John Spencer

Here is a copy of the email I received today. Such sad new, we have lost a lovely man,

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Dear All

I hope this message finds you well.

I am sorry to contact you in this way but I have sad news. My Dad died last week and I know he wanted me to let you know but I could only find your email address.

He died on 5th May in Pinderfields Hospital and the funeral will be 21st May at Huddersfield Crematorium.

I’d be glad if you wish to reply that you reply to me at juliespencer67@googlemail.com

Kind regards

Julie

I intend to go to the funeral and would be happy to represent the MCF if your are all agreeable.
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Fran posted 12 May 2014 07:07 PM
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I was saddened to hear the news of the death of our old friend John Spencer. He was a great friend of the Forum & will be a great loss.

Posts: 307 | Location: Scotland | Registered: 15 November 2004


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Julia posted 12 May 2014 07:23 PM

Hi Fran

I just read your post and feel like I've been slapped. When did we lose the delightful Mr Spencer? He'll be sorely missed.

Julia

Howdilly doodilly, survivorinos!

Posts: 959 | Location: Hollywood on the Huron | Registered: 15 February 2008

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Hagg posted 12 May 2014 09:19 PM

Wow. You could have knocked me out with a feather. When did John die?. Is there a post on here about it that I have missed?.

Hagg.

16 years and still kicking it. Never give up your fight.

Posts: 1227 | Location: Devon,UK | Registered: 27 March 2007

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Petronel posted 12 May 2014 10:07 PM

What VERY sad news - he sounded to be doing so well. His determination and humour will be greatly missed.

Posts: 100 | Location: Winchester, UK | Registered: 02 December 2013

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angiebaby posted 13 May 2014 01:10 AM
Please see my post 'John Spencer' (see above

Posts: 585 | Location: Congleton, Cheshire | Registered: 29 March 2007

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Hagg posted 13 May 2014 01:20 AM

I missed that post somehow. I am truly gutted that we have lost John. Such sad news. RIP mate.

Hagg.

16 years and still kicking it. Never give up your fight.

Posts: 1227 | Location: Devon,UK | Registered: 27 March 2007
It is very sad news. My deepest sympathies to Pat, Jane and rest of the Spencer family.

John was my patient at Pinderfields and also a very dear friend. John was very supportive of MCF. He had the greatest sense of humour and very courteous. John loved living and was always cheerful despite the tribulations caused by his cancer.

In a private message on 15 August 2012 to me, he said:
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Good Evening Vinod,

I am pleased to hear that things are going well for you, it will indeed be a pleasure if we manage to meet up.

I will not be at the walk for two reasons, firstly Saturday 22 September is our golden wedding day, we will be having a family get together and the following day Pat and I will be going off for a week's holiday. Secondly my mobility deteriorates almost on a daily basis, the hip replacement I had last year did not really make much improvement and this year I have been troubled with sciatica and thrombophlebitis; in fact 2012 has presented more than enough medical problems not only with mobility but also four procedures to deal with mouth cancer problems, one as an in patient. I still enjoy life during the periods of respite and whilst my mind says I can still do all the jobs I used to do the rest of me thinks otherwise.

I am sure that the weather in KL has to be better than the UK weather, after a rare period of decent weather (three whole days) today it was all change again and we have experienced something similar to what one might expect when rounding Cape Horn on a bad day.

Keep Smiling
John


We will "Keep Smiling” in his memory. Rest in peace, my friend. I will never forget you.

Vinod
I was also very sad to receive news of John's passing. What a wonderful support he was in every way, to those of us who have relied upon the love, support and wisdom available to us via the MCF, not to mention his humour!
A true gentleman to whom I shall dedicate one pork pie and a glass of red! Vale John.
Though I am new to your site, I would just like to pass on my condolences to John Spencer's family and all of his friends on the website. When I first registered and got myself all mixed up he was the first person to reply and sort me out. That he took the trouble, when perhaps he was not at his best was kindness it's self and was truly appreciated. I read the website everyday and don't feel so alone.

Emmy
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The Mouth Cancer Foundation has been informed that John’s funeral is to be held on Wednesday 21st May at 1.15pm at Fixby Road Crematorium in Huddersfield HD2 2JF and afterwards at the Travellers Rest pub - 252 Hopton Lane, Mirfield, WF14 8EJ.

The family would be very pleased if any MCF Forum members would join us for either or both. If anyone needs more information, please contact the Mouth Cancer Foundation helpline.
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Originally posted by Dr Vinod K Joshi:
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The Mouth Cancer Foundation has been informed that John’s funeral is to be held on Wednesday 21st May at 1.15pm at Fixby Road Crematorium in Huddersfield HD2 2JF and afterwards at the Travellers Rest pub - 252 Hopton Lane, Mirfield, WF14 8EJ.

The family would be very pleased if any MCF Forum members would join them for either or both. If anyone needs more information, please contact the Mouth Cancer Foundation helpline.
What terrible news! I corresponded with John via email and we enjoyed the stories we told to one another. He was a loving, interesting, wonderful man that I enjoyed corresponding with.

RIP, John. I'm a long way off in California and can't attend the services for you. I consider you a friend forever and appreciate the kind and healing words you shared with me. You were one of a kind and it was a pleasure sharing with you.

Mimi
Today we said a final goodbye to our dear friend John Spencer. We were unable to travel to his funeral, but he was in our thoughts all day.He was a good friend & we had many laughs at his emails,as we followed his
progress over the last 9years.
Goodbye old friend, we will miss you so much. RIP, Fran. & Brian.
I had the privilege today of celebrating the life and saying goodbye to our dear friend John Spencer and to meet again with his lovely wife Pat, who I had met previously when Deborah of TIFC fame who came over from Australia to take part in the sponsored walk in 2010. I also met with their beautiful daughters and John’s many friends who filled the crematorium, testament to John’s popularity. We were ushered into the crematorium by the Hallelujah Chorus in true John Spencer style, by the Huddersfield Choral Society. Lovely eulogies were given about John’s varied and interesting life with references to some of the tricks John had got up to, typical of the humour and wit of the John we knew. We left to the music of the Dam Busters March, to those who knew him, a tribute to his interest in the Lancaster Bombers.

I was surprised to learn that John didn’t die of cancer but of a heart attack.

On a personal note and for all of you out there going through what I went through in those very dark days, when my husband was first diagnosed, I don’t know how I would have coped without the likes of John, always supportive when you’re running around like a headless chicken, putting things into prospective, anchoring your feet to the ground, giving sound, not patronising advice and in John’s case, with humour.
At the end of John’s service, a poem by Joyce Grenfell was read, appropriate for John.


If I should go before the rest of you
Break not a flower or inscribe a stone,
Nor when I’m gone, speak in a Sunday voice
But be the usual selves that I have known.
Weep if you must, parting is hell,
But life goes on, so sing as well

Keep smiling!
Not looked in for some time.

So very sad to read of Johns passing, he was an inspiration, his down to earth common sense answers and comments helped so many people on this forum.
I appreciated all his help when I was going through my treatment and afterwards.
My thoughts are with the Spencer family.
I´m so shocked to learn that John has passed away. I had the privilege of exchangig mails with him about wine, life in our respective countries, general thoughts. He has always been a courageous man, full of witt, intelligence, and capable of finding pleasure in everyday things.
My thoughts are with his family

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