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Obit: Theresa Tooley (Treaties) 2 Jan 2010

02 Jan 10 - 06:59 AM (#2801336)
Subject: Obit: Theresa died this morning
From: GUEST,Sheila in China

I just happened to ring Kath who has been such a huge support to Theresa to get the update and spoke to Kath's daughter who said Theresa died in hospital this morning (Saturday). I am sure people will be able to add to this thread when more information becomes available.

I certainly will remember her with great fondness and grateful for the wonderful inspiration she has been to hundreds of people. She also was a great encourager of less experienced singers - me included

I regret I will not be able to be at the funeral as I am still living in China


02 Jan 10 - 07:01 AM (#2801339)
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From: John MacKenzie

RIP Theresa, I'm certain you will be fondly remembered by all who knew you, and enjoyed your strong voice and personality.

John


02 Jan 10 - 07:17 AM (#2801348)
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From: Morticia

I am selfishly sorry to hear this but so glad she is now at peace. A fabulous woman and an inspiration.


02 Jan 10 - 07:20 AM (#2801350)
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From: Gillie

Another great singer joins that choir in the sky. Rest easy now Theresa, you will be remembered by many with much fondness and affection. A candle will be lit.

Clare


02 Jan 10 - 07:21 AM (#2801352)
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From: Carol

So sorry to hear the news, Theresa's spirit and voice will not be forgotten.

Carol


02 Jan 10 - 07:26 AM (#2801357)
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From: nutty

Sad news indeed but a blessed relief as she was suffering so much,

She was taken into hospital early yesterday with pneumonia so she didn't linger for long.

I will post funeral details when we have them.


02 Jan 10 - 07:33 AM (#2801361)
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From: Abuwood

Rest in peace now old friend.


02 Jan 10 - 07:40 AM (#2801364)
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From: Tig

It's one of those cases where the outcome was kindest for her. She, like Col K, will never be forgotten by all who came across her.

Remember her with the joy of life she always seemed to have. She would be ashamed of us if we went into deep mourning for her.

Go and join that great festival in the sky and sing out true again.
RIP.


02 Jan 10 - 07:45 AM (#2801365)
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From: Micca

Sad news indeed,I am glad she is at Peace at last I will miss her a lot she is an inspiration and a light in the Darkness (note present tense) she will live on in our memories. RIP Theresa
Micca


02 Jan 10 - 08:01 AM (#2801369)
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From: Surreysinger

I can only echo what everyone else has said. Sad news. I was pleased and privileged to have met her and been befriended by her as a result of our joint love of singing. She will be greatly missed.


02 Jan 10 - 08:03 AM (#2801370)
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From: Herga Kitty

We will miss her, but are relieved that Theresa is now at peace.

Kitty and Derek.


02 Jan 10 - 08:31 AM (#2801379)
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From: Severn

A wonderful lady and a great and powerful singer and a force of nature. I was proud to know her.


02 Jan 10 - 08:46 AM (#2801391)
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From: Leadfingers

A Blessed release for a marvelous lady ! RIP Theresa .


02 Jan 10 - 08:56 AM (#2801396)
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From: GUEST,moira(flyingcat)

malc and I are also sorry for her going but it was a horrible disease and at least she isn't suffering anymore. She will indeed be missed. Condolances to her family. xx


02 Jan 10 - 08:57 AM (#2801398)
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From: Janie

Rest in peace, Theresa.

Or are you now flitting among the galaxies, full-voiced again, urging the stars to join in strongly on the chorus?

Janie


02 Jan 10 - 09:01 AM (#2801401)
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From: George Papavgeris

I feel blessed that I met her.
RIP, Teresa.


02 Jan 10 - 09:02 AM (#2801404)
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From: The Sandman

very sorry to hear this.


02 Jan 10 - 09:07 AM (#2801407)
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From: Bernard

She still lives on in our memories. RIP Theresa.


02 Jan 10 - 09:15 AM (#2801413)
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From: Charley Noble

So sorry to hear this. What a loss of a fine singer and a fine person.

Charley Noble


02 Jan 10 - 09:16 AM (#2801415)
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From: Tyke

Very very sad News! This ia one Lady that will not be forgoten God Bless you Theresa.


02 Jan 10 - 09:18 AM (#2801416)
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From: Dave Earl

Saddened to hear this but gratefull that the suffering is over.

Another addition to the heavenly choir - what a glorious sound that must be making these days

RIP Theresa

Dave


02 Jan 10 - 09:19 AM (#2801418)
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From: Zany Mouse

I'm very pleased that her suffering is over but sad for the rest of us that her light has gone out in this world.

I remember what a force she was at Col's funeral. Maybe we can do the same for her.

Enjoy Cloud Folk Festival, Theresa.

Blessings
Rhiannon and Mick


02 Jan 10 - 09:22 AM (#2801421)
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From: Noreen

:(


02 Jan 10 - 09:27 AM (#2801425)
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From: Noreen

(Janie, I like that idea!)


02 Jan 10 - 09:44 AM (#2801434)
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From: Valmai Goodyear

Peace at last; a great spirit has gone.


02 Jan 10 - 10:02 AM (#2801442)
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From: Zany Mouse

Someone has PMed me to ask who she is. I tried to describe her as best I can but has anyone posted a photo of this great lady?

Blessings
Rhiannon


02 Jan 10 - 10:05 AM (#2801446)
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From: s&r

Theresa was the most positive person we knew despite the huge blows that fate dealt her. She deserves to meet again her family and friends who went before.

