Wednesday, 28 January 2009

REMEMBERING CHARLIE DAVIS

Hello again folks! Today is an extremely sad day for me. My Uncle Charlie passed away earlier this afternoon at the ripe old age of 75 years; 4 months and 19 days. He is survived by my Auntie Rosalind [his partner of 37 years] and my cousin Michelle. He was a kind of second father to me.
Charlie Davis was born on the 9th September 1933 and I am proud to have been associated with him. Affectionately known as 'The Car Doctor' and highly respected by his neighbours and the Sinclair clan amongst others, he will be sorely missed.
It was in the early 1980's that I started visiting Rosalind and Charlie by myself and got to know him. Most Monday nights for the next 15 years were spent in his company. We watched 'Star Trek' at 7:00PM on BBC2 every Monday night in those days and after that, as I grew up, there was the odd visit to the cinema and also a regular pint at 'The Pendulum' with his neighbour, Fred, discussing all manner of subjects; including my young Christian faith. Not a few times did I present the gospel to Charlie and Fred. There I leave it with the Lord.

If I ever needed to borrow his car in an emergency; Charles Davis was there. He was there when I departed my then home in 1992 in Weston-super-Mare and he brought home most of my belongings in his car. He was there in 1996 when my engagement to my future wife, Julie, was celebrated. He was there at our wedding in September 1997 and he was one of the first folks to see our very new-born baby Rebekah Marie in December 1998. Always strong; always determined; always helpful; always practical - that was Charlie. He was thrilled when I telephoned him on my many travels and he was always interested in how I was doing. As the effects of Parkinson Disease and cancer took hold; he was still independent and he was still dependable Charlie. I will miss him terribly; as will a lot of people.
I last met with him last Saturday, together with Julie at New Cross Hospital. He was seriously ill; on much medication and it was hard to get his attention. It was a heartbreaking way to say "Goodbye" to good 'ol Sir Charles Davis. He and Rosalind gave me much-needed stability when I was wobbling in life and I needed normality. So many fond memories and laughs to recall. I am grateful to God for the blessing of having had this man woven into the tapestry of my life. I will never forget him and pray that, in the Lord's mercy and grace, he departed this life friends with God. Please pray for Rosalind and Michelle and her partner Steve. Please also pray for a smooth funeral and that the Lord would use these sad events to open the door of True Salvation to whoever He pleases.
God bless you and God bless Israel ... KJS ... 28-Jan-2009

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