Tuesday, August 25, 2009



GRAHAM THOMAS MARSDEN, B.A., L.R.P.S. : 28.10.35 - 25.8.09

My dear Graham died this morning at the City Hospital, Nottingham. He did not recover from his emergency operation,

He was dearly loved and loving and all the family are devastated. We know his many friends will share our grief.


ourstanley said...

My sincere condolences Yvonne.
I never left many comments but was an avid reader of Graham's blog, I'll miss him too. Ray aka ourstanley


fusion said...

Please also accept my sincere condolences.
I was an 'on-line' friend of Grahams on the Webuser forums.

He will be sadly missed.

Steve (Fusion)

TheFatControlleR said...
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TheFatControlleR said...

Utterly shocked at this sad news.

My condolences to Graham's family and friends.

I knew Graham via the Web User and Amateur Photographer forums, on which he was a valued and well liked contributor.

Rest in peace, Sir.

Madeline said...

I am so sorry to learn this, Yvonne. My sincere condolences to you and all your family.

I will miss Graham very much, he was a lovely friend. I don't know what else to say.

Rob said...

I, too, am feeling the loss Yvonne so I cannot begin to imagine how you and the rest of the family feel. Please let me know if there is anything I can do.

Graham was one of the nicest, kindest, most intelligent and humourous individuals anyone could ever wish to meet.

As he would have said himself - would you want to spend an hour in the pub with this person? Bloody hell, yes please!



Caroline said...

My sincere condolences to the Graham's family.

Graham was a lovely gentleman, with a wonderful sense of humour. His posts on the WebUser forum always put a smile on my face.

I am deeply saddened by this very sad news and my thoughts are with the "radiogandy" family.

RIP Graham, it was a pleasure knowing you on the forum - you will be missed.

Caroline (Hello_There)

Pete said...

Yvonne, I am in total shock so I can't imagine how you are feeling. My sincere condolences to you and all your family. It has been a pleasure to have met Graham, you and all your friends through these pages. RIP GrahamI will miss you.


Denis and Joan said...

Our most sincere condolences to Yvonne and family, Graham will be sadly missed, and whilst not being very good with words, I echo everything that Rob has said previously, the words are spot on.

Sincere regards

Denis and Joan

Jill said...

Such a tremendous shock, condolences to friends and family.

I think I only met Graham three times, I knew him through this blog, though I have known Yvonne for over forty-five years. Radiogandy always put a smile on my face, it was always something to look forward to.

I would like to pinch Rob's comments too, I wish I could have spent an hour in the pub with him.

bob said...

I am bereft. Awful for you Yvonne, and the family.

My life would have been poorer if I had not known Graham.

Over 20 years and more of debate, good-natured disagreement, and much enjoyment, I have had no closer friend.

He had just been invalided out of The Force when we first met at Nottingham Writers’ Club.
He sprang to defend an aspect of my writing which had been fiercely criticised.
A few weeks later he lent me his car so that I did not have to leave early to get the bus home to Ollerton.

We argued about trivialities but agreed about fundamentals like treating others with respect and compassion. Our religious and political views were similar too, and we had more than a few laughs while pursuing lifelong learning, both at home and away - Northern College, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, East Anglia.

Graham was an enthusiast – painting, writing, photography – sometimes for quite short periods before moving on. He was happy that I regarded him as a monstrous butterfly, flitting from one source of knowledge and entertainment to another.

His continual health problems were no secret but he battled through the worst times, emerging determined to live life as fully as possible.

Shocked and deeply saddened by his death, I am glad that when it had to come it came swiftly; he had suffered enough.

(Sorry Graham; 230 words).

Web User Magazine said...

We were very sorry to hear the sad news about Graham.

Known to many as Radiogandy, he was a very popular and valued member of the Web User community and has contributed greatly to the success of both of our magazine and website for many years. He will be greatly missed.

Our thoughts are with you and your family at this time.

Kindest regards
All the Web User team

EPS Members said...

On behalf of all members of Eastwood Photographic Society please accept our sincere condolences.
Graham wiil be greatly missed at our meetings.
R.B.Lowe Chairman Eastwood Photographic Society

Reg and 4TICKS said...

Our thoughts are with you,we are extremly saddened by your loss.
Having had the privelege of spending hours in the pub with G. he will be greatly missed.

Reg and 4TICKS

WOWers said...

Graham will be hugely missed on our Wednesday outings. He was always full of enthusiasm and, even when he was suffering, would say he'd rather put up with the pain and come out and enjoy himself. He was always happy to share his expertise as well as his knowledge and love of art and photography.

Our condolences go to Yvonne and the rest of Graham's family.

Helen C. on behalf of WOW group

Judith B said...

I've never posted here before but popped in to read the blog most weeks, always a fun and informative experience. So sad to hear of Graham's passing.
My thoughts go to you and your family.
Judith (Southampton)

Elaine Palmer said...

Dear Yvonne

I wanted to say how very sorry I am to hear about Graham. He was such a lovely man, funny, witty, wonderful to listen to and spend time with.
My memories of Graham's talk at EPS last year, being invited for afternoon tea and curry lunch will be with me always.
Take care.

Love Elaine

jbw said...

Shocked and saddened to hear of your loss and my thoughts are with you and your family.
I had only known Graham for a few years and been a 'blogger' for a short time but I will miss his enthusiasm, knowledge and wit.

Rob said...

I've had to come back on with a haiku as Graham was a great source of encouragement for them - as with so many other things.

Randiogandy - In Memorium
This man was immense
A giant amongst his peers
This man was my friend

I hope he would approve but I'll probably keep working on it.


Dave Brown said...

I wish to express my own condolences and those of his many colleagues and friends on http://notspoldog.proboards.com Truly a sad loss.

Heather said...

Dear Yvonne and Family. I was very shocked and saddened to hear of the death of Graham. I am one of his fellow members from Webuser forums and found out from there.

Even though I never met Graham, he was always ready to give help and advice. He seemed like a really lovely and genuine person.

My sincere condolences to you and your family.

Heather (Abbafan1972)

SuperCiv said...

I worked with Graham at Canning before I moved on to SOCO. An absolute gentleman, and respected senior officer. One of the old style coppers. A very sad loss, my deepest condolences. Mick Twomey, CSI, Derbyshire Forensic Services Unit.

Mick Cox said...

Very sorry to hear about Graham. Not seen him for many years but worked with him in the past and remember his dry sense of humour. We needed people like him. He always seemed to have the right word for the accasion. Mick Cox Ex Det. Ch. Inspector

Anonymous said...

So sorry to hear this news. I new Graham when we served together on the JBB. He was always interesting, humorous and, above all, a thoroughly nice guy.

Bob Rosamond

Anonymous said...

Frank Morley said

A true friend in need. A great guy to share a bottle of scotch with. Will be sadly missed.