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Sad death of a friend of Vera Playa
« on: July 06, 2010, 08:32:33 PM »
I am sad to announce that, following a long battle with illness, our lovely friend Brian Gower passed away yesterday evening.  He leaves a devoted wife, another great friend to many of us, Chrissy.  Although not naturists, living in Palomares, Chrissy and Brian are well known to many people in the naturist community,  Brian's mischievous smile will be sorely missed this summer, as will his cheerful presence on hotel street and at the many social occasions around VP.  His funeral is at Cuevas tomorrow morning, after a brief get-together at Monika's, at 10am, so wherever you are, in Spain at 10am, in UK at 9am, stop a while and remember one of life's gentlemen.  He will be sadly missed.
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Re: Sad death of a friend of Vera Playa
« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2010, 10:02:45 PM »
We are very sorry to hear of Brian's death, our thoughts will be with Chrissy and all his friends in Vera Playa.
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Re: Sad death of a friend of Vera Playa
« Reply #2 on: July 06, 2010, 10:56:32 PM »
What a sad loss of such a lovely man. Our thoughts are with Chrissy and hopefully she can take some comfort from the fact that Brian lit up any company in which he and her were in.

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Re: Sad death of a friend of Vera Playa
« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2010, 12:26:05 AM »
There was only one Brian miss you my friend

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Re: Sad death of a friend of Vera Playa
« Reply #4 on: November 14, 2010, 06:16:41 PM »
Well, what a way to remember him!  Out friend Brian ( Baggy Brian - he was a West Brom player in his earlier life) alias Bria Gower, was helped in practical ways, and his wife Chrissy was helped emotionally by MACS, the Cancer support charity from Mojacar.  Chrissy decided to organise a fund-raising day in his memory, for MACS - and many people from Vera Playa joined in, with a sponsored walk, bike ride or run, leaving Monika's in Palomares, walking right through Vera Playa, with pit-stops at El Balconcito / Frankie's, Atoda Vela, and lots of other fund-raising activities including sponsored head shaving, a big raffle, etc, etc.
Well over 200 people attended Monikas, lots of people participated in the sponsored events and it looks like somewhere in the region of 5000 euro has been raised.  Amazing effort!
Fund-raising for charity and sponsored events are quite unheard of in our part of Spain, but the Spanish are gradually warming to the idea. Of course, the traditional way in Spain is for the family to entirely care for one another in the bad times.  MACS offers support both to ex-pats and local people. One of the better British traditions of fundraising has had an excellent result here! Welll done one and all.
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Re: Sad death of a friend of Vera Playa
« Reply #5 on: December 14, 2010, 12:06:04 AM »
The final total of Brian's Fundraiser for MACS is 5605 euros, which includes money from the simultaneous ramble which happened in his former hometown of Polegate in UK. this is the largest single summ ever raised for MACs, and a true indication of how beloved Brian was, how hard people were prepared to work and how generous they gave to such a good cause - having collared the clients of Frankies bar for over 100 euros on one night, I can attest to people's willingness to dig into the pockets, and many tourists have redonated their prizes into the next MACS fundraiser, the christmas singalong and auction at monika's.
the money will be used by MACS to replace equipment, such as the nursing bed and ripple mattress so useful to keep cancer sufferes in the familiar comfort of home, and is also earmarked for some new initiative for patient care.
details should be in the local enflish speaking papers and on the MACS website

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