It is with great sadness that I have to write this today, but sadly 'Hadge' passed away in the early hours of this morning aged 85.
For all of the old posters on here that remember and know Tel2U, you will all have had the great pleasure of meeting his Dad Harold. Many of you will remember him from D's a few years ago, a nicer man you couldn't meet, and the biggest Stoke fan you will ever come across.
He had suffered a short illness and had been in hospital for a few weeks with Pneumonia, his passing will leave a very big hole in many peoples lives.
RIP Hadge, it really was a great pleasure knowing you, I am a far better man for having done so.
Went a couple of years without seeing him, but when we came back he remembered me and we had a right old chat.
Also shared one of my funniest moments ever, at his expense! His birthday party earlier this year, a race night that turned into a bingo night due to the host turning up with dodgy gear! You had to be there!
He will be missed, and my thoughts are with Tel and his family.. Im thankful that I was able to call him a friend.
Sincere condolences, Tel. Your Dad was an inspiration to those of us fortunate enough to know him and remember his lack of self-pity when things weren't too good and the smiling welcome accorded us, in Delilah's, whatever his or the club's situation.
Gutted isn't the word I'm seeking. Tone had a text off Tel earlier and told me about it tonight.
Harold was in the same league as Big Ade - one of the nicest gentlemen you could ever meet in life, and losing him (just like Ade) leaves one with a hollow feeling. But knowing people like Big Ade and Harold is what makes life just that much richer, and all those who knew him will have been left with a warm glow at having shared his infectious warmth. It was impossible not to love the old rogue.
Rest in Peace, H., and my deepest and heartfelt condolences to Tel and all the family.
Post by Stoke in the Prem on Jun 16, 2012 4:56:12 GMT
I sit here in Bournemouth crying like a baby and full of sadness. Harold it was a priviledge to know you and call you my friend. It is only a few weeks ago you phoned to see how I was and have a chat and it appeared then you were 120 percent. The world is an emptier and sadder place without you. You truly were a gentleman!
After some complicating delays, Hadges funeral will be this Friday (20th July) for all interested in attending.
The service will be held at St. Werburghs Church on Seabridge Lane, Clayton at 1:30pm.
Then afterwards on to the Holy Trinity Church Social club (ST5 1LQ), the club is behind the church so if you take the left directly after the church and then left again you will be in the social club car park.
If anyone has any questions please drop me a pm or post on here and I will let you know.
Oh, and Stoke tops are welcome, a colourful Stoke send off is in order.
"This is the moment, it's Archer to Guptill, 2 to win! Guptill's going to push for 2 they've got to go! He's got to go to the keeper's end! He's got it!!! England have won the World Cup! By the barest of margins! By the barest of all margins!"
Post by Lakeland Potter on Jul 16, 2012 17:07:04 GMT
I shan't be able to make it - but I will be there in spirit. Give him a good send off all those who do go. I'm rather chuffed that his funeral will be less than a mile from where I lived until I was 19 (on Roe Lane)
Has the family nominated any charity for those who want to donate, Ade? If so, do we have contact details?