On Wed Dec 19 23:29:34 GMT 2001, Joan M. Barry (United States) from 126.96.36.199 said:
This is for Pat:
I liked Cliff's music since I first heard Justin sing "The Best Is Yet To Come". I only really heard about him a few months ago, from a Moody Blues list that I belong to. I still haven't gotten any of his CD's and I am very saddened by his passing, except that I know that his suffering is over. I feel that we have something in common because one of my sisters has been suffering from MS for over 20 years. She still does a lot from her wheelchair and electric scooter. Please know that someone in Houston, Texas, (and many more people I am sure) are praying for you and your family and friends. The best is yet to come! In his love, Joani Barry
The passing of Clifford T. Ward is a very cruel blow so soon after George Harrison's death. Their music filled me a sense of joy and spirituality. Cliff's songs transcend the average concerns of the pop medium and his melodic musings on love, life and loss will surely live on. The loss to his family must be heartbreaking but we can take comfort in the fact that his recorded legacy will stay close by our side like a deeply cherished friend. God bless you Cliff.
What a terrible end to the year this is proving to be. First George and now Cliff--two giants of British popular music have left us, but I know that they are now at peace. The hardest thing in the world is to be unique in your chosen field. Cliff made it seem easy. Few lyricists have a way with words like him and none could marry those words to melodies like he did. Cliff's best work will live on, of that there is no doubt. My condolences go to Cliff's family and friends. My thanks go to Cliff for his gift of songs. It's been such a pleasure to listen, and it will continue to be so.
I HAD A UNIQUE RELATIONSHIP WITH CLIFF AND I AM GLAD TO HAVE BEEN A PART OF HIS LIFE. HE WAS A REAL INSPIRATION TO ME AND HE TAUGHT ME SO MUCH. ALL THE MEMORIES HAVE BEEN FLOODING BACK FROM THE PAST YEARS, SO MANY LAUGHS AND TEARS, I LOVED HIS SENSE OF HUMOUR AND HIS DETERMINATION. I SO OFTEN FELT HIS FRUSTRATION AT NOT BEEN ABLE TO SING AND CREATE HIS MUSIC AND I FEEL HONORED TO HAVE HELPED HIM RIGHT UP UNTIL RECENTLEY, ONE OF THE LAST LINES HE WROTE WAS "HERE AT THE END THERE`S JUST YOU AND ME STILL BREAKING UP THE MOMENTS" THE SONG IS TITLED "BRING IT ON BACK". THE NEW C.D. IS HALF COMPLETE AND I AM DETERMINED TO GET IT FINISHED, I KNOW THATS WHAT HE WOULD HAVE WANTED. HE USED TO SAY TO ME ALMOST EVERY TIME WE MET "JAMES ,YOU'RE A GOOD MAN". I AM BETTER FOR HAVING KNOWN HIM THATS FOR SURE . SO I SAY GOODBYE TO A DEAR FRIEND, I WILL MISS HIM GREATLY AND HIS MEMORY WILL ALWAYS STAY CLOSE TO MY HEART GOD BLESS CLIFF. JAMES
So sorry to here about Clifford passing away, have been a fan of his music for many years, i new he was ill but when i heard it on Radio 2 it brought tears to my eyes such a talent, his songs will always be remembered fondly to those who were aware of his talent. My thoughts go out to his family God Bless. Best Wishes Brian Taylor
I was very sad to hear of Clifford's death on the news today. I was a fan of his music. 'Home Thoughts From Abroad' was my favourite of his songs. I thought he fought his illness with great courage and dignity. May he rest in peace.
Niall from London.
Very upset after hearing the news this morning my thourghts go to clifford's family got home thoughts on. Noel
I listened to Cliff in the 70's and was still downloading his work in 2001. He left us with some brilliant music and my thoughts should be passed to his family freinds and fans. One song coloured my impression of teenage years it grew up as I grew up....... Now I've had my Say.
Though I never met the man, I felt I knew him through his music. It was with great sadness I learned this morning of his untimely passing. I truly feel as though I have lost a close friend.
I hope that now his music will reach the wider audience it was always intended for (are you listening Virgin Records?) and give more people as much pleasure as it has given my Dad and myself over the years.
For Debbie and her Family, my deepest condolences.
My deepest condolences to Cliff's family.
Although we never met, Cliff has been a major influence on my life. Since I first heard 'Home Thoughts' back in 1973 through to last Friday when I was pleasantly surprised to discover 'The Ways of Love'.
He will be sadly missed by so many people but his memory will live on in his music.
May he rest in peace.
