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Source: (consider it) Thread: Gambit/James Rawling of London
i and i
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goodbye, mate- sorry i didn't call you back last night... church won't be the same without you...
lots of great memories... i expect you and my dad will be singing together again... our loss...
[Votive]

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busyknitter
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Spike

Mostly Harmless
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I'm stunned. Really don't jnow what to say other than I've lost a good friend.

[Votive] [Votive] [Votive]

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soggy_amphibian
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I keep typing stuff to put in this post, it ends up sounding lame. This is quite a shock!

I met Gambit at a few Shipmeets. He was quite a character, and I will miss him.

[Votive] for Gambit, and for those who knew him better than I.

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Riley: Yeah, a lot of young people nowadays are experimenting with shortness.

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Shoehorn with Teeth

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Got the chance to meet Gambit at my First Shipmeet Ever, just a few weeks ago. Made me feel special, all the people who made it out for that--including Ship veterans I'd heard about/read for ages.

Not sure what to say. Saddened. [also still shocked and disbelieving]

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Chapelhead

I am
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[Votive]

Our thoughts are with you, and all your family.

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At times like this I find myself thinking, what would the Amish do?

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Custard
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[Votive]

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Stamp thine image in its place.


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anglicanrascal
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May God bless and comfort all who are touched by this loss.

[Votive]

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Nanny Ogg

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[Votive] [Frown] [Votive]

The last time I saw James was at the shipmeet about 3 weeks ago when we were the only 2 who turned up. We ended up staying until well after closing time putting the world to rights over a few pints.

I shall miss him greatly - especially his sense of humour and understated intelligence.

My thoghts are with his family [Votive]

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Buy me a beer and I'm you friend forever

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Anselmina
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[Votive] with prayers for James, and all who knew and loved him, and love him still. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.

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Maddie
Ship's cartographer
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I'm completely shocked, Gambit has been one of the mainstays of London meets for so long.

Prayers are with all who love him.

Maddie

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Manda
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[Votive]

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Never Conforming

Aspiring to Something
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[Votive]

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I used to poison Student Minds™ and am proud to have done so
Never Conforming in the Surreal World

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Ginga
Ship's lurker
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I never met him, but he was one of those people that really stood out and drew me in when I first found the Ship. He seemed like a genuinely lovely, funny bloke.

Adding my prayers.

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Bronwyn
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[Votive]

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Fragile X syndrome is part of our lives. Someone I love makes me proud who has this syndrome. I love you Miriam.

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Cusanus

Ship's Schoolmaster
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Was very much looking forard to meeting him in London in January. I hope the Jan 21 meet will go ahead and we will lift a pint in his memory.

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"You are qualified," sa fotherington-tomas, "becos you can frankly never pass an exam and have 0 branes. Obviously you will be a skoolmaster - there is no other choice."

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wanderingstar
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Whoah.

I was talking about James just a couple of hours ago, without realising he was Gambit.

Never met him IRL, but these pages are testimony to how many others he touched.

Thank you, Sarah. My deepest sympathies go to you and all who loved James.

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universalist
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I did not know him, and yet am sad for you. A loss of any one of us is a loss for us all...
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Moo

Ship's tough old bird
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[Votive] James [Votive]
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EpiscoWhat
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Sarah May God be your comfort and your strength. God be your hope and your support. God be your light and your way, and the blessing of God, Creator, Redeemer and Giver of life remain with you now and forever. Amen!

My prayers are with you and your family during this time!

[Votive]

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Joan Rasch
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I'm remembering Gambit's blog from the time he worked at Lambeth...
[Votive]

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Mamacita

Lakefront liberal
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[Votive] May light perpetual shine upon him.
My deepest sympathies to you Sarah, and to the rest of his family, and to his friends, especially those here on the Ship.

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Living in Gin

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I didn't really know him, but I'm so sorry to hear about this. Prayers ascending. [Votive]

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Nunc Dimittis
Seamstress of Sound
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[Votive]

May he rest in peace, and rise with Christ in glory.

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Left at the Altar

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I'm very sorry to hear this. I hope your family is coping as well as it can in the circumstances, Sarah.

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Hugal
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Gambit was the life and soul of any ship meet. Words fail me at the loss. Meets will never be the same again.
[Votive] [Votive]

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Weed
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[Votive]

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Weed

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Gill H

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Former Shipmate 'Angel of the North' (aka Angelfish/Reepicheep) wanted me to pass on her love and prayers to those who are grieving.

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Searching for a new sig...

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Simon

Editor
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I'm so shocked and sorry to hear about Gambit leaving us too soon. I enjoyed several glass-in-hand conversations with him at different meets, and really appreciated his wonderfully dry wit. Thanks for posting to let us know the sad news, Sarah. Thinking of you and your family, and those who knew James well.

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Jumble Sales of the Apocalypse

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Callan
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[Votive] Rest eternal grant unto him, O Lord and let light perpetual shine upon him.

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How easy it would be to live in England, if only one did not love her. - G.K. Chesterton

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Sarkycow
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I'm so sorry.

