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On behalf of the family of Neil Suddes (Towny)

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  • #46
    My condolences to his family and friends.

    Rest in peace.


    • #47
      Very shocking, sad news.

      I met Neil at the first Byker Groove, and had some really nice chats with him. I remember him full of enthusiasm, expert knowledge and as others have said, a really laidback, friendly attitude. He made me feel welcome, and immediately began tipping me off on records.

      His mix CDs were always amongst the top of the pile for listening, and on a number of occasions provided accompaniment on long journeys in my discman.

      RIP Neil - a true vinyl vulture.
      Let him have the lot for £2.00 - we were only going to throw 'em out anyway...


      • #48
        Very sad to hear this news. My condolences to his family.

        Truly one of the good guys.

        Rest in peace Neil.

        You thought the leaden winter would bring you down forever,
        but you rode upon a steamer to the violence of the sun.


        • #49
          We've lost a giant...

          I've only met Neil three times and went digging with him twice, but those experiences make me regard him as a good friend because they were such pleasurable experiences.

          A gentleman, a scholar, an artistic talent and a man of flawless taste and good sense. He was generous to a fault, great company, good humoured and someone who spoke his mind.

          And he knew a bit about music aswell...

          I can't quite believe i'll never see him again, words fail me - so young, so sad.

          My feelings go out to his friends and family, RIP Towny.

          His design for a VG+ T-shirt MUST become reality.
          In ((( VISUAL ))) Stereo

          Eclectic Mud


          • #50
            I'm in shock and don't know what to say. I've been staring at this screen for ages trying to summon up words so forgive me for being trite.

            Most importantly, Neil was a friend. Since I moved to Leeds, he welcomed me with open arms and we shared jokes, music and cups of tea. The best record chat in the world came over bacon butties waiting for car boots to open.

            In record collecting terms, he was - and is - an inspiration. At the last Byker Groove, I leaned over to my wife when he was DJing and suggested it might be the best DJ set I'd ever heard. I was too embarassed to say that to him in person.

            I realise that, to most people, his commitment to discovering music that was new to him may not seem as magnificent and awe-inspiring as we know it was. However, through his open-mindedness, generosity, sense of fun and his tireless enthusiasm for the joy and wonder that music can bring, he brightened all our lives. His spirit was infectious and - as you can see from the posts here - it affected those who had never met him and, via this message board, touched people thousands of miles away from whatever wonderful, unknown masterpiece he was spinning on his turntable. He will be greatly missed and my thoughts are with his family.

            Neil, mate, rest in peace.
            Mixes, compilations and the like


            • #51
              Sad news.
              Condolences to his family and friends.


              • #52
                My thoughts are with his family and friends.
                RIP Neil


                • #53
                  Wow - very sad news indeed.

                  The fellow had a great passion for music, which was the medium that brought the two of us together as people.

                  Whilst I never actually met the man, I met the mind frequently on various e-boards and the bloke was a true gent.

                  Condolences to all.


                  • #54

                    Never met the fellow but, to reiterate the kind words of others, Towny appeared a top bloke, with astounding diggin' skillz and an a wealth of knowledge he generously shared with others.

                    Very sad news.


                    • #55
                      Never met him, but huge sympathy to his family and friends.
                      Awful news.


                      • #56
                        Terrible news. Condolences to his family. R.I.P fella.
                        Twang is as twang does.


                        • #57
                          Don't ask me why (I tend to move laterally online), but I became curious what TOWNY's last post was.

                          It appears his last contribution to the board was this:


                          Something should be done with that design, given its timing and his intent to contribute to the community.

                          Don't mean to go off topic but I thought I'd float that idea...


                          • #58
                            Terrible news. Dreadful. Condolences to his family and those close to him. He always seemed a generous and kind soul.
                            Tracks & Grooves - Last Thursday of each month at MILK, Merchants Place, Reading. All-style vinyl throwdown.
                            follow the dilletante @tracksgrooves


                            • #59
                              Really sorry to hear this. I didn't know him personally, but I 'knew him' from the years I've been on here reading his posts. God bless him and his family.
                              See, you don't get those haircuts on your mp3s.


                              • #60
                                Originally posted by someblokecalledfuz View Post

                                His design for a VG+ T-shirt MUST become reality.
                                Originally posted by No, LordNo View Post

                                It appears his last contribution to the board was this:


                                Something should be done with that design, given its timing and his intent to contribute to the community.
                                I would heartily support any move along these lines, once a suitable period of time has elapsed. His family may have their own ideas about his artwork and I think it would be right and proper to involve them in any decision. Those of you who were fortunate enough to know him personally might have a better idea on that score.

                                Sad news, in any case. He posted on Waxi too, didn't he?

                                Formerly, lecturer at the University of Rome, with two commas and a full stop in the normal way.