Roughly 19 years ago Neill introduced me to the 'back-end' of the World Wide Web and taught me how to maintain a website. This totally random alphanumeric password was the very first I'd encountered and it was given to me by Neill. Isn't it funny......I can't remember what I had for dinner yesterday, but I have remembered this obscure sequence for 19 years. Perhaps it is because of the friendship that was formed during this time as teacher and student!
Sadly I have not seen or spoken with Neill in many years. I worked with Dil for some time back in the early noughties and met Neill then as he was the IT man! When Dil and I went our separate ways with work we were in touch only occasionally. Neill was a patient teacher and understood my need to know why I was doing something before I did it! We had many a laugh and I remember fondly spending a couple of hours with him and Dil at their home, sharing a cuppa (it was the middle of the day and I was driving!!!) and getting advice from them both about a potential career move. Such immensely wise people.
Neill and Dil were soul mates, that was easy to see. Anyone who shares the same level of love and affection in their life is very, very blessed.
February 24th, 2021
Thank you for saving me numerous times from the huge 8-legged beasties who found their way into my house, Neill was so good at evicting them!
Thank you for your wise and kind advice in the midst of many dilemmas faced by my family, you and Dil were a port in a stormy sea (as well as in the glass).
Always full of anecdotes of the adventures you and Dil went on - your telling of the warthog chasing you in Africa made me laugh, and I loved following your journeys through France and Spain in the campervan.
I spent many a night with you and Dil while we chewed over life, helped of course by a lovely glass of mellow red wine.......
He was our "Monty Don" of Garrard Close coupled with a "Hairy Biker", good with gardening and wildlife advice, and although he didn't cook, he had Dil to always rustle up a meal...
I will always have fond memories of a wonderful witty man who could always keep us amused.... and our glass topped up (thank goodness I only lived next door) I shall think of him in his campervan wild camping in the middle of nowhere chilling out with binoculars in one hand and a nice mellow fruity red in the other..... Cheers Neill
February 24th, 2021
Uncle Neil was a man full of knowledge and I always learnt a lot whenever I saw him, from how photographs were developed in a dark room to birds and flowers and wildlife and everything inbetween. I remember seeing dragonflies for the first time with him by the pond when I was a child, so they always remind me of him! xx
This is a link to a song I wrote for him, called Dragonfly
Link to the song - https://soundcloud.com/user-182746283-362754267/dragonfly/s-sV9oRyn81pY
February 23rd, 2021