I worked with Mike on the Grimwade postings for several years. His knowledge, co-operation , dedication and above all sense of humour made him a total delight to work with
His partner , Jacki informed us this morning that he died suddenly last evening and said
"Thank you all for giving Mike a truly fascinating hobby for so long "
I have a series of both emails and private messages which I will treasure .
Perhaps a flavour of him and our relationship can be got from the following exchange
He will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him
Hello again Clive
As requested and under direct and STRICT instruction from the lady of this house I'm (hopefully) sending you six attachments which Â relate to the 1796 Will of John Maxwell. In view of all the dire warnings on t'internet regarding copyright of these documents I shall deny, if asked, any knowledge of them and plead under the 5th Amendment if the USA computer spies come looking for me. I'm presently hiding in a cave in the Hindu Kush so any problems with retrieval of six documents will have to wait until I think it's safe to come outÂ
No christening records for children of John and Isabella Maxwell have been found.
Your spring should now be fully wound. I expect to hear of substantial movement the moment I step outside this cave.
To Whoever you are
Very Many thanks Â for the documents which I have never seen.
They are very legible and I shall have great fun reading them if I had received them, which of course I haven't
Talking of things which have never been sent , please accept in return for the things you have not sent , something I have never sent.
If you had received it, which as I never sent it, you haven't, it refers to our Mr Maxwell, obviously like most Â bucklemakers in the post 1790 desparately seeking a new form of income.!
Many thanks indeed
Please enjoy your holiday in the cave !