Stu and Rusty


02 Jan 10 - 10:09 AM (#2801449)
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From: MoorleyMan

I read Sheila-In-China's post earlier and couldn't quite believe it, but all the same I felt that curious but entirely natural sense of relief. It sounds horrible, but with all the unbelievable suffering Theresa's been through this past while - well you know. Then I came back on line just now and the news is confirmed, so I guess I'll make number 27. I can only echo what Hazel said, she put it so well (>>Sad news indeed but a blessed relief as she was suffering so much<<) - says it all. That peace is what the doctor ordered, right?
But oh what a privilege it was to have known her, such an inspirational lady, such a life-affirming spirit, and such a powerful voice (and not just her singing!).
What a grand chorus line - Theresa, Johnny Collins, Barrie Finn and ColK !
RIP Theresa, we'll always luv ya.


02 Jan 10 - 10:33 AM (#2801469)
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From: kendall

It's all been said. sigh.


02 Jan 10 - 10:46 AM (#2801483)
Subject: RE: Obit: Theresa Tooley (Treaties) 2 Jan 2010
From: GUEST,padgett on lap top

Really sorry to hear this ~ I had known Theresa and Bill for very many years

A tremendous character and keen singer that we have all had the privilege of knowing and joining in with her choruses over the years

Her enthusiasm knew no bounds
God bless

Ray Padgett


02 Jan 10 - 10:47 AM (#2801485)
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From: Joe Nicholson

Goodbye old friend go find your Bill he will be minding a door somewhere and we will all be through it in due course and then it will be Captain Valiant one more time.


02 Jan 10 - 10:50 AM (#2801489)
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From: Willa

The strength of feeling here is obvious. I'll simply affirm what has already been said. A very special person.


02 Jan 10 - 10:51 AM (#2801490)
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From: Mrs Scarecrow

I feel that too, such a fierce mixture of sadness and relief at the end of her suffering and such joy and privilege in having known such a wonderful vibrant person.


02 Jan 10 - 10:52 AM (#2801492)
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From: SINSULL

I am celebrating Theresa's release and mourning my own loss.
Happy New Year, Theresa.
Mary


02 Jan 10 - 10:52 AM (#2801495)
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From: Mark Dowding

So sorry to hear this news. My thoughts go out to her family at this time.


02 Jan 10 - 10:57 AM (#2801500)
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From: GUEST,old gimmers

Theresa was most definately a 'once met never forgotten' person. We had many a happy session with her.So sad but glad she is at peace now.


02 Jan 10 - 11:01 AM (#2801505)
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From: Tinker

Like a bottle of fine champange uncorking explosively into the new year...... as she exploded into our hearts and songs.... a raised toast to a fine one..... who touched us dearly.


02 Jan 10 - 11:03 AM (#2801507)
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From: Catherine Jayne

The little Lady with the BIG voice.

RIP Theresa, glad your suffering is over. I feel honoured to have known you. Keep singing wherever you are.

Love Khatt x


02 Jan 10 - 11:06 AM (#2801511)
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From: Noreen

After request for photo above I have found a couple of Theresa at FSGW Getaway 2003 where we all had such a wonderful time.

Click on this link: Theresa then scroll down to the bottom, where Theresa is modelling a fetching number she picked up at the Getaway auction.
She is also on several other Shellback photos in that group, where she is always at the front.

God bless, Theresa.


02 Jan 10 - 11:14 AM (#2801516)
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From: elmo 1

good luck on your journey therasa having watched it slowly take you're life away but never you're spirit. We never got to go on your last holiday.Hope there is something there and you and bill are back

together you will always be in our hearts and minds godbless therasa   

lots of love maurice &eileen


02 Jan 10 - 11:14 AM (#2801517)
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From: John MacKenzie

In the centre with the blond hair, black basque, and light trousers.
Taken at Andrew and Carole's (Crane Driver and Sussex Carole) wedding in Wales, April 2006.
There are a couple more pix of her in this set.


02 Jan 10 - 11:25 AM (#2801523)
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From: jacqui.c

Farewell to a little lady with a big voice and a personality to match.

I'm glad that she is free of the wicked illness that stopped that voice but am sad for the loss to all who loved her.


02 Jan 10 - 11:30 AM (#2801530)
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From: GUEST,Shantyjohn

Great singer? Yes. Geat personality? Yes. Today, though, I've lost another friend. R.I.P. Theresa, give my love to Bill.


02 Jan 10 - 11:34 AM (#2801534)
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From: Jerry Rasmussen

I was so saddened to hear this news, even though it looked like it would be coming. Theresa and Colin Kep, Carole, Noreen and Allan visited here a few years ago and once you met Theresa, you would never forget her. I believe she's gone home.


02 Jan 10 - 11:44 AM (#2801544)
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From: catspaw49

Always a mixed emotion.........

Spaw


02 Jan 10 - 11:45 AM (#2801546)
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From: Mrs.Duck

She has been an inspiration to so many and will live on in the hearts of all who met her. Sleep well, Theresa!


02 Jan 10 - 11:54 AM (#2801551)
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From: Ferrara

I cannot help but feel so glad for her. The pain and grief came when we heard of her severe illness. We miss you, Theresa.


02 Jan 10 - 11:55 AM (#2801553)
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From: SylviaN

Theresa will be reunited with Bill again and getting several of Colin K's hugs, so my tears are purely selfish.
John Mac - love the photos, shows what a feisty lady she was.
Keith is also just as devastated as I am.
RIP Theresa.