For James [Votive]
For Sarah and his family [Votive]
For eyeliner [Votive]

Sarkycow

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“Just because your voice reaches halfway around the world doesn't mean you are wiser than when it reached only to the end of the bar.”

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Nightlamp
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I am sorry to hear about this.
I met a kid ( a long time ago) in the Black country called James Rawling I wonder if they are one the same I guess I'll never know.

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I don't know what you are talking about so it couldn't have been that important- Nightlamp

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Astro
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[Votive]

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Twilight

Puddleglum's sister
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As I never get to Meets, I never met James, but only Gambit of the Ship. That was more than enough to appreciate what a witty, intelligent and really fine person he was.
We were blessed to know him.
[Votive]

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SoF a "prick against Bigotterie"

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ebeth

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[Votive]

Our sympathies are with Gambit/James' family.

We met him at the London meet back in August--I recall a very enthusiastic handshake and a warm, genuine welcome.

[Votive]

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duchess

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I never met him but I am truly saddened by his young passing. God receive his spirt. Also praying for eyeliner, Sarah and everyone else. God comfort them.
In Christ's Name I pray...AMEN. + [Votive]

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Gordon Cheng

a child on sydney harbour
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I'm sorry to hear of his passing.

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Latest on blog: those were the days...; throwing up; clerical abuse; biddulph on child care

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Moth

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Gambit was the first shipmate I ever met in real life. He was such fun at shipmeets. I shall really miss him.

He also produced one of my favourite ship lines. Posting on a thread where an American visitor had said, "Disclaimer: I'm foreign and don't really know if this pub is any good", Gambit replied "Claimer: I'm English and know a good pub when I see one"! So true, and so like him. The last post I read of his was one scoping out a good pub for the meet of 21st January. I shall certainly try to go to it in his memory.

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Rev per Minute
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I was always thinking, "I'll have to get to a shipmeet of Gambit's when I'm overnight in London". I too remember his blog from the time at Lambeth, during the 'interregnum' between ++Carey and ++Rowan.

[Votive] Requiescat in pace

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At the end of the day, we face our Maker alongside Jesus. RIP ken

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Seeker963
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[Votive]

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Matt Black

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He was only 27, wasn't he? [Tear] [Votive]

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Persephone Hazard

Ship's Wench
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Thank you to everyone who is offering love, support and prayers at this time. I think I speak for his family and close friends as well when I say that all the love and prayers are greatfully received and greatly appreciated.

Someone-probably Sarah but possibly myself or daisymay will keep you posted with details as to funerals, wakes et cetera.

I for one would be up for ensuring that there are monthly Shipmeets throughout 2006 as well, in memory and appreciation of him.

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A picture is worth a thousand words, but it's a lot easier to make up a thousand words than one decent picture. - ken.

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Miffy

Ship's elephant
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quote:
Originally posted by Matt Black:
He was only 27, wasn't he? [Tear] [Votive]

Afraid so. I never got to meet him IRL - although like others, I remember him well from the old cafe during his time working at Lambeth. He always seemed great fun - but caring with it. I'm recalling especially a time when I was concerned about a fellow shipmate and he passed his contact numbers onto me just in case there was anything he could do to help.

As with a few other 'younger' posters, I felt quite 'motherly' towards him (I'm sure he'd have been horrified if he'd known!.) All the more poignant when I realise that at the time he must have been only a few years older than my daughter is now.

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Ham'n'Eggs

Ship's Pig
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Words fail me.

Well actually, they don't. James how can you conceivably piss off like this?

I love you, you infuriating tosser.

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Persephone Hazard

Ship's Wench
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quote:
Originally posted by Ham'n'Eggs:
James how can you conceivably piss off like this?I love you, you infuriating tosser.

My sentiments entirely.

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A picture is worth a thousand words, but it's a lot easier to make up a thousand words than one decent picture. - ken.

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Emma Louise

Storm in a teapot
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Still hasnt quite sunk in...

He was here only a few weeks ago, and I cant believe hes not going to be at future meets. Ive still got a ton of pms from him , full of his usual wit.

My love to all who were close to him,

Id be interested to hear when/ where the funeral will be.

[Tear]

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Ye Olde Motherboarde
Ship's Mother and Singing Quilter
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Happy Heavenly Homecoming to Gambit.

Our prayers to your family on earth who will miss you very much. We were proud to have such a gentleman on the ship.

Love and saintly hugs,
Mother and JB

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In Memory of Miss Molly, TimC, Gambit, KenWritez, koheleth, Leetle Masha, JLG, Genevieve, Erin, RuthW2, deuce2, Sidi and TonyCoxon, unbeliever, Morlader, Ken :tear: 15 years and counting...................

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Dark Knight

Super Zero
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[Votive] Very sad to hear about this.
[Votive] So sorry for you Sarah and all Gambit's friends IRL and on the Ship

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Wronger than a drooling idiot on stupid juice - but I understand his argument.
mousethief (paraphrase)
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Golden Key
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Fullness of joy to Gambit,

Comfort and peace to Sarah and all.

[Votive]

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Blessed Gator, pray for us!
--"Oh bat bladders, do you have to bring common sense into this?" (Dragon, "Jane & the Dragon")
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