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#1 Padge

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Posted 11 November 2013 - 10:35 PM

A moving story about an unassuming man.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-24900160

 

Amazing how many people responded.



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Posted 11 November 2013 - 11:32 PM

I am just glad it got onto the social media.

 

Its what a true hero deserves.



#3 Futtocks

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Posted 12 November 2013 - 10:27 AM

I am just glad it got onto the social media.

 

Its what a true hero deserves.

Good to know the internet is useful for more than just complaining about Henry Perenara. ;) 

 

Seriously, it's a very nice story.


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#4 JohnM

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Posted 12 November 2013 - 10:31 AM

Amazing and splendid response.

 

Makes you think though about my own friends and relatives and others - why do we wait until the funeral to express support?



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Posted 12 November 2013 - 10:40 AM

Amazing and splendid response.
 
Makes you think though about my own friends and relatives and others - why do we wait until the funeral to express support?

without wishing to divert anything away from a wonderful gesture

I have to agree with that last sentence. obviously what normally happens is that we honour/thank/reward someone when they are gone and when it matters not a jot to them!

At my club we just thanked the 80 year old president for his service to the club. I'd glad we said thank you when he can appreciate it (hopefully for many more years) rather than unveiling a small memorial or something when he's gone (which we'll probably also do)

#6 Larry the Leit

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Posted 12 November 2013 - 10:44 AM

without wishing to divert anything away from a wonderful gesture

I have to agree with that last sentence. obviously what normally happens is that we honour/thank/reward someone when they are gone and when it matters not a jot to them!

At my club we just thanked the 80 year old president for his service to the club. I'd glad we said thank you when he can appreciate it (hopefully for many more years) rather than unveiling a small memorial or something when he's gone (which we'll probably also do)

 

What a great gesture.  I've never been on for massive "send offs", I'm never sure what they achieve.  I've been to enough funerals to appreciate their real worth.

 

Britain loves a grief tourist and a bit of tub thumping.   It was a nice gesture, but I can't help feeling that this recognition would have been better had it been given before he was in a box.


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#7 Futtocks

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Posted 12 November 2013 - 11:38 AM

The response was from people who never knew him and had no way of knowing he had no living family.

 

Yes, it would have been nice if people had reached out to him while he was alive, but how could all these complete strangers be aware of his situation? I'm sure many of them would have tried to reach out to him when he was still alive if they'd known,


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#8 Larry the Leit

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Posted 12 November 2013 - 11:57 AM

The response was from people who never knew him and had no way of knowing he had no living family.

 

Yes, it would have been nice if people had reached out to him while he was alive, but how could all these complete strangers be aware of his situation? I'm sure many of them would have tried to reach out to him when he was still alive if they'd known,

 

Yes a fair point.


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#9 JohnM

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Posted 12 November 2013 - 12:00 PM

The response was from people who never knew him and had no way of knowing he had no living family.

 

Yes, it would have been nice if people had reached out to him while he was alive, but how could all these complete strangers be aware of his situation? I'm sure many of them would have tried to reach out to him when he was still alive if they'd known,

 

Agree. and yes as I wrote, it was a splendid response.  My point was was personal in that it made me think about my owns friends and relatives etc  and not to leave things too late!






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