On Sat Dec 15 15:47:29 GMT 2001, POLLY AND ROSS (ENGLAND email@example.com) from 188.8.131.52 said:
we've just got our own access to the internet and we're delighted by the amount of info available on cliff, especially the site where someone has named a horse after him. cliff is still very unwell at the moment so any messages of good will would be greatly appreciated by him.
Sat 15th 2001
There is no change in Cliff's condition he still remains poorly. If anyone would like an update call me on my mobile the number is 07779542630 any time between 10am and 5pm Please keep those messages coming in.
I must have been asleep when the TOGS calendar was put on sale in October. I didn't know that Cliff is shown in the calendar with what appears to be a great photograph.
I have ordered my calendar now and suggest that all of you do the same. The proceeds go to Children In Need.
Keep sending your emails to bbc radio2 to get your favourite CTW song played. Without constant requests CTW may get dropped off the playlist. Ask for some of the more unusual titles to get a wider choice played.
Keep sending your messages to these pages. Cliff really needs to hear your messages of love and goodwill. He is very ill and needs all your positive thoughts to help him pull through.
Happy holiday and a great 2002 to you all.
P.S. The message from Polly & Ross is from Cliff and Pat's youngest daughter and her talented boyfriend Ross who performed so well at the last celebration concert. I'm sure that she was too modest to push herself forward.
DID ANYONE HEAR " GAYE " ON TERRY WOGAN SHOW FRIDAY 14/12/01 ? IT WAS PLAYED AT 2 MINUTES TO NINE . HE ALSO PLAYED BEST IS YET TO COME , ON FRIDAY 7/12/01 . IS HE GOING TO PLAY A CTW RECORD EVERY FRIDAY , I HOPE SO . LOVE TO PAT AND CLIFF
MIKE ROSS [ THE ROCK N ROLL WRECK ]
Dear Mr. Ward,
In the late 70's when I discovered your album 'Home Thoughts From Abroad', I thought it was the most beautiful music I had ever heard. It was like finding gold because I was living in my native Guyana; South America and my Scottish boyfriend brought it back for me after a visit to the the UK. I played the album constantly while ABBA and THE BEE-GEES collected dust. It quickly became my resivoir of joy. Imagine then, what it was like to have discoverd your other albums! PURE JOY! It isn't just your lyrics or melody, it is the way you weave your beautiful voice with these, and the way you choose an instrument to express emotion or thought. It seems you have put a great deal of thought into every detail of your songs, yet skillfully leaveing it simple enough so that we can sing along. (GENIUS!) Who else can write a song called 'Cellophane' with such delightful lyrics, and then give you goosebumps with those cellos at the end. And on and on. I wish I possessed the wit to express just how much joy I feel when I listen to your music. I used to look at your picture on the 'Home Thoughts' album in complete awe of you. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be writing a note like this to you. Isn't life the funniest thing? PLEASE, PLEASE BE WELL SOON... God bless and keep you and yours.
P.S. That Scottish boyfriend eventually became husband... he had such good taste in music!
18 - December - 2001
Announcement by Stephen Bagust
(Hon. Secretary. friends of Clifford
It is with the deepest sadness that I write to announce the death today of Clifford T Ward.
He was undoubtedly the most underrated singer and songwriter of our time. He had suffered from Multiple Sclerosis for almost twenty years and his final illness, pneumonia, was more than his weakened constitution could conquer.
He died in Hospital near his home in his beloved Worcestershire at 9.00am today, Tuesday 18th December 2001.
He is survived by his wife Pat, sons Martin and Sam, daughters Debbie and Polly and his three grandchildren.
Clifford T leaves a great legacy of music that will last for as long as good songs are enjoyed by an appreciative audience.
A private family funeral will take place as soon as possible. It is hoped that a public memorial service and a celebration concert will happen in early 2002.
Any messages of condolence can be passed on to his family by myself or Roy Smith.
The friends of Clifford T Ward will continue to support the memory of Clifford and give what tangible support Pat may need in the coming months and years.
So sad to hear today's news. Clifford T. Ward's music entrances me like no other. Love and condolences to all the family.
I've been listening to radio1 (rte Ireland) just now and heard the news of Cliffords passing. At a time in my life when I didn't see a future for myself there were songs that got me through the day. being a musician I loved Clifford's style and poetic writing. His words streched out a hand to me back then and today his words serve as a presious reminder of that time for me. below are a few words that I wrote in a song that summed up Clifford in my mind, thanks for the music God bless.
Sorry to hear the news of Clifford passing, his music will always have a special place in my heart. I miss him already.
Many condolences to all Clifford's family & friends.
The world is now a sadder place.
Sad, sad news today. The world will not forget the beauty and love expressed in his songs.
Light up the heavens Clifford.
How very sad I was to hear today of Clifford's death. I'm one of Terry Wogan's old T.O.G.'s and Terry is also a great admirer of Clifford and often plays his songs. He played 'Home Thoughts from Abroad' today and mentioned the loss we who admired the man and his music would feel. He also remembered that one of the last things Clifford did was to wear a T.O.G.'s sweatshirt, in aid of 'Children in Need'......
