Thank you all for participating and visiting this blog. It's now time to wrap it up but it will stay online for the foreseeable future.
You are welcome to download a copy of the full blog - all pictures, posts and comments with links to external material - at http://www.tebbo.com/StuffForGuy.pdf It's about 1.2MB and arrives as a 39-page Acrobat document.
This lovely picture was on the cover of the order of service at Guy's funeral. (Click on it for larger version.)
Bon voyage, Guy.
UPDATE: Turns out James Gracie was the photographer and Guy's companions were Noel on the left and Kelvin on the right. James penned a short note about the trip which is worth repeating:
My lasting memory of Guy was his incredible way with words. We were on
the way back from a well lubricated session in Spain and the Flanders and Swan
version of one of the Mozart Horn Concertos came out, word and tone
Apart from that, he and I probably still hold the speed sailing record
on the Mar Menor. We had all eaten at a restaurant on one of the islands and
Guy and I blasted back on a cat flying the kite. The late afternoon
thermal wind came in and caused a general recall for all the boats, but we
were allowed to continue blasting back and forth, so fast that the safety boat
couldn't keep up with us. So there are no photos of that, only great memories.
No plans as yet. End of May perhaps. Lucy is keeping us informed on the Hunkymouse blog. http://hunkymouse.livejournal.com/
I think this particular blog has served its purpose. It gave Guy some pleasure when he was able to enjoy it. And it was a focal point for conversations when he first left us. But, now, I'd say that the hunkymouse blog is the centre of the Guy universe.
I'll keep this blog running and will add new tributes to the list on the right as they come to my attention. And, if you prefer Typepad to LiveJournal, you'll still be able to post here.
My heartfelt thanks to all those who turned my little idea into a big reality. Not least of all, Guy himself, because he was the magnet for all the affection and reminiscences.
I'm sad to report that Guy is no longer with us. He died early this morning. His wife, Mary, says it all with her comment in this blog, reproduced below:
I want to thank everyone who has posted here. Your words meant a lot to Guy (and to myself and our daughters).
I am really sorry to report here that Guy died at twenty to one this morning (8th April). Right until this afternoon he had been peaceful and calm. He had a nasty fall this afternoon and I think that unsettled him tremendously. The nurses put him on a morphine pump at about 5pm yesterday. We were lucky to have a wonderful nurse from Marie Curie with us this evening and she looked after him(and us) really well. I have one of my sisters staying with me and one of my nieces. Lucy and Alice are both coming here tomorrow.
Guy died with dignity. He was a wonderful man and I will miss him terribly.