Deric Longden Message Board

Sue Wallace posts on 6/23/2013 5:21:04 PM Oh Annie, this is the news that I think we've all been dreading but thank you so much for posting it at what must be such a sad time for you all. I am very, very sorry to hear that Deric has passed away and send lots of love to you all. He will always remain in my heart for as long as I draw breath. XXXX
Annie Q posts on 6/23/2013 5:05:22 PM Sorry to have to tell you that Deric passed away this morning after a brave battle with throat cancer. We are here with Mum now and the family is in deep shock and rallying around. Deric's words will forever live on in his wonderful books and his love of life and laughter has blessed us all. Thank you for your loyalty and superb support which has always given Deric so much pleasure.
Yvonne Welsh posts on 6/22/2013 3:07:06 PM Hi all, been a long time since I posted here! Hope everyone is doing well. Since my last post I have gained a kitten! Elsa wasn't too pleased the first two days but they both soon started playing together. I'm having to get used to the rough and tumble play fighting- never had two cats before so new for me too!We have named the kitten Simmi, short for Simoncelli, a favourite motorbike rider of ours who died two years ago. Simmi will be 10 weeks old tomorrow and has settled here well. She loves Keiths lap to sleep on and is there as I type! Hugs to all! x x

Sheila posts on 6/20/2013 8:30:14 PM There is a cute little story about Deric on the examiner dot co dot uk Denis Kilcommons. You have to do a search for it at the site since I can't post the web page here.
sugeebas posts on 6/20/2013 7:56:42 PM Hi Gill, has been a while since I posted and it appears to be a while since anyone has posted. I am really disappointed that it has taken 13 years for you to get a diagnoses for your son. We received ours when Daniel was nearly 9 and that was considered late! I can really appreciate the horror that your family and son has gone through, it is not easy having an austist as a child, but there are great rewards too. After coming into contact with the subject, I too was amazed at how many people are autistic, so I have come to the conclusion that they are in the majority. What a shame they don't run the country, would be a better place to live in I'm sure. Greetings to everyone.
gillhawley posts on 6/20/2013 5:59:32 PM Hi Jan, and sugeebas, and all who post.. Thank you for your lovely kind words. I am always surprised by just how many kids there are out there with autism. My son is nearly 13, and has struggled most of his life with school, and social situations, so it was a relief to finally get a diagnosis, of course no-one tells you that is just the beginning of a insurmountable mountain! As for my dear beautiful friend, I miss her every day. We had known each other 26yrs, and she was the sister I never had...I still cannot believe she has gone, i know I will never have a friendship like that again in my lifetime, so try to be thankful that I was lucky enough to have shared her with her family and friends for as long as I did. Deric and Aileen, still in my thoughts...recommend your books to customers frequently as it seems lovers of coffee and tea are lovers of cats too! Enjoy the weekend everyone..what's everyone up too? Gill, belper.xx
heather dunn posts on 5/27/2013 2:54:11 PM hello all hope everyone is well and all the pussies. One of mine is just recovering from a fractured pelvis. Wehad to confine her to a dog crate for 2 weeks but she coped well, I think she quite liked her own little space!
Diana posts on 5/27/2013 11:39:11 AM Hi Everyone! Jocelyn, I was SO sorry to hear about Tandy. It's very hard when a beloved pet dies as they do become part of your family. However I'm glad you have her kitten to soften the blow a little. Our first rescued cat in 2001 was only with us 8 months as it was discovered she had cancer on her tongue. I'd put so much effort into that timid little cat and she'd become a lovely lapcat. I surprised myself at how upset I was! Jan, we didn't go on the QE2 as that was sold some years ago - we went on the 3 year old Queen Elizabeth, named by our current Queen here in Southampton. She is the smallest of the '3 Queen ships' and is absolutely beautiful. Deric, we haven't heard anything of you, nor do we expect to, but I do hope you and Aileen are keeping as well as you can, especially in this beautiful sunshine that has been with us this past week - hopefully summer will come! Love to all, Diana - Southampton xx
Jan Tenzer posts on 5/27/2013 10:59:38 AM Hi Friends. Jocelyn, I'm so sorry for your loss. I'm sure you and the little one will comfort each other during those times when your kitty will sorely be missed. Gill, I'm hoping time is healing the loss of your friend. Also, I've heard many wonderful things are being done regarding Aspergers and Autism. A dear friend of mine has an adult son with Autism, and he's an amazing person, as I'm sure your son is. Take heart, he's got a GREAT MOM. It was fantastic to read about your cruise on the QE2 Diana. I was present at it's first launch from Fort Lauderdale, Florida many years ago. The first Queen Elizabeth was docked there for a long time, and my friends and I spent many wonderful evenings aboard, singing and dancing with the crew before it was sent on its way to become a floating university but then unfortunately it sank. Oh, those were the days. I think of Deric and Aileen often, and my prayers are always with them. Regards to all. Jan
Jocelyn Wilby posts on 5/27/2013 10:28:38 AM Hi all. Nice to hear from some old names. I too have not been on for a while and when I do it seems to be all bad news. I haven't had my cat Tandy for a year yet and she had to be put to sleep last week. She had cancer of the kidneys and intestines. It was such a shame. She was only four. I am so pleased that I decided to keep one of her kittens as it has helped with the loss. I only found out yesterday that my sister met Deric a few years ago at a cat show! She kept that quiet!! Love to all. Jocelyn
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