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Postby Spitfire666 » Thu Aug 27, 2015 7:23 am

We are sorry to inform you that SaintedAunt has passed away from an inoperable brain tumour. She will be greatly missed. As most of you know, SaintedAunt was a regular contributor to the forum and, in particular, her stories about Biggles and Algy were always a joy to read. We have gathered her stories here in this special tribute forum to honour her memory. Those of you who have pictures or anecdotes you would like to share are welcome to post them in this thread.

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Postby OzBiggles1963 » Thu Aug 27, 2015 8:29 am

Thank you for letting us know S666, sad news indeed. I have not had any personal interaction with Sainted Aunt, but my sincere condolences go out to all of her relatives, friends & those forum members who have met with her in person. I have enjoyed her stories immensely, she was a true friend of the forum, dedicated fan fiction writer, & I have read many of her stories of our favourite people with admiration & wonder. What better tribute or way to be remembered...thank you SA & R.I.P. in a better place.

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Postby Tracer » Thu Aug 27, 2015 9:19 am

So sad. Thank you for letting us know, and for such a good idea for a tribute. I hope SA will know, wherever she is, how much she was/is appreciated.

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Postby kylie_koyote » Thu Aug 27, 2015 10:00 am

Thank you for creating this memorial for SA and I sent out my deepest sympathies and condolences to everyone who knew her, both in person and online.

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Postby Fairblue » Thu Aug 27, 2015 10:21 am

My sympathies to her family and friends at this sad time. SA will leave a big hole in the forum. Her stories about Biggles and Algy were matchless. It is very sad to think we will no longer have her incredible talent to entertain us.

I first met her at Liverpool Street Station where we were both en route to Twyford. We shared a wonderful weekend and I will always admire the way she was able to get under Biggles' and Algy's skin to produce those wonderful stories of hers. We communicated regularly after that and she was always a tremendous help to me with my own writing. I will miss her a lot.

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Postby Frederique » Thu Aug 27, 2015 12:14 pm

SA was wonderful, considerate, generous, brilliantly witty, and her writing incomparable. Really, words are insufficient to describe the incredible person that she was - and how greatly she will be missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to her friends and family.

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Postby Kismet » Thu Aug 27, 2015 1:20 pm

My condolences to all who knew Sainted Aunt well. She will be missed for many reasons: her knowledge, her willingness to share all things Biggles, and her story telling prowess amongst them. I am glad that I was able to meet her on this Forum. Her absence is noticeable.

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by Frecks » Thu Aug 27, 2015 2:49 pm

Very sad news. SA had not been on the Forum much recently and I was wondering if there was something wrong. The Tribute is an excellent idea.

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by SopwithCamel » Thu Aug 27, 2015 7:01 pm

SaintedAunt will indeed be greatly missed. I had never met her, but we corresponded through email and I found her to be a lovely, understanding, and warm person. Her Biggles and Algy stories were brilliantly on point and were wonderful to read. Hopefully this tribute forum will help to honor her memory and remind us all of the enjoyable times she and her stories gave us.

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by 266 » Thu Aug 27, 2015 8:47 pm

Sad indeed. Odd to miss someone you never met, but feels like a big gap in family.

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by tiffinata » Fri Aug 28, 2015 7:48 am

I have been thinking hard all day and trying to come up with an appropriate tribute, and it has not been easy.

I don't mind sharing that I cried when I first heard the news.

I find myself nodding in agreement to what others have said in previous posts.

It was an absolute privilege to have corresponded with Sainted Aunt over the last 15 months. As a writer she was brilliant and thought provoking; as an editor she was equally as good. I was lucky enough to have her offer her editorial skills. She taught me so much and gave me confidence to believe in myself at I time when I needed it.
Quite often if I'm struggling with a piece of private or work writing I ask myself 'What would Sainted Aunt do', and would the finished product meet her exacting standards.

There were many times in my vegetable garden this year that I thought of her, particularly when harvesting my pumpkins.

This year I shall find a sunny spot and plant sunflowers in her memory.

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by Fairblue » Fri Aug 28, 2015 8:24 am

tiffinata wrote:

"This year I shall find a sunny spot and plant sunflowers in her memory."


That is a really fitting tribute, Tiff. She would be tickled pink at the idea, I'm sure.

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by Tracer » Fri Aug 28, 2015 9:00 am

Fairblue wrote:

"tiffinata wrote:

This year I shall find a sunny spot and plant sunflowers in her memory.


That is a really fitting tribute, Tiff. She would be tickled pink at the idea, I'm sure."


A lovely idea.

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by Frecks » Fri Aug 28, 2015 10:42 am

Yes that is a lovely idea.

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by Kismet » Fri Aug 28, 2015 12:47 pm

tiffinata wrote:

"There were many times in my vegetable garden this year that I thought of her, particularly when harvesting my pumpkins.

This year I shall find a sunny spot and plant sunflowers in her memory."



That's a nice idea, Tiff.

Talking of harvesting pumpkins, do you remember the ornamental gourds SA grew?
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Postby SopwithCamel » Fri Aug 28, 2015 2:20 pm

That is a fantastic idea, tiff.

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by J349 » Fri Aug 28, 2015 4:49 pm

Oh no, that is sad news. I hardly knew here, but from her posts on here, she was always helpful, witty, intelligent, and enjoyed a good laugh. The laughing smiley was always her favourite, wasn't it?

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by Spitfire666 » Sat Aug 29, 2015 7:50 am

On a forum we can feel very close to some people; on a forum we can be very close to some people. We get a strong feel of what a person is like from their posts: humour and good sense are attributes quickly picked up. As well as SA’s many and apt posts read by all, she carried on lively conversations by email and private messages with some of us. Some were fortunate enough to meet her and make memories close to our hearts. Her warmth, wit and wisdom will be very much missed. Her empathetic understanding of Biggles and Algy shines a light on their relationship.
I remember a time at Brooklands Museum when we found our way to the top of what remains of the famous racetrack. No one else around, and with one mind SA, archie and RSG looked at each other and raced down it (while I, with a dodgy back, stood forlorn). They stood triumphant at the bottom, and a fox ambling by, looked at them, shrugged at me, and made off.
The last time she stayed with me we made up a jigsaw I had found in a charity shop. It was a case where the resulting picture far surpassed that on the cover of the box. We sat for some time transfixed by the beautiful Spitfire we had made, before she took it apart, saying “If we don’t do it now you won’t be able to in the morning.” She was right, of course: as always.

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by Sizzling Sausages » Tue Sep 08, 2015 11:01 pm

I'm a latecomer to this sad news but I too very much enjoyed her presence here. A great loss to the Biggles world. Condolences to all.

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by Isaac Reed » Fri Sep 11, 2015 12:15 am

Even later here, if only I saw this sooner. I didn't speak with her much but this is still a shock to me. So very, very sad. Thank you for posting this. I wish I had read her stories before now so that I could have seen them in a happier light. :'(

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by Frecks » Fri Sep 11, 2015 7:17 am

I am sure she would have been pleased that new members were coming along and enjoying her stories.

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