02 Jan 10 - 11:56 AM (#2801556)
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From: katlaughing

I never met her, but heard so much about her from those who had. The thing that struck me the most, in recent times, is her courage. I was in awe of how she dealt with such a tragic disease. I admire that she did as much as possible before it got so bad and that she kept her spirit, enjoying the joke thread we had for her and all. What an incredible spirit was obvious even though we'd not met.

My condolences to her family and friends. I like Janie's idea, too. Enjoy singing freely now, Theresa.

kat


02 Jan 10 - 12:08 PM (#2801571)
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From: wysiwyg

Oh, I didn't expect this news so soon. Mixed reaction.... mostly: thankful for all the joy she brought so many people.

~Susan


02 Jan 10 - 12:17 PM (#2801577)
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From: Bat Goddess

Only met her once, only sang with her once...but she will always be in my memory.

Wish I'd known her better...

Linn


02 Jan 10 - 12:19 PM (#2801579)
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From: GUEST,Captain Farrell

A sad loss I remember the first time I saw her she won a best singer award at a folk festival in Werneth park. A tiny lady with a big heart.Fond memories goodnight sleep tight.


02 Jan 10 - 12:26 PM (#2801586)
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From: Bill D

We were so fortunate to have met her at the FSGW Getaway a couple of times...whereever there was singing, she would be there, adding her voice to it.

late night in Oct. 2005 (large image...scroll or reduce with minus key)


02 Jan 10 - 12:34 PM (#2801593)
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From: GUEST,slowerairs

Such sad news but wonderful memories. God Bless


02 Jan 10 - 12:39 PM (#2801601)
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From: Bill D

posted on an earlier thread Theresa, making sure we pay attention


02 Jan 10 - 01:17 PM (#2801636)
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From: GUEST,Les Sullivan

no one who met her would forget her she will be missed


02 Jan 10 - 01:36 PM (#2801653)
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From: GUEST,Dani

.... really big sigh. My condolences to her friends and relations. Was glad to have met and sung with her. What a great, big spirit.

Dani


02 Jan 10 - 01:49 PM (#2801664)
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From: 8_Pints

Jim Mageean was once heard to say that there weren't any female shanty singers apart from Theresa!

Being given the opportunity of performing with her in the Shellbacks was a real privilege and always interesting, there was never a dull moment when she was around.

We are glad her suffering is at an end but so sorry that she is no longer with us. She will be truly missed.

Bob & Sue vG


02 Jan 10 - 01:56 PM (#2801670)
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From: JohnB

Only met her once, nice lady, my condolences to her close friends and family.
JohnB


02 Jan 10 - 01:56 PM (#2801671)
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From: RoyH (Burl)

Goodbye and Rest in Peace to a vital force. Never Forgotten. Burl


02 Jan 10 - 02:50 PM (#2801710)
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From: John J

We all know Theresa's death was inevitable - I doesn't make it any easier for us to bear.

A lovely lady with one hell of a voice, she'll be greatly missed.

JJ


02 Jan 10 - 02:52 PM (#2801712)
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From: Jock O' Dreams

A Gallon of a personality and voice in a pint pot! She is at peace at last and probably knocking the plaster of the wall with a chorus or two, somewhere up there!
Theresa you are so sadly missed.

Jim McAdams.


02 Jan 10 - 02:54 PM (#2801714)
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From: ClaireBear

Safe passage, glorious harbour. I wish I had known you. Claire


02 Jan 10 - 03:07 PM (#2801723)
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From: Brian Peters

A great shame. Theresa was a lot of fun and a stalwart of many a good song session. She'll be missed.


02 Jan 10 - 03:21 PM (#2801736)
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From: jeddy

now you can sing your heart out. be free and happy theresa.

keep that festie in the sky going on, with you there, they will never run out of songs!

lots of love to all
jade and edi x x x x x x x x x


02 Jan 10 - 03:26 PM (#2801742)
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From: Ebbie

I prefer to think of her on 'the other side' suddenly free of her limiting body. Go and sing, Theresa...


02 Jan 10 - 03:27 PM (#2801743)
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From: marydevey

Goodnight and God bless Theresa. Wonderful to have known you and sung with you. Mary and Len


02 Jan 10 - 03:31 PM (#2801746)
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From: Surreysinger

Lovely to see other photos of Theresa ... this is one that I took of her at Whitby in 2004, and as I remember her - full of fun, and indomitable spirit.

Theresa at Whitby 2004


02 Jan 10 - 03:33 PM (#2801748)
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From: John MacKenzie

That's a super pic mate, captures her perfectly.


02 Jan 10 - 03:35 PM (#2801750)
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From: Surreysinger

Yep ... I was very proud that Theresa actually chose to put the pic up on her Facebook page some time ago. It's how I want to remember her.


02 Jan 10 - 03:38 PM (#2801756)
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From: open mike

here is the thread where, for a month, we have been sending smiles
for her. I hope she is able to freely smile, sing, dance and all
now that she is not encumbered by her body.

http://www.mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=125567

she had ALS or Lou Gerig's Disease, a.k.a. in England as
motor neuron disease, a progressive neurological disorder.

I am glad her suffering is over.


02 Jan 10 - 03:41 PM (#2801760)
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From: Jean(eanjay)

So sorry to hear this sad news.


02 Jan 10 - 03:44 PM (#2801764)
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From: CannieShieldsLaddie

Very sad, but now free from suffering.

Always will remember our songs together at Whitby.