For me, I feel a sense of almost personal loss, an added poignancy, for my husband has suffered with MS for over 20 years and now needs total support and care, he and Clifford would be the same age. So my thoughts and prayers go out to Pat, her children and grandchildren, who I feel sure at this moment are suffering almost unbearable grief. But I hope the knowledge that so many, unknown people care and wish her well will help in some small way. Clifford gave immeasurable pleasure to uncounted numbers, was part of our youth and also part of our maturity as we also became grandparents, easing the transition painlessly with wonderful, sensitive words and lingering melodies. Thank you for allowing us to share.....
May you know some measure of peace this Christmas.
I am sitting here, in my office this morning, with "a day to myself" playing on the CD rom in my computer and with a framed photo of Cliff on the wall, a photo that has been the subject of a thousand "who is that guy on the wall?" queries from anyone visiting my office. I heard on waking up this morning that Cliff had finally succumbed to the wasting illness of MS that robbed Cliff and this world of a monumental music ability. It feels like a very close member of my family has passed away, but I comfort myself in the thought that Cliff is finally back writing music and healthy, albeit on higher ground. My condolences to his wfie Pat and family and to all of Cliffs fans who have shared the secret of this mans talent for ao many years. If on a practical level seeing the season thats in it, anyone with the resources, could buy a Cliff Cd or cd's for relatives and friends this christmas, then maybe, Cliff's music will finally be heard and apprecaited by the everyone. Ted O'Neill Dublin
I was so sorry today to hear of the passing of Clifford T Ward. I would like to send my condolences to his wife and family.
A great songwriter.....sadly missed.
I have just heard the terrible news that this latest illness has finally defeated our dear, brave Clifford. I have lost the musical love of my life, but there will be time to grieve for that later; now, I would just like to say to Pat how sorry I am and thank you for the selfless devotion you have given to Cliff all these difficult years. You have earned the undying respect and gratitude of all of us who love Cliff's music. And to Polly, Debbie and Martin, and all the family, my love and condolences. Alan Kenworthy, 10.20 a.m. 18th December, 2001.
i want to offer my condolences to everyone, on this sad occasion. I have been a fan since the late 1970's, when i met him at boarding school. Debbie was in the year below me and i always remember CTW playing pool in our games room!
I also remember visiting his house for a birthday party, and staying over. It was at the time "contrary" had been released, and CTW gave me a copy of the record to play at the discos I did (being a mobile dj).
I wish everyone well at this sad time. my wife and i are avid fans and play CTW everyday. We're especially pleased that Terry Wogan gives airtime to his songs also.
Andy (and Marisa) Wright
I have been a fan for as long as I can remember - back to the early 70's and I guess like so many others I have kept my thoughts to myself. I often read this website and the comments but have never posted as his music always seemd so personal to me. It was a 'magical' thing between the two of us and I didn't somehow want to break this spell. I found the music so precious and have only shared it with a few very important people in my life. It is indeed a rare and beautiful possession. Clifford was a major part of my life - I met him at two of the conventions and am eternally grateful for this privilege. When we heard the news - we had to stop the car and listen to 'Home Thoughts' that was on the radio. I will not forget this moment. I am deeply touched and very sad. I feel as if I have lost soemone very dear. My thoughts go to all his family. God Bless. Mark
Very sad to hear the terrible news today. What a great loss to the music industry. I am only 32 years old but came across Cliiford T through my father, probably about 20 years ago. I always remember listening to him in the car, whenever we went on family holidays. I have an old copied audio cassette of Home Thoughts which I listen to now while driving around in my works van but I would like to find it on CD.
I believe that anyone that has heard any of Clifford T's recordings and really listened to the lyrics, will without doubt be very saddened today.
First of all I have to be honest I was not familiar with alot of Mr. Ward's work but today Dec 19th 2001 whilst taking my children and wife to school and work respectively Terry Wogan played 'I miss you' I apologise if this is not the correct title and at first we were all abit taken a back and I have to say a couple of us giggled, we giggled I believe because were not used to hearing such absolutely honest heartfelt lyrics. Today it has to be dressed up in some gimicky metaphor, we listened on and chorus came in, the giggleing stopped and for the rest of the song the car was silent. I think that the music of people like Clifford T. Ward will always teach us new things, not only about ourselves but about life in general and I certainly learnt something today that I will always remember. All my sympathies are with his family.
Goodbye Cliff....Thanks for all the good feelings you gave us...My condolences to Pat and Family...Oh How He shall be missed.
DEAR PAT, MARTIN,SAM,DEBBIE,AND POLLY,
SO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT CLIFFORD. MY THOUGHTS ARE WITH YOU AT THIS SAD TIME . IT WAS A PRIVILEGE TO HAVE KNOWN HIM. IN THE WORDS OF THE SONG;
TO KNOW KNOW KNOW HIM
IS TO LOVE LOVE LOVE HIM
AND I DO
AND REMEMBER , THE SUN WILL SHINE TOMORROW, IF YOU ASK IT TOO
REGARDS MIKE ROSS [ CHARLIE AND HOLLY ]
[ THE ROCK N ROLL WRECK ]
THANK YOU CLIFF FOR ALL THE GREAT SONGS
REST IN PEACE
A great loss to us all who grew up with his music. My sincere condolences to all his family. Despite your loss enjoy Christmas as I'm sure he would have wished you to.
Words can't express the loss of such a wonderful talent. His music will live on.
I'm very sad just after hearing of cliff's death.
To a man who wrote some of the best music of all time, his music will live forever, god bless him and his family, may he rest in peace.
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