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.:: Our Dear Friend Wholley - Paul Bird::.

#1 Post by Beast » Sun 06 Jan, 2013 11:31 pm

.:: Our Dear Friend Wholley - Paul Bird::.

I would like to post this topic here at the top of the forums for all to see.

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I was informed today and to say it is with great regret and sadness for me to let you all know that Paul Bird also known as Wholley to the majority of us here, sadly passed away peacefully in his sleep on the 5th January 2013 after suffering with heart complications.
Such a great character with a great sense of humour.
Former bootneck and Deputy Sheriff.
Paul was with us for about 10 years here at Military Forums and our very own Moderator, he will sadly be missed by all that knew him, god bless.
My sincere condolence's go out to his family.

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#2 Post by Tab » Sun 06 Jan, 2013 11:47 pm

I'm sorry to hear the hews about Paul, he was a great character and will be sadly missed here.

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#3 Post by JR » Tue 08 Jan, 2013 4:16 am

Rest in Peace Paul,you were one of the best 'OppO'.Aye Jr
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#4 Post by Cliodna » Tue 08 Jan, 2013 1:42 pm

Sorry to hear the news about our Wholley.
Saw it on Pilgrims FB today.
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#5 Post by Pilgrim Norway » Tue 08 Jan, 2013 2:41 pm

I too received an E mail 6th January informing me of Wholley's passing.

Deeply saddened. The banter we had over so many years was always good.

I received my last load of E mails from Paul on the 3rd of January - no mention of
any sickness or anything untoward. Paul died in his sleep on Saturday.

Rest well canny lad - thank you for the excellent company and great support you gave here.

Former members of the Forum have messaged me on Fakebook to give their condolences and memories of friendship. Well deserved recognition.

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#6 Post by remewife01 » Tue 08 Jan, 2013 3:05 pm

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I've just been told about this and I'm deeply saddened. Paul was a lovely, lovely man who was very supportive to me for many years and became a dear friend. Such a shame. Sleep well, Paul and much love to his family xx

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#7 Post by Sarastro » Wed 09 Jan, 2013 11:14 pm

Sorry to hear that. I remember Paul always took everything with unflappable humour and like a top bloke, even when I mistook him for a Yank.

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#8 Post by Rover » Thu 10 Jan, 2013 12:25 am

Had to read this twice!
Was in contact with Paul over the Christmas period. Seemed his normal self no mention of anything untoward.

My sincere condolence's go out to his family.

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#9 Post by Pilgrim Norway » Thu 10 Jan, 2013 11:45 am

Extremely sudden and very sad. As said, I received my last lot of E mails from Paul on the 3rd of January and he passed on the night of 5th...

I have asked my contact for more info and enclose the reply received today - I'll come back with the funeral details as they arrive. Paul had circulatory problems and was seemingly on medication and was waiting for a stent type procedure. As you will see Paul was only 58.

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I have asked for more information and publish here the reply -

"Paul was 58 years old. His first wife, son and daughter came to Bedford yesterday to meet me at his flat. I (at Pauls request years ago) squared away his flat and handed over keys etc. The family will be coming over on Friday to pick up the rest o his belongings. These include beret, pay books and some first world war brass shell cases from his fathers service. Due to lack of organisation by the local coroner we do not have a date for the funeral yet. As soon as i have a date etc I will let you all know. I suspect it will be at Bedford crematorium. If anyone wishes to attend let me know and I will try to arrange some local, reasonable accommodation if required as well as a venue to meet up afterwards.

http://www.bedford.gov.uk/community_and ... orium.aspx

Stephen "
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I'll come back with the funeral details when received - just in case

Here is a copy of the first information I received from Stephen - to update you all -

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I have know Paul for about 4 1/2 years. He passed away on Sat night / sun morning due to a heart attack in his sleep. We found him in his armchair on Sunday morning. Paul had suffered from bad circulation for a while and I had taken him into the local hospital just before Christmas. He had thought that he may have needed a couple of operations to put stents in his legs. The hospital changed his medication and things seemed to be improving. His mobility and endurance were increasing. Although not an official Carer i took Paul out and about and spoke to him most days, providing transport where needed. In his time Paul had been married three times and had 3 children and five grandchildren. He had texted me only the other day to announce that Grandchild number five was “under Construction”. Holding dual English and American citizenship he had spent many years in America working for Virgin, driving a truck and then ended up in Hednerson County as Sheriffs Deputy. He returned to the UK about six years ago. I will miss him and his sense of humour.

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#10 Post by Beast » Thu 10 Jan, 2013 6:37 pm

Many thanks for the update Pilgrim.

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#11 Post by timex » Sun 13 Jan, 2013 4:21 am

Never met Paul, but he will be missed especially on here...

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#12 Post by ofens » Sun 13 Jan, 2013 1:14 pm

Sad to hear this, have enjoyed reading his posts, banter and encouragements over the years.

Best wishes to his friends and family.
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#13 Post by Pilgrim Norway » Tue 22 Jan, 2013 1:29 pm

? ? No further news
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#14 Post by Ares-God of War » Thu 24 Jan, 2013 4:12 pm

just read the post and am very saddened to hear the news. He will be missed.

i will be thinking about him and his family

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#15 Post by Archie » Wed 30 Jan, 2013 9:01 am

Aye one of the good guys :soldier_salut: , taken too young, see you at the FRV

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