02 Jan 10 - 03:56 PM (#2801776)
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From: Pistachio

Oh, that choir up there had better be ready for a belter of a singalong. Her voice, instantly recognisable, will delight in making the rafters ring.
Tho' sad at her loss I'm smiling as I remember all the times we kept Warwick awake - Be at peace Theresa, and Farewell,

Hazel.xx

PS Brilliant picture from Whitby (Surreysinger) Thanks.


02 Jan 10 - 04:30 PM (#2801800)
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From: Partridge

Bye for now Theresa, keep singing.

Pat x


02 Jan 10 - 04:30 PM (#2801801)
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From: Menolly

Many, many times I sang in her shadow. many times she taught me harmonies. Many times I could belt out a song knowing Theresa was louder and more musical. Many times our husbands stood propping up the bar, watching a door or helping the singing chef. When I was widowed she brought me into the family of the Shellbacks. She has been in my life so long I cannot remember when we first met but I have missed her from the festivals and my life and feel poorer for the loss of her. May her voice have returned in full force so she can add guts to a heavenly choir.
God bless you Theresa. I love you.

Gillian


02 Jan 10 - 05:03 PM (#2801816)
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From: Little Robyn

Very sorry to hear this.
Here are some photos from the Auckland Folk Festival 2006 when the Shellbacks came halfway around the world.
That's me in green, next to Theresa in the second one down.
We first saw her at the Wrekin in 1990, when she sang a song we were impressed with. There's an old thread here that follows our search for the singer and the song, and then she came to us!
I'm so pleased we were able to meet her again and I'm glad she's out of pain, but she will be missed.
Farewell Theresa.
Robyn


02 Jan 10 - 05:14 PM (#2801831)
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From: GUEST,Dennis and Glenis

Memories of your humour and singing will live on. Bless you.


02 Jan 10 - 06:09 PM (#2801863)
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From: 8_Pints

Thanks for posting those New Zealand photos Little Robyn.

The other Mudcat piper with me is John Routledge.

Sue features in the 4th photo, all of which were taken on the 2006 Shellbacks tour of NZ.

My treasured memory was of Theresa performing the "Haal Op" shanty in Dutch learnt from the "Enkhuizen 4" on a previous tour to Holland.

Once heard never forgoten!

Bob vG


02 Jan 10 - 06:15 PM (#2801869)
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From: Aeola

What a great lady,, she was an inspiration to all. She has been so ill and I cannot but feel glad that she is now at peace. Her and Bill will be singing together once again. I'll drink to them both when I'm in the naughty chair at Fylde!


02 Jan 10 - 06:41 PM (#2801896)
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From: Alio

Like Sylvia, I'm just glad Theresa will be with her Bill again - probably telling him off!
I've got such wonderful memories of her - singing everywhere she went, even in the chippy queue! And the week in the house we all shared at Whitby was just fantastic! Singing till late every night with her leading the way.
Saddleworth hasn't been the same for me since she stopped coming because of her ill health.
I'm so glad I knew her, and could count her as a good friend.
Lots of love Theresa,
Ali xx


02 Jan 10 - 06:59 PM (#2801910)
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From: bavis

Thank you and RIP.


02 Jan 10 - 07:36 PM (#2801932)
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From: GUEST,North/South Annie

Theresa I'll never forget your singing or your valiant spirit, now make sure you get that heavenly choir singing just right and with you centre front. R.I.P.    Annie X


02 Jan 10 - 08:08 PM (#2801960)
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From: Big Mick

I am sitting here just grinning from ear to ear. And in every single picture I see of this fabulous person, so is about every other person. My grin is from looking at that beautiful, wee face and remembering how I felt each time I was around her. With no offense intended to any others beliefs let me say that I thank God I got to meet this amazing person and feel the happiness that being around her provided. If one can leave this earth, as we all must, and do so with such good feelings left behind as our Theresa did, then that is a life well lived. If I have a regret in all this, it is just that I won't be able to experience being around her again. But I take great joy and comfort in looking at those pictures and remembering how she was. And I just can't wipe this smile off my face.

I can imagine her and Barry sharing rememberances. Warning to their mates in Heaven: Don't try to compete when those two voices start. Just throw in some harmony, and move in for the smiles......you lucky dogs.......

Mick


02 Jan 10 - 08:48 PM (#2801977)
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From: GUEST,Dani

Yep, Mick, I noticed in one of the photos posted below that Barry was there, too. I do love the thought of the two of them re-united : )

Dani


02 Jan 10 - 08:57 PM (#2801982)
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From: ranger1

My first Getaway was the only time I ever met Theresa, but she is a huge part of the memories of that wonderful time. I was standing a few feet away when she started singing and thought I was going to get blown over. Happy singing, Theresa.


02 Jan 10 - 09:13 PM (#2801987)
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From: GUEST,Barbara and Nigel

So sorry to hear this. Remember the first time we meet - at of all things, sa folk festival held at Butlin's! Will be missed.


02 Jan 10 - 09:21 PM (#2801991)
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From: Chanteyranger

My condolences to her family, friends and singing partners. I really enjoyed meeting her in 2001, and in that few days it was obvious what a great personality and big heart she had.

Chanteyranger


02 Jan 10 - 09:23 PM (#2801992)
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From: KT

Theresa.   What a light you have been.   Thank you.


02 Jan 10 - 09:36 PM (#2802000)
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From: Ebbie

GREAT photos.

I have recounted this before but just in case...

At one point in the 2005 Getaway, there was a lull. At one end of the dining hall Amos was strumming his guitar and Theresa happened upon the scene. She listened for a moment and then shouted up the hall: Anyone got a song to go with this beat?


