missed it, somehow. For anyone else who missed it, please click HERE.

P.S. There are some nice pix of Paul on this page.


04 Jun 07 - 12:03 PM (#2068227)
Subject: RE: Obit: Mudcatter 'Scrump' (29 May 2007)
From: Jim Lad

Thanks to both of you, Jim & Kat.
I'll spend part of my Thursday
going through that site.
Looks like a happy place!
Jim


05 Jun 07 - 10:19 AM (#2069091)
Subject: RE: Obit: Mudcatter 'Scrump' (29 May 2007)
From: GUEST,The Roadie

So very sorry to hear the sad news of Paul's passing. He will be meeting up with some special friends in heaven - Adge Cutler and Shag connors will look after him...

Sincere condolances to his family

Allen (Shag Connors Roadie)


06 Jun 07 - 02:00 PM (#2070095)
Subject: RE: Obit: Mudcatter 'Scrump' (29 May 2007)
From: George Papavgeris

The attached was posted on the Midnight Voices forum (Pete Atkin's fan club) by Heather, Paul's sister...
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I joined MV last night to express my sincere thanks for your wonderful sentiments on my brother, Paul Gunningham.

I was surfing for information on my brother as a way to help me grieve through the process. I last saw Paul and Frankie in October in London and we both all met in a pub with our adult sons. He was a modest, talented individual with a brilliant mind who loved his family, music, travel, meeting people, and computing development - but his passion was always music.

Even as a teenager he played harmonica, keyboards, and guitar. He was also a brilliant cartoonist. It was a terrible shock to hear of the dreadful car accident that took him away from his family - he struggled to live for 10 weeks, visited daily by Frankie. I last saw him in April, just three weeks after the accident.

The person who caused the accident when P&F were on their way to fly out for a vacation, has since gone underground and the police haven't been able to arrest him. The man had no legal papers on him and he drove right into Paul.

I was touched by the song written to Paul by George P. Thank you all for your kind messages, I have printed copies to give to his parents who have no Internet access.

Heather Gunningham


07 Jun 07 - 05:10 AM (#2070570)
Subject: RE: Obit: Mudcatter 'Scrump' (29 May 2007)
From: Ross

Cheers George - it was a nice post by Heather

It's been hard to come to terms with the way Paul died

The world is quite a frightening place sometimes

And events like this should help us realise how precious life is


13 Jun 07 - 12:06 PM (#2075913)
Subject: RE: Obit: Mudcatter 'Scrump' (29 May 2007)
From: My guru always said

My thoughts will be with Paul's family and friends tomorrow. I'll light a candle for him and hope for good weather.
Hil


13 Jun 07 - 05:01 PM (#2076154)
Subject: RE: Obit: Mudcatter 'Scrump' (29 May 2007)
From: Lizzie Cornish

Thank you for bringing Scump's thread back. xx

I got muddled with the dates and thought it was today. I already lit my candle for him, today, in Exeter Cathedral. My thoughts too will be with everyone tomorrow.


Lizzie


14 Jun 07 - 03:59 AM (#2076532)
Subject: RE: Obit: Mudcatter 'Scrump' (29 May 2007)
From: skipy

Thinking of you.
Skipy


15 Jun 07 - 04:22 AM (#2077572)
Subject: RE: Obit: Mudcatter 'Scrump' (29 May 2007)
From: Singing Referee

El Greko and I attended Paul's funeral yesterday, along with many of Paul's musical friends. Of course it was a very sad occasion, but the minister who conducted the service, Frankie, and Alan, who paid a very fitting tribute, made sure it was a celebration of Paul's life and legacy rather than just a mourning of his passing. The words that were read by the minister on Frankie's behalf were both moving and uplifting, and brought a tear the the corner of this old folkie's eye. We left the chapel to the strains of Harvey Andrews' "Folk Club in the Sky"!

Afterwards we retired to the Orange Tree, which is the venue for the Baldock Folk Club, to raise a glass of Paul's favourite to his memory, and sing some songs in his honour. Despite her obvoius grief, Frankie was dignified and gracious throughout, and appeared to very much appriciate the musical contribution, knowing as she does, what an important part of Paul's life it was.

Frankie told me that she had read, when her mood allowed, all the messages of love and good wishes on this and other forums, following the accident, and the subsequent condolences, and expressed her gratitude to all concerned.


15 Jun 07 - 08:08 AM (#2077687)
Subject: RE: Obit: Mudcatter 'Scrump' (29 May 2007)
From: Pistachio

I send my condolences.

I never met Scrump but I've followed this thread and it is a wonderful epitaph for his family to have.

I guess that the whole 'celestial folk club' was crying yesterday.
Talk about rain!
H.


15 Jun 07 - 07:33 PM (#2078275)
Subject: RE: Obit: Mudcatter 'Scrump' (29 May 2007)
From: Alice

I just noticed this thread.
Very sad news to read.
My deep sympathy to all his family and friends.
I was just thinking of him the other day when Scrump
was a word on a word play radio show of obscure definitions.

I am so sorry to hear of this sudden loss. Very tragic.

Alice Flynn in Montana


16 Jun 07 - 10:13 AM (#2078607)
Subject: RE: Obit: Mudcatter 'Scrump' (29 May 2007)
From: Lizzie Cornish

I'll bet Scrump was joining in too Steve, with a big smile.

Thank you for letting us all know how things went and much love to Paul's family. They can see how he inspired so many people, and how he's still inspiring people, because of his love for the music.

Lizzie