Thursday, December 04, 2014

Remembering Peter Chatfield's life on his birthday

"I have no idea what's awaiting me, or what will happen when this all ends. For the moment I know this: there are sick people and they need curing."

Albert Camus, The Plague


In harsh throes you plant a tree
Peter's Gift, your legacy
Happy and honest as the day is old
Your razor wit broke the mould

Those who loved you all those years
Bond with your new family's tears
We beg for mercy as we rise to pray
May the lamp of good deeds shine your way

If I could keep one thing from the past
That cheeky smile will always last
Memories bruv have grown and grown
Pete, you'll never walk alone

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Dedicated to a simply wonderful friend #peterchatfield

Peter Chatfield

One day Pete said to me
"Here, grab that black book off the floor
"I know you've got an injury
"But I'll still back you a score"

© emdad rahman

Today would have been Peter’s 62nd birthday. It's taken me some time to write this about my friend. His death, though not a shock, was numbing and I miss him every day. Pete was a real go getter. Outspoken, brash, opinionated and loveable. Even when he was angry there was not the slightest bit of malice in him.

Peter’s greatest gift is Peter’s Legacy and the good volunteers at Eden Care were inspired by Pete to carry on supporting people nearing the end of their lives. 

I'm editing my own Pete-isms and will publish them soon. I hope you'll all get as much pleasure as I did listening to the big man.

God bless Pete and may your journey be a luminous one.

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