02 Jan 10 - 09:54 PM (#2802008)
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From: Tropic Al

Sad news. A lovely lady who always remembered people & had time for a chat. Great singer too.


02 Jan 10 - 10:01 PM (#2802013)
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From: Jeri

I haven't known what to say since I read this news. She was a fierce, witty little woman whose spirit burned brightly. I'll remember her that way always.


02 Jan 10 - 10:42 PM (#2802032)
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From: GUEST,999

RIP, Theresa.


03 Jan 10 - 12:06 AM (#2802050)
Subject: RE: Obit: Theresa Tooley (Treaties) 2 Jan 2010
From: Ross Campbell

Peace is not something I associate with Theresa. If there was ever a lull in proceedings, she'd be sure to step up and start something happening. That's my first memory of her, before I even knew who she was, this fireball of a small person with a huge voice and heart. Her joy was not just in singing herself, but in bringing others forward so they too could know that feeling. I wish I could have known her longer, but it's a relief that her pain is over. I feel so lucky for the times we had. Thanks for the songs, Theresa.
Ross


03 Jan 10 - 10:06 AM (#2802112)
Subject: RE: Obit: Theresa Tooley (Treaties) 2 Jan 2010
From: GUEST,Liz Randall

You leave a big gap Theresa.
Rest in peace.


03 Jan 10 - 10:29 AM (#2802124)
Subject: RE: Obit: Theresa Tooley (Treaties) 2 Jan 2010
From: Verna

One of our very dearest friends. I am just so glad that I was able to visit when I was in England recently. Thank you Eileen for the accommodation and Kath for your selfless devotion to Theresa. Her songs will live on and her inspiration remembered by us all.The suffering is over RIP   Verna and Ray


03 Jan 10 - 10:33 AM (#2802131)
Subject: RE: Obit: Theresa Tooley (Treaties) 2 Jan 2010
From: Splott Man

Lost for words. A whirlwind of a character.

We were running a folk club at Upton Festival a few years back.
Theresa was there and so we expected a belter, but instead got a gentle silly little song about a man "who was so small". Even so, she couldn't stay in one place to sing it, but moved around the room singing a line to each and every one of us.

RIP

Splott Man


03 Jan 10 - 10:51 AM (#2802143)
Subject: RE: Obit: Theresa Tooley (Treaties) 2 Jan 2010
From: Dame Pattie Smith EPNS

What is Dying?

I am standing on the sea shore
A ship at my side spreads her
white sails in the morning breeze
and starts for the blue ocean.
She is an object of beauty and I
stand and watch her until at last
she fades on the horizon.

Then someone at my side says
"There she has gone" -
Gone where?
Gone from my sight - that is all.
She is just as large in the mast,
hull and spars as she was
when she left my side.......

The diminished size
and total loss of sight
is in me, not in her,
and just at the moment when
someone at my side says
"She is gone"
others take up the glad shout
"There she comes".

And that is dying. An horizon is just the limit of our sight.
Bishop Brent


03 Jan 10 - 10:59 AM (#2802146)
Subject: RE: Obit: Theresa Tooley (Treaties) 2 Jan 2010
From: Cllr

I'm sad but only for those of us that miss you. A little lady with a big voice and an even bigger heart, I can still here you sing.
Love Cllr


03 Jan 10 - 11:44 AM (#2802176)
Subject: RE: Obit: Theresa Tooley (Treaties) 2 Jan 2010
From: Red and White Rabbit

Cant believe we wont meet up for a chat and a sing again. A great support and inspiration. I am honoured to have known you.

Sue x


03 Jan 10 - 12:54 PM (#2802239)
Subject: RE: Obit: Theresa Tooley (Treaties) 2 Jan 2010
From: Ebbie

At a concert the other night the performer prefaced his song by telling this story:

A woman was dying of cancer and one day she told her husband of many years that she'd been thinking of how it says in the Bible that to God one day is like a thousand years and a thousand years like a single day. She said that she did the math and 80-85 years on that scale comes out to just about an hour.

A few minutes before she died, she whispered to her husband, "See you in an hour."


03 Jan 10 - 03:20 PM (#2802358)
Subject: RE: Obit: Theresa Tooley (Treaties) 2 Jan 2010
From: GUEST,ladywith hat and sillytrousers

At last your sufferings over and you can go join your Bill
we will miss you dearly but never forget,Your voice will still echo at the festivals and you will always be in our thoughts and hearts
God Bless.
Carol,John and Becca


03 Jan 10 - 05:25 PM (#2802460)
Subject: RE: Obit: Theresa Tooley (Treaties) 2 Jan 2010
From: My guru always said

It's all been said here. Sadness, relief for the ending of Theresa's suffering, but overall there's joy and gladness for having known her and shared time and songs with her. I can see her raising the roof with those who have gone before. Be at peace Theresa, candle lit.
Hil xxx


03 Jan 10 - 05:54 PM (#2802481)
Subject: RE: Obit: Theresa Tooley (Treaties) 2 Jan 2010
From: Andy Jackson

Dame Patti 10.51
Those words are wonderful Patti.
We just have to remember Theresa is only next door in the other singaround.
Andy


03 Jan 10 - 06:19 PM (#2802502)
Subject: RE: Obit: Theresa Tooley (Treaties) 2 Jan 2010
From: Linda Kelly

May the light from the lighthouse shine on you old girl! Lots of happy memories to give us comfort. Smile down on us Theresa Love Linda


04 Jan 10 - 02:55 AM (#2802751)
Subject: RE: Obit: Theresa Tooley (Treaties) 2 Jan 2010
From: Joules

Lovely lady with a wonderful voice. RIP Theresa


04 Jan 10 - 03:23 AM (#2802760)
Subject: RE: Obit: Theresa Tooley (Treaties) 2 Jan 2010
From: janemick

So sorry to hear this news - she was so kind - she barely grimaced at all when I inflicted my early fiddle playing on her at Leigh folk club all those years ago! We won't forget you Theresa Jane & Pete Mickelborough


04 Jan 10 - 04:18 AM (#2802777)
Subject: RE: Obit: Theresa Tooley (Treaties) 2 Jan 2010
From: Liz the Squeak

Do we have any news of funeral arrangements? I'm banking on someone arranging a day of song for her, for those who can't make the funeral...

