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Thank you Grace! I was thinking the other day that I should look for an old video clip or something to post here so Paul's part of the forum wouldn't look so deserted.

And I was indeed thinking of Paulo today...re-reading bits of "Letters To My Frenz" and smiling at the thought of him moving into Tim's house and promptly cleaning up the pantry! Smiler
Minutes ago I watched the promo video for Woodface five minutes ago mentioned in the Crowded House forum, and especially the first part of it where Paulo is explaining the finer points of drinking tea made me laugh (again).

But it's not only when I see videos, it's also when I'm at a (non-finn-frenz) concert where the interaction between the band and/or the audience is practically zero, that I sometimes wonder what would've happened if someone like Paul Hester were in the band.

And for no particular reason, some months ago I had a dream where Paul was in. He was sitting in a living room, and when he saw everyone that came in, he was scared that they/we all would yell at him for doing what he did, but everyone was just glad to see him again, hugged him and sort of forgave him and comforted him.

It's not that I think about him every minute of the day, but he is certainly not forgotten.
Well, the 8th of January has arrived again and I'm thinking of Paul today. However, this year has a new significance to me and I no longer only have sadness of Paul on my mind.

You see, my husband, Phil, shares the same birthday as Paul. Phil was killed in a tragic accident in July of last year so I am facing his birthday for the first time without him. He would have been 39 today and I miss him so much.

My heartfelt wishes go out to Paul's immediate family and also to his extended "family" of the Finns/Crowded House/Peter Green etc. Unfortunately I can now relate to the heartbreak they feel of losing the love of your life in tragic circumstances. I don't wish to expand any further but I'm sure you may know what I mean.

Rest in peace Paul - you are greatly missed
Rest in peace Phil - I will love you forever
I, too have had many thoughts of Paul today on what would've been his 50th birthday. My thoughts go out to his family and friends and anyone else thinking of him today.

We miss you Hessie....your memory will live on.

What a difficult day this must be for you Dawn - take care and surround yourself with those you love.
I can't remember a day that's gone by when I haven't thought of the little imp at least once!

Did hear from Paul's lovely sister on his birthday so that was nice- he's just in our thoughts.

I'm hoping over the next few weeks to do the long drive back to the grave and give it a bit of clean and pop in some more flowers and seeds and just 'visit'- it's been awhile. Time seems to fly by.

Nice that so many of you are thinking of him.

PG
Thank you hyacinth and ash for your kind comments.

Yesterday was difficult and heartbreaking as expected but I visited the cemetery with Phil's mum for the first time (she doesn't live locally) and I think it helped both of us. It was good spending time with her.

Peter, how lovely for you to hear from Paul's sister. I know how important friends and family are at these times. I've been so touched by the support I've received over the last 6 months including from Frenz Forum members such as Ellefinn. I'm so appreciative of being part of this community.

It has been mentioned on other threads about how music has helped and comforted others. It has also been such a major part of my life but I've realised recently just how important it is to me. I couldn't live without it. Time on Earth especially has such huge importance to me now and it brings me comfort and I have a deep connection with it.

Take care.
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Originally posted by Dawn S:

Yesterday was difficult and heartbreaking as expected but I visited the cemetery with Phil's mum for the first time (she doesn't live locally) and I think it helped both of us. It was good spending time with her.

It has been mentioned on other threads about how music has helped and comforted others. It has also been such a major part of my life but I've realised recently just how important it is to me. I couldn't live without it. Time on Earth especially has such huge importance to me now and it brings me comfort and I have a deep connection with it.

Take care.


Paul's friends and family are once again in my thoughts during this time. Paul, you are greatly missed by all and will never be forgotten and I will never forget the moment I heard the news xoxo

Dawn S, I too am very sorry for your loss. The first anniversary of the loss, birthdays, Christmas etc... are always very difficult.

I lost my Dad September 4th 2007 and found music to be a great comfort to me also. TOE was the album that was in heavy rotation around that time and it was November of that year CH toured Australia- I had something to look forward to finally!

Now whenever I listen to TOE, I think of Dad as I associate that album with him, and in particular the song Pour Le Monde- to me, it was a sad song at the time...

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