Friday 16 February 2024

 Hello world. This is Paul Smith, one of the Doc's old friends.

It's my very sad duty to let his readers know that, having suddenly become more ill at the end of January, there will be no more updates of this blog by the great man.

He passed away, surrounded by his loving family, on Monday the 12th of February, leaving a huge hole in their lives and the lives of his many friends, wider family, geocaching mates, pals from S&S and a broad selection of other jobs/work/interests...

I'd the pleasure of knowing him, his wit, his unique perspective, and especially his kindness (except to telephone scammers!) for over 16 years - we used to geocache together, where I heard many colourful stories from his life, and enjoyed many a good-natured argument about issues of the day (we usually ended-up agreeing) - and am grateful our paths crossed again in recent months as he battled bravely (always very stoic!) with his health challenges.

I hope this blog will remain as a little online insight into a complex, charming, sweet man - indeed, a gentleman - and more people will discover the Wisdom of Solly through his past posts here. They'll give me comfort, I know.

I'll sign off this post with a salute to the man, and to his faithful band of acolytes here; he enjoyed writing for you.