LTS


04 Jan 10 - 07:11 AM (#2802856)
Subject: RE: Obit: Theresa Tooley (Treaties) 2 Jan 2010
From: Raggytash

It was a joy to have known Theresa, hopefully she's found peace at last after so much suffering, sleep well lass.


04 Jan 10 - 07:11 AM (#2802857)
Subject: RE: Obit: Theresa Tooley (Treaties) 2 Jan 2010
From: Sailor Ron

"It's time to go now, haul away....." I'm glad she's 'crossed the bar' and is now at peace, but I, like so many others , will never forget her.   Ron


04 Jan 10 - 07:38 AM (#2802873)
Subject: RE: Obit: Theresa Tooley (Treaties) 2 Jan 2010
From: GUEST,muppitz at work

I can't remember when I met Theresa, but she just always seems to have been around in my folk festival life.
A fabulous woman who undeservedly got the shitty end of the stick but remained an inspiration in song and in life. I'm sure big Col had a big hug for her when she arrived.

muppitz
x


04 Jan 10 - 07:38 AM (#2802874)
Subject: RE: Obit: Theresa Tooley (Treaties) 2 Jan 2010
From: Black belt caterpillar wrestler

I wish her peace, but, somehow, I imagine that, like Mich Ben's tribute to John Peel, we should not have a minute's silence but a minutes noise! (Musical noise, of course)


04 Jan 10 - 09:42 AM (#2802948)
Subject: RE: Obit: Theresa Tooley (Treaties) 2 Jan 2010
From: GUEST,SallyM

Yes it's all been said. What a sad loss of such a super, lovely spirited lady. The few times I met her over the years she had me in fits of laughter. She will not be forgotten.

Sally


04 Jan 10 - 10:24 AM (#2802969)
Subject: RE: Obit: Theresa Tooley (Treaties) 2 Jan 2010
From: Les from Hull

Maggie and I feel privileged to have known Theresa and spent time with her at festivals and on holiday. A little lady with a big voice and an even bigger heart. The postings from so many here pay tribute to how much her life touched others.


04 Jan 10 - 10:37 AM (#2802975)
Subject: RE: Obit: Theresa Tooley (Treaties) 2 Jan 2010
From: MMario

There doesn't seem to be anything I can add. I'm another who met Theresa through FSGW Getaways; and though I didn't know her well or long, I will miss her indeed!

Theresa and Barry - both small in stature, great in personality and voice. Two voices that you KNOW will echoe down the ages....


04 Jan 10 - 10:37 AM (#2802977)
Subject: RE: Obit: Theresa Tooley (Treaties) 2 Jan 2010
From: Liz the Squeak

I hope someone is going to print them out and take them to her family... just in case they didn't realise how much she was loved.

LTS


05 Jan 10 - 02:20 AM (#2803683)
Subject: RE: Obit: Theresa Tooley (Treaties) 2 Jan 2010
From: Selchie - (RH)

Very sad news of a brave & talented lady.

Theresa will be remembered not only for her enthusiasm & powerful performances, but also for her encouragement to those who were new to the folk world or less experienced than herself. Always great fun to be around.

Rest in peace now, we will all miss your presence but remember you with love & gratitude.

Rosie S


05 Jan 10 - 02:35 AM (#2803688)
Subject: RE: Obit: Theresa Tooley (Treaties) 2 Jan 2010
From: Merek'n'Dary

A fabulous feisty lady and a great character, who we will always remember with a chuckle and great fondness!

Glad she can now be with her loved ones and will be able to sing out once again. Watch out Heaven Captain Bloody Valiant's coming!!!!

Derek and Mary


05 Jan 10 - 04:31 AM (#2803718)
Subject: RE: Obit: Theresa Tooley (Treaties) 2 Jan 2010
From: GUEST

Another one joins the great sing "up there" Johnny will welcome her I'm sure.


05 Jan 10 - 06:20 AM (#2803785)
Subject: RE: Obit: Theresa Tooley (Treaties) 2 Jan 2010
From: GUEST,banjoman

Maggie and I only met her twice and one of those was at the funeral of another dear friend - We'll never forget her song about the Lion Tamer which has stayed with us all these years - only Theresa could sing it - No doubt she is singing as loudly as ever with all those friends who went ahead of her.
Rest (and sing) in peace
Pete & maggie


05 Jan 10 - 07:00 AM (#2803799)
Subject: RE: Obit: Theresa Tooley (Treaties) 2 Jan 2010
From: Surreysinger

Strangely enough banjoman my sister (who liked Theresa immensely) and I were only discussing the Lion Tamer song yesterday ... and Titanic which I can remember Theresa belting out at the National, and encouraging all to participate in.


05 Jan 10 - 07:08 AM (#2803807)
Subject: RE: Obit: Theresa Tooley (Treaties) 2 Jan 2010
From: GUEST,padgett on lap top

Oh no O no here he comes again!

