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Tom Pride

Tom, at the Birthday Bash in January 2017

Yesterday I heard the sad news that Tom, known to us as Tstrummer, passed away in the hospice on 22nd December.

Many of us knew that he has been unwell recently but I, for one, hadn’t realised quite how serious it was.

Our condolences go to his family and especially to Jan, his partner.


22 comments on “Tom Pride

  1. We had the privilege of meeting Tom when we were in London a couple of years ago. What a delightful person and we always looked forward to his comments on the puzzles. Our thoughts go out to Jan and his family and friends. We will miss you Tom.
    Carol and Colin.

  2. That’s really sad news. Tom was an articulate and cultured man whose comments were always worth reading. His contributions to the blog will be missed. Condolences to his family.

  3. I’m so very sorry to hear that. I had the pleasure of enjoying his company a couple of BD’s Birthday Bashes and he will be sorely missed by his family, friends and all of us on the blog.

  4. Really sad, when he was still adding his thoughts to the blog at the end of the day I made a point of reading them first thing in the morning while drinking my first cup of tea. My sincere condolences to his partner Jan and all of his family not forgetting the charming dogs. He will be missed.

  5. Such a sad time for Jan and the family – my thoughts go out to them.
    I’m so glad that I had the opportunity to meet Tom at the birthday celebrations and I shall greatly miss his tales of Strummer Towers and the London transport system, not to mention his pertinent comments on the back-pagers.

  6. This is terribly sad news. Tom was a great chap to know. We shared a love of Bob Dylan and Tom Waits. I was fortunate enough to meet Tom at at the birthday bashes but he always visited me when his narrowboat made it to Long Itchington where we would share a few pints together.

  7. A lovely guy who knew how to write and was also great company in person. He will be sadly missed. My condolences to all who knew him and especially to his family.

  8. Oh dear, that is sad news indeed. I never met him but always enjoyed his comments. We’ll greatly miss his contributions.

  9. Very sad news, especially at this time of the year, for his partner and family in particular.

    I had the pleasure to meet him too and always found his comments well-made and pertinent. I’m sure there will be a few glasses raised in his memory at the Birthday Bash.

  10. Terribly sad news. An articulate, humorous and astute gentleman with whom I had the privilege and pleasure of sharing a few glasses of beer and whisky with over the last few years. I will miss seeing his incisive comments and banter on the blog.

    My heartfelt condolences go to Jan, his family and his many friends on their sad loss.

    RIP Tom – I’ll miss you.

  11. What sad news. He was a lovely man both in person and on the page / screen. He will be long remembered by our little community.

  12. This is such sad news. I had the pleasure of meeting him a couple of times and send my sympathy to Jan and to all his family and friends.

  13. That is such sad news. Tom’s comments here always had substance, style, and wit. I will miss reading his thoughts on crosswords, language, music, and much more, along with his often-amusing accounts of his late-night journeys on public transportation. It saddens me that I will never get to meet him in person. My condolences to Jan and to all of his family and friends.

  14. Used to enjoy reading his comments at a late hour and was honoured to have met him a couple of times.
    He shall be dearly missed.
    All my condolences to his family and friends.

  15. Truly sad. I think he had brought along a guitar to the last birthday bash, along with some others, but it never got to the stage where we got them out, a shame. Condolences to partner and family

  16. That’s very sad news. I really enjoyed reading his comments on here. I well remember this one from 2 years ago, when the snow was falling on the website screen. Ts came back with this cracking witty retort:

    I’ve just been to collect my new specs from Specsavers and have come into the museum to read the blog on a computer. All I can see is white dots floating about all over the place. I’m taking the ruddy things straight back! ……………. :-)

    Shouldn’t have gone to Specsavers

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