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Pete Clarke - obit

GUEST,John Kearney 09 Jun 04 - 02:06 PM
GUEST,sue 09 Jun 04 - 02:14 PM
GUEST,Lady Aelfleda 09 Jun 04 - 03:14 PM
TommyRandell 09 Jun 04 - 05:21 PM
GUEST,Graeme Knights 10 Jun 04 - 03:29 AM
Malc Gurnham 10 Jun 04 - 05:51 PM
GUEST,synchronicity 11 Jun 04 - 02:19 AM
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Subject: RE: Pete Clarke - obit
From: GUEST,John Kearney
Date: 09 Jun 04 - 02:06 PM

I would just like to add my thoughts on Pete. He was a good and decent man who left the world better for his being in it. I cant think of a better epitath.

Bye Pete, God Bless

John


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Subject: RE: Pete Clarke - obit
From: GUEST,sue
Date: 09 Jun 04 - 02:14 PM

Reading through the thoughts and memories people have put on this site has remind me of many more ways in which Pete touched my life (aside from the cider mentioned earlier). The 40th birthday present chosen with such great care, staying with me in festival concerts when he would have prefered to have been at different ones just so I wouldn't have to walk across the town on my own late at night and walking along the front at Fleetwood in the early morning hours singing I do like to be beside the seaside ....   I guess tonight's Bedduth club could be quite emotional.


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Subject: RE: Pete Clarke - obit
From: GUEST,Lady Aelfleda
Date: 09 Jun 04 - 03:14 PM

Dear All
Many thanks for all the lovely messages & memories. I'm printing these all out as I type this message & they will be shared tomorrow.

Kitty - thanks for letting us know about the song for Pete that Johnny sang - he would have loved that.

Re: Donations. Pete's main 2 charities were cats & cancer research.
Tommy is checking who donations need to be made out to and an address so will post this as soon as we can.

Thanks again
Jude


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Subject: RE: Pete Clarke - obit
From: TommyRandell
Date: 09 Jun 04 - 05:21 PM

Pete's Charities?

Hi. Well tomorrow sees us take the beginnings of the completion of this journey. It has been an extraordinary time here at Whitby and I hope I can speak for all Pete's friends and of course his two sisters particularly for all the Love and support, and all the caring and memories shared. Thank you, all of you who have taken the time to record your thoughts and all of you who have respected and remembered Pete with such affection.

These messages and the others which have arrived via post and phone will all be collected for his family and will be a lasting treasure of Pete's life and of this time. On their behalf and for the help it has been to me, I thank you all.

Charities are; CANCER RESEARCH UK and/or THE CATS PROTECTION LEAGUE

Cheques or money orders made payable to each as identified, or to Mrs Mildred Kane - (Pete's eldest sister)- c/o Peter Clark Memorial, The Boardroom, Seamen's Houses, Church Street, Whitby, YO22 4AP. All donations received will be acknowledged and a full accounting will be published when the donations are made. Any amounts not identified as belonging specifically to either charity will be split 50/50.

Pete was besotted by Cats! That may come as a surprise to many but I can assure you his preoccupation extended not only to monetary support but to occupying his space with the memorabilia of Cats.

Music at the ceremony is likely to be 'Stravaig - Indiana' and 'Kate Wolf - Across the Great Divide'. Thank you everyone who made suggestions on this. "Let us look forward to a Day foccussed and clear when with or hearts intact and our tears ready we can count ourselves lucky for knowing a man".

With thanks - Tommy.


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Subject: RE: Pete Clarke - obit
From: GUEST,Graeme Knights
Date: 10 Jun 04 - 03:29 AM

I too have read the above messages. They are all so accurate a description of Pete and I echo the sentiment contained. He will be greatly missed by many people as this thread is testament to. I personally will miss his friendship, warmth and deliciously dry sense of humour. Unfortunately I will be unable to make Pete's funeral, however I shall be there in thought and mind. Send him off well guys!!!

A friend who will be missed.

Safe journey Pete,


Graeme


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Subject: RE: Pete Clarke - obit
From: Malc Gurnham
Date: 10 Jun 04 - 05:51 PM

Pleased to see so many in Whitby to celebrate Pete's life, I know there were many more who wanted to be there but unable to make it - I've already had a number of calls and I've been home less than an hour.
Afraid we were unable to stay on for the Endeavour session as we had to get back home because of the "day jobs"!, hope it went well.
A number of people asked today if I had the words for the song "Piddling Pete" from which he adopted his nickname - well here goes:

PIDDLING PETE.

Originally "The Piddling Pup" a poem by Jo Anderson, circa 1750
(sung to the tune of "Ghostriders in the Sky")


A famous dog once came to town known to his friends as Pete
His pedigree was ten yards long his looks were hard to beat
And as he trotted down the road 'twas beautiful to see
His work at every corner every post and every tree

He never missed a land mark he never missed a post
For piddling was his masterpiece and piddling pleased him most
The city dogs stood looking on in deep and jealous rage
To see this little country dog the piddler of his age

They smelt his efforts one by one they smelt him two by two
But noble Pete in high disdain stood still while they were through
Then when they'd smelt everywhere the praise for him ran high
But when one smelt him underneath he piddled in his eye

Just then to show these city dogs he didn't care a damn
He strolled into the grocers shop and piddled on the ham
He piddled on the cornflakes he piddled on the floor
And when the grocer threw him out he piddled up the door

Behind him the city dogs debated what to do
They'd hold a piddler carnival the hoop they'd put him through
They showed him all the piddling posts they knew about the town
And they set off with many winks to wear the stranger down

But Pete was with them all the way with vigour and with vim
A thousand piddles more or less were all the same to him
And on and on went noble Pete as tireless as a windmill
And very soon those city dogs were piddled to a standstill

Then Pete an exhibition gave of all the ways to piddle
Of double drops and fancy flips and now and then a dribble
The city dogs said farewell Pete your piddling did defeat us
But no one ever put them wise that Pete had diabetes.

- so now you know!

Regards Malc.


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Subject: RE: Pete Clarke - obit
From: GUEST,synchronicity
Date: 11 Jun 04 - 02:19 AM

I woke up in the middle of the night thinking of Pete and how he had moved to Whitby from the Midlands and how happy he was there. I know it has been decided for two charities to benefit by way of donations in Pete's memory but I just wondered if it could be put to his family whether it would be possible to consider buying one of the 199 steps in Pete's memory? This would provide a permanent and lasting memory to a man whose heart lies in Whitby.

Debbie


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