It's Captain Bloody Valiant, with his chair and his whip and his pistol on his hip!

The Lion Tamer, popularised by Theresa and friends!

Ray


05 Jan 10 - 09:54 AM (#2803944)
Subject: RE: Obit: Theresa Tooley (Treaties) 2 Jan 2010
From: GUEST,Cath E

Theresa had a wonderful personality and was a great performer.She will be much missed, but I am relieved for her that her suffering is now over.Rest in peace (and joyful music) Theresa.from Cath E


05 Jan 10 - 10:15 AM (#2803960)
Subject: RE: Obit: Theresa Tooley (Treaties) 2 Jan 2010
From: GUEST,guest bob&barbara tyrer

will miss you at singarounds fond memories of singing with you safe journey a little lady with a big voice and heart to match


05 Jan 10 - 10:19 AM (#2803964)
Subject: RE: Obit: Theresa Tooley (Treaties) 2 Jan 2010
From: GUEST,frank newton

A lovely lady missed by all


05 Jan 10 - 11:54 AM (#2804044)
Subject: RE: Obit: Theresa Tooley (Treaties) 2 Jan 2010
From: GUEST,hsa

Sad news which has only just reached me. A great lady with a great voice - and so sad to have suffered such a debilitating illness for a singer. RIP
Helen


05 Jan 10 - 06:15 PM (#2804334)
Subject: RE: Obit: Theresa Tooley (Treaties) 2 Jan 2010
From: skipy

Sorry to read this, RIP, glasses will be raised at W*********.
Skipy


05 Jan 10 - 09:12 PM (#2804466)
Subject: RE: Obit: Theresa Tooley (Treaties) 2 Jan 2010
From: Edain

Gutted. There are no other words.


06 Jan 10 - 05:34 AM (#2804683)
Subject: RE: Obit: Theresa Tooley (Treaties) 2 Jan 2010
From: Cavia_P

Oh dear, I came on MC for the first time in ages looking for one old friend and found another has passed.
I can't remember a time when Theresa wasn't at the heart of any festival singaround. She was someone I always enjoyed spending time with, and it was always quality time.
Captain Bloody Valiant was her song (in my mind), but I recall the Ironing Board Shanty and "I'll be no submissive wife". She was at the forefront of a group of very formidable ladies, but always with great humour and affection.

RIP Treasure.

Chris Nicole
Guineapigs and polar bears


06 Jan 10 - 11:14 AM (#2804906)
Subject: RE: Obit: Theresa Tooley (Treaties) 2 Jan 2010
From: GUEST,M+C

She'll be greatly missed at many festivals. A friendly face in the foodtent for a lot of years. Sleep peacefully.


06 Jan 10 - 11:37 AM (#2804932)
Subject: RE: Obit: Theresa Tooley (Treaties) 2 Jan 2010
From: Joan from Wigan

A wonderful lady, and I feel privileged to have known her. She will be very much missed.

Joan Blackburn


07 Jan 10 - 09:17 AM (#2805686)
Subject: RE: Obit: Theresa Tooley (Treaties) 2 Jan 2010
From: Marie27

Sending my love
M


07 Jan 10 - 04:49 PM (#2806040)
Subject: RE: Obit: Theresa Tooley (Treaties) 2 Jan 2010
From: Matthew Edwards

A wonderful lady whose performance of 'Juliana' was unforgettable. Sadly missed.

Matthew


07 Jan 10 - 06:05 PM (#2806104)
Subject: RE: Obit: Theresa Tooley (Treaties) 2 Jan 2010
From: JHW

Not fair is it, with all that outgoing energy. RIP


08 Jan 10 - 06:30 AM (#2806432)
Subject: RE: Obit: Theresa Tooley (Treaties) 2 Jan 2010
From: Vin2

Didn't know Theresa personally but saw her many times at Saddleworth festival originally with Firm Friends. Her and Bill camped next to me one year and they were a fab couple to talk to. Always a bubbly, lively lady and a great singer and a joy to see/hear each year.

Condolencies to her family and R.I.P Theresa and Bill.


08 Jan 10 - 06:44 AM (#2806441)
Subject: RE: Obit: Theresa Tooley (Treaties) 2 Jan 2010
From: marypoppins

Only had the opportunity to meet and sing with Theresa on a couple of occasions.
What a divine inspiration she was and such a great singer too.
She will be sorely missed but not forgotten.

love from Capstan Full Strength


09 Jan 10 - 11:29 AM (#2807518)
Subject: RE: Obit: Theresa Tooley (Treaties) 2 Jan 2010
From: Mike A Concertinas

A lovely singer and a lady, the world is now a poorer place. Mike


09 Jan 10 - 06:33 PM (#2807856)
Subject: RE: Obit: Theresa Tooley (Treaties) 2 Jan 2010
From: Dave Wynn

Theresa promted the writing of Indian Summer by Pete Ryder. He never, ever sang that song without crediting Theresa with the raison d'etre. Why, is between Pete and Theresa. She could sing a third below my bass harmony and a fifth above my melody. She was good with hugs when you needed one too. Weeping here Theresa..........


10 Jan 10 - 03:40 PM (#2808507)
Subject: RE: Obit: Theresa Tooley (Treaties) 2 Jan 2010
From: GUEST,Sue

I only met Theresa a few times, but what an inspiration she was. I will never forget a very special journey from Sleights to Mickleby.

