It's was 6:40 am on Sunday, 8th March, 2015 (bed time ?) ..............
June & I got home from
Working Men's Club about 12:20 am and went to bed;
Much of my time is currently occupied by changes to my
www.denisbreen.co.uk - due to the death of June's brother in law on
27th February, 2015. Denis was almost 91 years of age, had
recently had several falls, was adamant that he didn't want to go into a
residential or nursing home and was ready to go! He had his
final fall, ended up in St. James's Hospital with infected urine, had
dementure due to the infection, (gall stones?), and died of Pneumonia.
However, we had a great night in the concert room at Lofthouse Gate Working Men's Club and, in the lounge I met old friends, (in BOTH senses of the word), Dave Walker, his brother Cliff and their wives. This reminded me that David, Cliff and John O'Toole had been VERY GOOD FRIENDS for MANY years and helped me through very tough times when I suffered depression following my divorce after 25 years of marriage in 1990 - I came home from a Wakefield canal festival unexpectedly in the early hours one morning and found my now ex-wife Meg in OUR bed with a 'friend' of ours, (usual story, he was married with children).
All long gone history but obviously never forgotten !
I doubt that I thanked my close family and friends sufficiently but recent events have finally got me around to it ...........
There are others, apologies if omitted - please remind me but, some are listed here:
1) My vey long time friends, Dave Walker, John O'Toole and friends, colleague Frank Riley.
2) My Late Mum, Violet Ashton, at 88 years of age;
3) My Sister Doreen and, then husband, the late Maurice Wilkinson;
I left school at 14 years of age - see my CV ? - and all my studies were part time.
View my Family Tree here ?
6) June's step-son Paul Spawforth Snr., his wife Susan, (nee Rothwell) and her daughter Sally.
Paul Jnr. and Sally have now been married for several years and now have a son, Elliott, Junes Great Grandson !! and we hope to live 'happily ever after' !!
7) LAST BUT BY NO MEANS LEAST, my lovely wife and previous partner of 25 years, June Ashton, previously Spawforth, nee Harrison;
I met June in Outwood Working Men's Club she was with my Sister Doreen and other friends.
June herself was suffering from depression following the
death of her husband Michael who had died in 1988 as a result of
extensive burns due to a car fire. Though an 'open verdict' was
recorded, many considered at the time, and some still do, that it was a
June always loved her husband and,
out of respect for him, refused to marry me despite my many requests.
Some 15 years ago, we moored my narrowboat at Selby and became members
of the Selby Railway and Sports Club. Unknown to June, I got the
artiste to ask her to marry me from the stage ! June was 'gob
smacked' and did not reply. The artiste said "well you could just
say yes or no" to which she replied "yes" but whispered to me "I didn't
say when" !
Both her family and Michael's family have accepted me as
part of their families for some 25 years;
Step son Paul - ALWAYS refers to June as MUM and June refers to him as
June is the most honest person I have met and her families have always accepted me as part of their family, (my love to June and thanks to them also).
My ex-wife Meg and I unfortunately had no children - we
never had tests as Meg didn't like the thought of doctors examining her
and, though I perhaps I should have, I never
around to it.
Mum used to say "who will look after you when you get old" but, to me, this not a good reason to have children and, though Doreen and I, (Melvin), did the best we could for our Dad and Mum, I do not want anyone to look after me. June insists that she would if required but I have said I don't want it. We have just lost her brother in law and, though we have done our best for him, he has been very demanding. After his death, June and I are currently sorting out his affairs - though with persuasion, he did make me Lasting Power of Attorney over his affairs and, again with persuasion, he has left a will (I am an executor but not a beneficiary).
Dad only mentioned once that, since my Cousin Des Ashton, only had a daughter, the 'Ashton' family will end after the current family. This is a pity so, now that June and I are married, perhaps we can try for a family ?? (hope she doesn't read this !)
My ex-wife Meg and I used to 'borrow' Doreen & Alan - her first husband's - children and take them to Flamborough, abroad etc. It was great - we thoroughly enjoyed it and could take them back afterwards !
10/04/15 LOTS of people regularly ask me how Ian
Lindley is doing, but, though I live very close to him, I never see him.
His email's have bounced for a long time so Ian & Susan MAY have stopped
I DID walk over and leave
09/03/15 Tony Brown, ex Isherwood's work Colleague, was upset about not being included in my list of friends - I think he just want's to ensure that he gets to any parties or reunions !
Anyone else got anything to say here (polite PLEASE)
Thank you for reading this far !! now, Please move to my 'Home Page'