RIP Lord Beari of Bow – Our Loss

“I am ready to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.”  Winston Churchill. 

It was with sadness that we learned this weekend that Brian, Lord Beari of Bow had passed away.  

I wasn’t intending to write a tribute; I was going to re-blog doesitevenmatter3 until I remembered Carolyn’s site was private.

Lord Beari and Coco

A few of us stayed in e-mail touch with Brian during his recent heart illness, and as time went on, with his daughter Sarah. We knew the end was coming, but it doesn’t make it any less sad.

I know some of you will have read a few of Brian’s comments on several of my pages. Therefore it seems fitting to share our loss.

 Brian and I had been blogging friends for almost two years; we bumped into each other on someone else’s site and hit it off straight away. He’d left England as a teenager during the post-war years when his family emigrated to Australia. He and I  shared the same sense of humour, fun, a love of England and Englishness, and like me he disliked being called a Brit, we were ENGLISH. 

In his inimitable cockney way, he loved winding people up. When we first met, he gave me the rundown on some of his followers, even offering suggestions about those I should and should not follow!

I loved reading his often opinionated and amusing comments. Once when I used a video on my blog that contained the F word, he gave me a right telling off. I dislike swearing too, and I never use the F word, but I did think the video was very funny. From then on though I was very careful as to what I used on my site!

On another occasion, I bought an outdoor rocking metal bench for my patio, I placed  pretty cushions upon it and showed it off proudly on my blog, only to have Brian come along and say, That’s the most uncomfortable looking thing I’ve ever seen, are you mad?

Earlier this year, Brian asked if I would proofread and edit some of his writing, and also some from his earlier blogs. He wanted to create a book for his grandchildren about his early life. I did as he asked, but goodness knows why he chose me, I can’t even proofread my own work properly! I do hope he managed to complete the book.

We, online bloggers, are an odd lot, most of us have never physically met, and yet in many cases, the meeting of our minds, no matter what the difference in age often facilitates a bonding.

Good Night and God Bless, Brian, I already miss your morning messages, but please do feel free to occasionally come back and haunt me, you might need to keep me on my toes and tell me where I’m going wrong. ๐Ÿ™‚

(C) 2019

27 thoughts on “RIP Lord Beari of Bow – Our Loss

  1. I am so sorry to read this, Sue. You are so very right about us bloggers–we are an odd lot. We will most likely never meet, but still we feel each other’s pain and celebrate the joys. Rest in peace, Brian.

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  2. Murphy's Law

    Brian looks like such a sweet soul, with more than a little touch of imp in him.

    I’m sorry you lost your friend Sue. May he rest in peace.
    ๐ŸพGinger ๐Ÿพ

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    1. I’ve been trying to remember his exact age, I know mid eighties, but have forgotten the year he was he born. He wrote some good ones Peter, I loved his tales of the old days.

      He always said he was bad at remembering faces. Then one day when walking down the street a woman stopped him and said โ€œHello Brianโ€ he answered her with, โ€œDo I know you?โ€ She replied, โ€œI hope so, I am your sister!โ€ He made me laugh. Thank you Peter.

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  3. Oh, such a beautiful tribute to our Lord ๐Ÿป iOfBow!
    Thank you, Sue! I have sad-tears in my eyes while reading this…but I, also, laughed out loud!
    I think he would get a kick outa’ so many of us blogging about him! I know of at least 4 tribute posts so far. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Thank you for being such a good and delightful friend to your blogging friends! ๐Ÿ™‚
    (((HUGS))) and <3,

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    1. Thank you, Carolyn. Oh he would definitely have got a kick out of us blogging about him. You’re right, the quote was just perfect for him, almost as though he’d chosen it himself!
      Where do I look for the other tributes, I would love to read them.

      Thank you for your kind comments Carolyn, such a lovely thing to say. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. What a wonderful tribute, Sue! I concur: the Churchill quotation at the top is exactly right! I loved hearing about the way you found Brian out there in the blogosphere. Which makes me wonder what it was that kept us all coming back. I’m sure there were many reasons. However, I’d like to believe it was also because we recognized in Brian something important for each of us. Sort of like a prescription we didn’t know we needed?

    Now I’m off to see the Disperser’s tribute. I’ve also requested access to Carolyn’s site, and hope to see that as well.

    Aside from the tribute, your blog looks impressive–and I love that you live in Yorkshire. Not because I’ve been there, but because I’m a fan of The Yorkshire Vets precisely because it shows so much of the countryside.

    Blessings to you as you make your way. Life is full of so many surprises. Not all of them welcome.

    Elouise ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Oh, Elouise. thank you for such lovely comments.
      I like that, a prescription that kept us going back for more! It was Carolyn who sent me in your direction.
      I can’t believe that you’re a fan of the Yorkshire Vets. I love that series.
      Thank you for your kind comments about my blog, and of course, my Yorkshire.
      You know, I think Brian would have liked it that some of us are now in touch with each other because of him. Thank you, Elouise ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. gc

    My deepest condolences on your loss Susan. Bloggers are a strange lot. Although separated by distance in miles we are united in our thoughts and sentiments and desire to communicate with others. We are family and the loss of one of our number is a loss suffered by us all. I am sure that wherever Brian’s spirit of fun is now located it will highly approve of your touching eulogy to his memory. Good work partner. xx

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