I was so very very sad to hear that clifford t ward had passed away..i have never been on his web pages before and didnt even know he was ill...i still have the album home thoughts from abroad, and although it is scratched still put it on from time to time...i have often wondered about him and wondered what he was doing, and when i heard he had died it was a shock....god bless him
Cliff Ward opened his heart wide to spred its joy to all. Dry your tears my friends, we were lucky to know his music hence he will never depart from us. Let him now rest in the presence of God, where he may listen to the music of eternity in exact harmony with his spirit.
I am so sorry to hear the news about Cliff. I send my condolences to his family and to the rest of his friends and fans. I feel your sorrow.
The news of Cliff's death will cause great sadness in the hearts of his followers, and in the hearts of all music lovers the world wide. His willing battle against his illness has ended now, and he can rest upon the wings of time, until his soul gathers together the atoms that will once again give it form. I for one will never forget him. For over 28 years he has been a part of my life, and I have never even met the man. May God bless his wife Pat, and the family he brought to many of us through his songs. Goodbye dear friend.
Stuart M Jackson
It was with great sadness to hear of Clifford's passing away. He has always been my favourite songwriter singer and surely one of the most underated stars of our time but wherever he is now he can be sure his music will continue to be loved by millions. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family at this very sad time.
From the age of 13 Cliff has been in my thoughts and had a major influence on my life. I was so proud to meet him in Dublin back in 1980. Thank you Peter Grogan for giving me that gift. My thoughts are with Pat and family.
I heard yesterday of the death of Clifford T Ward and was saddened by the news.
CTW was one of the most underrated and underplayed musicians in the UK and I feel that the BBC should show some form of appreciation.
I have just found out about Clifford's death, as a fan (I am 42) since Gaye in '73 I was very sad. I was lucky enough to meet Clifford at a convention back in '95 and it was a great thrill although tinged with sadness as his illness was already advanced by then. I unfortunatly have a sister and close friend who have also been diagnosed with this illness. I am convinced the Music he produced will one day be recongnised for what it is, timeless, melodic and beautiful. Many of his songs are classics sadly Clifford will not be around to see this when it happens. I have also read Dave Cartwright's superb biography (there is a film in there) and wish to pass on my condolences to his wife Pat and family. Clifford is gone but his music will live for ever!
Just wanted to say how sorry I am to hear about Clifford's death yesterday.
The song 'Home Thoughts From Abroad' had a profound effect on me back in 1973 and even now it is totally unsurpassed in terms of its lyric quality.
It is always ironic how some performers are recognised far more after they've passed away. Let's hope that as we go forward into 2002 Clifford's work will indeed receive greater appreciation.
Please pass on My condolences to Cliff's family and friends
Iíve only just recently experienced Cliffordís music through my partnerís enthusiasm. His lyrics were very real and they sometimes gave me a giggle but the majority really moved me.
It is a sad loss but I doubt very much that he will be forgotten (well not in our house anyway!).
Deeply saddened to hear of Clifford's death - heard his songs yesterday on Radio 2 and they reminded me of my childhood though this time I listened much more carefully - what great talent and what a sad and untimely loss! Deepest sympathy to all his family and friends.
I heard on radio 2 yesterday that Cliff had died. I'll never get the chance to tell him how wonderful his songs were, and how much I enjoyed them. He was truly a great songwriter. Please pass my condolencies to Cliff's family and friends.
I'll never stop listening to his music.
As a teenager in 1973 I'd already fallen in love with the song Gaye after hearing it on the radio and was amazed at the coincidence a few weeks later, despite living in Coventry myself, of meeting someone who was taught at a school, I believe in Bromsgrove, by Clifford, and from that point sought what news I could of him, over the years collecting albums such as Escalator, Singer Songwriter, Home Thoughts and Mantle Pieces all of which are filled with such beautiful lyrics and which continue to give me such pleasure. I was extremely saddened on hearing the news of his death and send my condolensces to his family, friends and fellow admirers.
Sorry to hear about the death of Clifford t, he was an outstandingly English singer/songwriter whom I enjoyed very much, (fair comment for a Scotsman). I sort of lost touch after his brilliant albums of the early seventies, but recently obtained the Gaye & other stories album on CD. This has given me much pleasure in stormy North Sea nights, (I am captain of an oil rig safety vessel). Condolences to all his family. regards W Wiseman
I would just like to offer my deepest condolences to the family of this great talent. I too, have suffered with the Secondary form of Multiple Sclerosis, for over 20 years. I know what the family have experienced.
Thanks once again, for a wonderful talent.
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