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Source: (consider it) Thread: Gambit/James Rawling of London
Sarah Wickham
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Not a great way to start my first message to ship of fools, but I wanted those who knew him to know that my brother, James Rawling (known to some of you as Gambit), collapsed and died last night in St Thomas' hospital, London.

James had been suffering ongoing heart trouble for the last 6 years or so, and had been taken into hospital on Friday 2nd December after the Kings College carol service. At the moment it is not clear what happened to James last night.

I spoke to him just last evening and he sounded cheerful if bored at the prospect of spending more time in hospital. As a family we are incredibly shocked - and so many apologies to those people hearing this news via the web (I couldn't think of any other way to reach James' friends from the Ship).

I will post any details of the funeral in due course, and in the meantime thank you for remembering James in your prayers.

With best wishes for Advent

Sarah

[ 11. May 2011, 16:12: Message edited by: Spike ]

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Gill H

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[Votive]
Thank you for letting us know, Sarah. My prayers are with you and your family.

Too shocked to post anything else right now.

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Ferijen
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[Votive]

Thank you for thinking to post here.

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Persephone Hazard

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I wanted to make a post myself, didn't know what to say.

Sarah, we've never met but I've heard a lot about you. I'm Abi.

Um. Yes. My brain isn't working.

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Ariel
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Chorister

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Rest in peace, Gambit.

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Peronel

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That's awful news.

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Alaric the Goth
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[Votive] May God be with you, Sarah, and your family, at this time. [Votive]
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Ann

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[Votive]

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daisymay

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Thank you, Sarah, for posting.

We're praying for you and your family.

[Votive]

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Amazing Grace

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Deepest sympathies.

Charlotte

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The Scrumpmeister
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Goodness! I'd only met him the once when he visited these parts for a shipmeet and came to my church on the Sunday. He seemed quiet but we'd PMd a few times. I can't believe it.

Many prayers for him, and for you and your family, Sarah. [Votive]

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da_musicman
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Speechless bar the odd expletive. [Votive] My prayers go with him.

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[Votive]

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Annie P

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Unexpected news.

Upmost sympathy for James's family. May God draw near to you at this time.

Annie P

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[Votive]

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[Votive] My prayers are with you at this time

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Amos

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Thank you, Sarah, for telling us. I can't believe it at the moment. And I can only imagine how you feel.

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Jen.

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Sarah, Thank you for telling us. I am so sorry to hear the news. Stoo and I send our thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

Eyeliner - take care of yourself sweetie, you know we are here for you.

May he Rest In Peace. [Votive]

J

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Wesley J

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geroff
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[Votive] [Votive]

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Og: Thread Killer
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[Votive]

But also: [Yipee] for his posts on here.

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Louise
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[Votive]

Really, really sorry to hear that.

Louise

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Alan Cresswell

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Sarah,

Thank you for sharing that very sad news with us, especially at a time when the last thing you probably want to be doing is sitting in front of a computer.

Our prayers are with you and the rest of James' family at this time. And also with all of those, both here on the Ship and in real life, who counted him as a friend.
[Votive] [Votive]

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Scot
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Thank you, Sarah. I'm very sorry for your loss.

Scot

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[Votive]

Thanks for letting us know.

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Yangtze
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Oh my goodness. What a shock. Gambit was the instigator of 'a London shipmeet every month in 2005' and had organised and attended every one of them so far. I'm sure there will be a pint or two raised in his memory at the two meets planned for December.

Prayers for his family, and for eyeliner.

xxx

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Jonah the Whale

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I don't know what to say. Prayers and sympathy to his family and friends. I only met him one weekend, at New Wine this last summer. I can't believe he is not here any more.

Jonah.

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[Votive] Sarah, prayers for you and your family at this difficult time.
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[Frown] [Votive] [Votive]

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Jehu son of Nimshi
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Sorry to hear the news. I've known Gambit as being an animated person from many a shipmeet. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Sarah and the rest of your family at the time.

[ 06. December 2005, 13:42: Message edited by: Tigglet ]

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Sarah, this is dreadful news, but thank you for thinking of us shipmates. Prayers for you, your family, and James's friends.

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I recently met James at a mutual friends flatwarming. We nipped outside for a cigarrete together, swapped brief life stories, and compared walking sticks! He struck me as a very warm and genuine guy.

Much love goes to all of his family and friends at this very sad time.

Assuring you of my ongoing prayers.

Scooby

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No words. [Votive]

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Praying for all who know and love him. [Votive]

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chive

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[Votive]

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TonyK

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Sarah, thanks for telling us - what an terrible shock it must have been for you all...

London shipmeets won't be the same ....

[Votive] May he rest in peace and rise in glory [Votive]

[Votive] Prayers for Sarah and his family, and all who knew and loved him [Votive]

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cocktailgirl

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Knew James a while back at King's. Hadn't made the connection between him and Gambit.

Prayers for all who loved him. May he rest in peace.

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Gill H

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quote:
Originally posted by TonyK:
London shipmeets won't be the same ....

I've bumped up the thread re tomorrow's 'Mark the Punk' meet. I can't make it, but I do hope it goes ahead. It would be a fitting remembrance, and would fulfil his 'shipmeet every month in 2005' ambition.

I'm sure we'll hear where to send donations at some point, but in the meantime I'm going to give some money to the Organ Fund in Gambit's memory. The Ship was such an important part of his life.

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I'm stunned at this news - my heart goes out to James's family and all who loved him.

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[Votive] Sad news.

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Campbellite

Ut unum sint
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May light perpetual shine upon him.

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Really shocked to hear this news. Prayers for the family and all that were close to him.

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I met him at Spike and Tina's wedding when his choir was singing.

May his soul find rest in Christ. May his friends and family find peace.

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[Votive] So sorry for your troubles


And thank you for taking the time to let us know.

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We come from love, we return to love, and all around is love.
Lord, ease our burdens, give us peace and enable us to do your work. Tree Bee

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