Deric Longden Message Board
Jan Tenzer posts on 7/4/2013 2:12:02 PM
Jocelyn, words beautifully written...as also were the sentiments of all of my FRIENDS on this board. Through my life I've found that this has become a terrible world, but yet there was this amazing man in Huddersfield, UK named Deric Longden, who had a heart as big as the world itself. All of us loved the good in him, which always gave me hope that this planet could still be a good place. He brought us all together. May his legacy always be hope and laughter. Tonight here in the states when I watch the fireworks, they will be kisses to our Deric across the sky. God bless Aileen and family, and love to all of you on this site. Jan
Jocelyn Wilby posts on 7/4/2013 10:51:21 AM
Dear everyone. I have just returned from Deric's funeral. I only live down the road so I couldn't have missed it. It was a none religious ceremony, with lots of lovely speeches from friends and family. Aileen made the first speech and it was lovely, but so difficult for her as she was visibly terribly upset.
A nice touch was a colour poscard to take home of the cover illustration from The Cat Who Came In From The Cold. Please send healing vibes out to Aileen and the family. It is so hard for those left behind. God bless you Deric, you will always live on in your wonderful books.
Anneke posts on 7/3/2013 4:19:16 PM
Thank you Annie to bother with us at a time when you all have so much else on your mind. There's little left to say after everyone else. Thinking of you all. I hope all goes as it should tomorrow. I am convinced a soul like Deric's will be in good hands on the other side!
gillhawley posts on 7/3/2013 12:54:30 PM
Dear Annie...I have not posted very much so have only just seen the sad news of deric's passing. I would like to send you my deepest condolences to your aileen and your family. Deric brought much laughter into our family over the years with his wonderful sense of humour and his wonderful books. I had pleasure of meeting him at crich back in 2005, and was delighted to hear him read....such a lovely evening...such a lovely man, he will be sadly missed by all who's lives he brought a smile to. Kind regards Gill Hawley and family..belper
T. J. Banks posts on 7/3/2013 10:13:49 AM
I never had the pleasure of meeting Deric Longden -- except in his books, and I greeted each new one with joy. He had a part in my writing career, too: my review of his book THE CAT WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD was one of the first magazine pieces I ever sold. I thank him for that and for all the wonderful, funny words that he delighted us all with.
Dawn posts on 7/2/2013 11:21:39 AM
Deric Longdon wrote some of my favourite books, the Cat that came in from the Cold still has me howling with laughter. Mad things happen in my life which I always like to turn into funny stories (if you don't laugh you'll cry) and I guess Deric was the same - would make you laugh (and cry) over the events in his life - his was an amazing gift xx
Martin Hall posts on 7/2/2013 11:13:15 AM
So sad to hear about Deric's passing. I first met Deric and Aileen way back in the mists of time before Diana's story was published. We used to meet at the Southern Writers' Conference at Earnley near Chichester and sit late into the night drinking the world to rights. They were lovely times. He was funny and charming and excellent company as well as being such a good writer.
Love to Aileen and all the family
Sue Wallace posts on 7/2/2013 4:32:28 AM
Thank you, Sugeebas, for all that. Yes, I shall be thinking especially of Deric and his family tomorrow, too. I've also made a donation in Deric's memory and I guess that, if these charities benefit, it's one way his death will have a positive outcome..... Love to everybody xx Sue Wallace xx
Liz from Buxton posts on 7/1/2013 12:53:13 PM
Thank you for the information about Deric's funeral. I will ay a prayer at 10, especially for Aileen. Love to all.
sugeebas posts on 7/1/2013 12:02:40 PM
Have just found on the Huddersfield Daily Examiner: Deric's cremation service is at 10 am (I will light a candle). Flowers only from family. Donations in lieu to Cancer Research UK or Yorkshire Cat Rescue. I remember that one of us was asking about donations etc. so I though I would post this. Love Susan
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