Sue x


12 Jan 10 - 03:48 AM (#2809768)
Subject: RE: Obit: Theresa Tooley (Treaties) 2 Jan 2010
From: nutty

refresh


15 Jan 10 - 09:16 PM (#2813273)
Subject: RE: Obit: Theresa Tooley (Treaties) 2 Jan 2010
From: GUEST,Jenny from Northern College

Cannot believe the sad news--met Theresa at Northern college 4 years ago--once met never forgotten.
You will be entertaining all--still.
Jenny


16 Jan 10 - 09:20 AM (#2813557)
Subject: RE: Obit: Theresa Tooley (Treaties) 2 Jan 2010
From: Shantyfreak

So many people sharing memories of this grand-old-lady. She has left a big hole in the life of all of us who knew her.
There have been murmurings of a Memorial Concert and why not? (put me down for a ticket) but for the rest of this year why don't we all remember Theresa in the way she would like best.
At every festival we have connections with, let's persuade the organisers to nominate one of the Sing-a-Rounds as the "Theresa Tooley Memorial Sing-a-Round" and let's all sing our favourite songs that we sang with T. That way every-one can join in everywhere.
Pass the thought on.
Jim


02 Jan 11 - 04:17 AM (#3065419)
Subject: RE: Obit: Theresa Tooley (Treaties) 2 Jan 2010
From: nutty

It's a year now since we lost Theresa but, such was her impact on my life, that she is still almost constantly in my thoughts.

Perhaps this is what is really meant by life after death.

Certainly the spirit of Theresa will never die


02 Jan 11 - 06:42 AM (#3065460)
Subject: RE: Obit: Theresa Tooley (Treaties) 2 Jan 2010
From: Liz the Squeak

It's strange, it seems like years ago she went and yet, like only yesterday....

Bless her, she'll not be forgotten for a long while yet!

LTS


02 Jan 11 - 08:35 AM (#3065498)
Subject: RE: Obit: Theresa Tooley (Treaties) 2 Jan 2010
From: My guru always said

Still remembering Theresa, thanks for refreshing this!


02 Jan 11 - 09:51 AM (#3065524)
Subject: RE: Obit: Theresa Tooley (Treaties) 2 Jan 2010
From: Mrs.Duck

Her voice lives on in many hearts.


02 Jan 11 - 01:08 PM (#3065621)
Subject: RE: Obit: Theresa Tooley (Treaties) 2 Jan 2010
From: GUEST,guest

been over to leigh today to put flowers on theresa's grave .it may be a year to the day since she died but the grief of her passing is still with us both alan cox & ann clancy.


02 Jan 11 - 01:29 PM (#3065636)
Subject: RE: Obit: Theresa Tooley (Treaties) 2 Jan 2010
From: Barb'ry

Pete Hopkins sang 'Captain Valiant' at New Year but in my mind all I could hear was Theresa!
We still miss her


02 Jan 11 - 03:27 PM (#3065715)
Subject: RE: Obit: Theresa Tooley (Treaties) 2 Jan 2010
From: Ebbie

I met Therese only the once - at the 2004 or 2005 Getaway - but I think of her often. Especially so, since the little Care Bear she sent me sits on a shelf I pass every day. This was a woman larger than life encased in a small frame that was scarcely large enough to hold her. It will be a long time before I forget her, if ever.


02 Jan 11 - 07:52 PM (#3065891)
Subject: RE: Obit: Theresa Tooley (Treaties) 2 Jan 2010
From: GUEST,Linda Kelly

She is alive and kicking in our memories!


02 Jan 11 - 08:25 PM (#3065908)
Subject: RE: Obit: Theresa Tooley (Treaties) 2 Jan 2010
From: GUEST,old girl

Remembering Theresa with love,I will never forget her.


02 Jan 11 - 08:40 PM (#3065916)
Subject: RE: Obit: Theresa Tooley (Treaties) 2 Jan 2010
From: Dave Earl

"Pete Hopkins sang 'Captain Valiant'"

And wasn't that just a typical Theresa song.

Wasn't at Pete's rendition but whenever I here that song I'll remember Theresa in the thick of it all giving welly like only she could.

RIP

Dave


02 Jan 11 - 08:43 PM (#3065917)
Subject: RE: Obit: Theresa Tooley (Treaties) 2 Jan 2010
From: SINSULL

Her CD is here. So is Theresa. A great lady!
Mary


02 Jan 11 - 08:47 PM (#3065919)
Subject: RE: Obit: Theresa Tooley (Treaties) 2 Jan 2010
From: Nancy King

I was listening to the CD just the other day. Excellent stuff! A very powerful voice and a wonderful spirit.


02 Jan 11 - 10:13 PM (#3065948)
Subject: RE: Obit: Theresa Tooley (Treaties) 2 Jan 2010
From: Richard Atkins

Remembering a special lady.

Ann my recordings of you and Theresa will be sorted one day via Hazel unless you can PM me.

My video of Theresa at Carol and Andrews wedding was special and only to be released with advice from those closest to her. Nutty advice ?

Thank you for you Theresa.

Richard


03 Jan 11 - 07:50 PM (#3066618)
Subject: RE: Obit: Theresa Tooley (Treaties) 2 Jan 2010
From: SylviaN

Fond memories of a lovely person.


13 Jan 12 - 04:14 AM (#3289773)
Subject: RE: Obit: Theresa Tooley (Treaties) 2 Jan 2010
From: nutty

Another year goes by.

I wonder if this year of natural disasters has anything to do with Theresa stirring things up in the heavens. That's a thought that puts a smile on my face.

This is just to send birthdat wishes to Theresa wherever she is now.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY