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Durbs
BRONZE Member since Sep 2001

Durbs

Classically British
Location: Epsom, Surrey, England

Total posts: 5688
Posted:Sadly, Keith Stower who many of you know passed away lsat night.

We wasn't a regular on here, but I know several of the UK spinners knew him from various meets.

Details to follow, but for now please send your thoughts and hugs to Em, his family and friends.

We're having a special Thursday night meet in Guildford tomorrow, and anyone who knew him is welcome to join us.

A true friend and a wonderful man.

I tried to find a suitable photo, but there wasn't a single one when he wasn't doing something un-suitable.


Burner of Toast
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_Clare_
BRONZE Member since Oct 2002

_Clare_

Still wiggling
Location: Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)

Total posts: 5967
Posted:Keith was such a beautiful soul - fantastic and lovely and funny - and this news has been such a terrible shock.

Keith and the gorgeous Em had been living in Dublin for the past couple of years and during that time made friends in the Dublin spinning community (I know Cameron is gutted).

This has been in my thoughts all day... that someone I was in contact with yesterday is not here today. It's unreal. Terrible. But my love and thoughts are with Em...

I'm sending love and support to her today and for each difficult time in the future... you know we're here for you if you ever need us.

Since they've been in Ireland, Keith and Em have done some fire work for me too (Keith was supposed to be performing in the Guinness building tomorrow), and they led the Dublin St Patrick's Day parade in March - I have a good pic of that which I'll try to upload soon - he's not being too inappropriate smile

We have all lost such a lovely person, and a great talent frown

Best wishes for your meet on Thursday... I'll be thinking about you all.

Take care,
Clare
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Getting to the other side smile

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Mr_Joe
BRONZE Member since Aug 2008

Mr_Joe

Part-time genius
Location: , Netherlands

Total posts: 59
Posted:This is really sad. Couldn't have happened to anyone less deserving.

You will be sorely missed, Keith.


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Neon_Shaolin
GOLD Member since Jul 2005

Neon_Shaolin

hehe, 'Member' huhuh
Location: Behind you. With Jam

Total posts: 6120
Posted:On the few occasions where I had the (mis)fortune to meet him he was always very nice and accommodating when I was travelling through. He was lovely and pleasant. Shame really, I feel like I've missed on his, full-strength java c*ntiness which has now passed into legend. smile

I actually feel quite sad that I don't think I'll ever get the chance now. frown

Last time I saw him was at PLAY festival. He had a warm glow and was nice. peace (again. Dammit I'm missing out!) mad

Affectionate use of a certain four-letter c-word wouldn't be the same again. frown

Peace mate. (Give 'em hell up there devil)

hug hug hug


"I used to want to change the world, now I just wanna leave the room with a little dignity..." - Lotus Weinstock

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Spanner
BRONZE Member since Feb 2003

Spanner

remembers when it was all fields round here
Location: in the works... somewhere..., ...

Total posts: 2790
Posted:Very sad to hear this frown

As my travels very rarely take me to Guildford for anything, let alone anything spinny, I only had the pleasure of meeting Keith once briefly elsewhere - think it must've been at Play as well - but I'm glad I had at least a brief chance to see for myself why those who knew him better always spoke well of him, usually with an interesting choice of words, but with affection nonetheless.

grouphug


"I thought you are man, but
you are nice woman.

yay,

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Mynci
BRONZE Member since Apr 2005

Mynci

Macaque of all trades
Location: wombling free..., United Kingd...

Total posts: 8737
Posted:frown Such sad news I met Keith a few times and he always made me laugh, my thoughts are with his friends and family hug

A couple of balls short of a full cascade... or maybe a few cards short of a deck... we'll see how this all fans out.

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animatEd
BRONZE Member since Aug 2004

animatEd

1 + 1 = 3
Location: Bristol UK

Total posts: 3540
Posted:cry

See you tonight. I'd give anything for the circumstances to be better. This week is f*cked up. or maybe I should say c*nted.

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Empty your mind. Be formless, Shapeless, like Water.
Put Water into a cup, it becomes the cup, put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle, put water into a teapot, it becomes the teapot.
Water can flow, or it can Crash.
Be Water My Friend.

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splinterific
GOLD Member since Mar 2007

splinterific

enthusiast
Location: , Ireland

Total posts: 248
Posted:very sad to hear. Never a kinder guy have I met. He will be very sorely missed.

i have a pic or two from just before the paddys day parade Clare that I will try and dig up.

Mark


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Pink...?
BRONZE Member since Apr 2002

Pink...?

Mistress of Pink...Multicoloured
Location: Over There, United Kingdom

Total posts: 6140
Posted:frown Oh no! I'm so sorry to hear this. He was such a lovely person!

hug


Never pick up a duck in a dungeon...

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Kneel
SILVER Member since Apr 2007

Kneel

journeyman
Location: Dublin,Ireland

Total posts: 80
Posted:i only just heard the news and im sorry to say i didnt no him better.ive seen him at the dublin meets quite alot but i really only properly spoke to him the other week. lovely man,my thoughts go out to emily,the family,and anyone else who knows him.
its a true loss and he will be missed



-Niall-

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_Stix_


_Stix_

Pooh-Bah
Location: la-la land

Total posts: 2419
Posted:I've typed and erased paragraph after paragraph..
nothing seems right to say..

my life has lost a part of it's richness..

Keith (you c*nt) you will be in my heart forever - I shall never forget you.. - bless you and your bendy arms..

Em - I'm so sorry, words fail me.

all my love - Niki

http://www.burnttoast.co.uk/gallery/Fire12.jpg

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I honour you as an aspect of myself..

You are never to old to storm a bouncey castle..

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jo_rhymes
SILVER Member since Apr 2005

jo_rhymes

Momma Bear
Location: Telford, Shrops, United Kingdo...

Total posts: 4525
Posted:frown gutted. I love Keith. he's awesome, so funny and bright and caring! How is emily doing? frown

Hoppers are angels who lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly.

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Tir_na_nOg


journeyman
Location: Geographic Location

Total posts: 55
Posted:My thoughts go out to Em, Keith's family and everybody who is gonna miss a really nice kind gentle sarcastic amazing guy.


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jo_rhymes
SILVER Member since Apr 2005

jo_rhymes

Momma Bear
Location: Telford, Shrops, United Kingdo...

Total posts: 4525
Posted:
Non-Https Image Link


em, me and keith after the big burn at the secret garden party, one of the happiest times ever smile x


Hoppers are angels who lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly.

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_Clare_
BRONZE Member since Oct 2002

_Clare_

Still wiggling
Location: Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)

Total posts: 5967
Posted:I've just added a pic of Keith to my gallery.

He looks a bit unimpressed with carrying a large flag the entire length of Dublin... I think you know what he would say smile

http://www.homeofpoi.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=19768


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Mr_Chutney
SILVER Member since Apr 2003

Mr_Chutney

Tosser
Location: Herefordshire, England (UK)

Total posts: 1711
Posted:A familiar face, though not someone I knew.

Very sorry for all who knew him frown


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Dunc
GOLD Member since Aug 2003

Dunc

playing the days away
Location: The Middle lands, United Kingd...

Total posts: 7263
Posted:Massive love to Emily, his family and all the loved ones mourning his loss, the ripples spread wide from only a small stone dropped into the ocean of life, especially true for Keith. Generous, loving and genuine, one of life's true lovely people who deserved to have so many more years to enjoy himself in.

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Let's relight this forum ubblove

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strugz
BRONZE Member since Mar 2002

strugz

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Southampton - Possibly..., Uni...

Total posts: 3964
Posted:I really cant believe it..........

like really cry

See you guys 2nyt.


"...We don't stop playing because we get old, we get old because we stop playing......."

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jo_rhymes
SILVER Member since Apr 2005

jo_rhymes

Momma Bear
Location: Telford, Shrops, United Kingdo...

Total posts: 4525
Posted:cry grouphug
i won't be able to make it tonight but i'm hugging you guys in spirit, and smoke one from me, in honour of keith. hug cry


Hoppers are angels who lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly.

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splinterific
GOLD Member since Mar 2007

splinterific

enthusiast
Location: , Ireland

Total posts: 248
Posted:heres a pic as i always remember keith smile smiling smile

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3069/2987301646_d15654e867_b.jpg


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PyroWill
GOLD Member since Aug 2004

PyroWill

HoP's Barman. Trapped aged 6 months
Location: Staines, United Kingdom

Total posts: 4437
Posted:My god i cant believe it!!!

Please any news on how this happened? I will be coming tonight


An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind

Give a man a fish and he'll eat 4 a day hit a man with a brick and you can have all his fish and his wife

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Cantus
SILVER Member since Jul 2001

Cantus

Tantamount to fatuity
Location: Down the road, United Kingdom

Total posts: 15965
Posted:I'm confused by the whole thing. I dreamt of him just last night and, realising I hadn't seen him for ages, looked him on on facebook today. I sent him him a friends request just hours ago. Then, not long ago I got a message from FNF telling me of this...

I'm really stuck for what to say. I was very fond of Keith. Didn't see him any where nearly as often as I would like to. He was clever and witty and always made me laugh. I had a whole lot of things I wanted to say but my mind isn't coping very well with the news and I've forgotten all of it.

My heartfelt hugs to all.


"I'll carry this....It's harder to spill a hat" - Chellybean
"...like a rabbit caught in a lighthouse?" - Chellybean

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Glåss
DIAMOND Member since Nov 2001

Glåss

The Ministry of Manipulation
Location: Bristol, United Kingdom

Total posts: 2523
Posted:Oh no frown

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Valura
SILVER Member since Apr 2002

Valura

Mumma Hen
Location: Brisbane, Australia

Total posts: 6391
Posted:Im so sorry to hear this. All our love from Brissie to Keiths family, his partner Emily and of course you guys, his friends.

TAJ "boat mummy." VALURA "yes sweetie you went on a boat, was daddy there with you?" TAJ "no, but monkey on boat" VALURA "well then sweetie, Daddy WAS there with you"

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Dom
BRONZE Member since Dec 2001

Dom

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Bristol, UK

Total posts: 3009
Posted:I'm speechless
It shocks me how often these things happen frown


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Bamsicle


newbie
Location: Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK

Total posts: 38
Posted:For all of those who didn't make it to Guildford last night, it was amazing. It was so fitting and the spirit and atmosphere would have done him proud. We had a massive burn off in his honour, and there was loads of lanterns lighting up the whole river.
I know this is a horrid time for all, and the pain will not go away quickly, but I hope that everyone takes solace from the fact that he was adored by many and last nights events proved that beyond belief.


I don't try to be strange, stuff like that happens naturally...

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Durbs
BRONZE Member since Sep 2001

Durbs

Classically British
Location: Epsom, Surrey, England

Total posts: 5688
Posted:Indeed

Huge thanks and hugs to everyone who was there either in body or spirit.
A suitable amount of abuse was dealt out, we played some metal, floated some lanterns and had a good size burn - though there was still definitely a Keith-shaped hole there.

hugs


Burner of Toast
Spinner of poi
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_Stix_


_Stix_

Pooh-Bah
Location: la-la land

Total posts: 2419
Posted:..poignant moment for me..

.. watching a floating lantern that was going up stream on it's own.. against the law of nature..

whilst the others floated towards each other and slowly set off down stream together..

love to you all.. we may not see each other often - but you are always in my heart.

Go Toast - you wonderful bunch of slackers.


I honour you as an aspect of myself..

You are never to old to storm a bouncey castle..

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jo_rhymes
SILVER Member since Apr 2005

jo_rhymes

Momma Bear
Location: Telford, Shrops, United Kingdo...

Total posts: 4525
Posted:last night my toast burnt- even in my posh new toaster will got for me which makes sure your toast doesn't burn. I reckon it was a sign from keith burning my toast tongue2 hug xxx

Hoppers are angels who lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly.

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PyroWill
GOLD Member since Aug 2004

PyroWill

HoP's Barman. Trapped aged 6 months
Location: Staines, United Kingdom

Total posts: 4437
Posted:It wouldnt surprise me that he's still orchestrating mischief Jo laugh3.

I will put up the pictures of last night on facebook bit later on


An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind

Give a man a fish and he'll eat 4 a day hit a man with a brick and you can have all his fish and his wife

"Will's to pretty for prison" - Simian

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PyroWill
GOLD Member since Aug 2004

PyroWill

HoP's Barman. Trapped aged 6 months
Location: Staines, United Kingdom

Total posts: 4437
Posted:Pics are up http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=38906&l=3c844&id=500122678


An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind

Give a man a fish and he'll eat 4 a day hit a man with a brick and you can have all his fish and his wife

"Will's to pretty for prison" - Simian

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