On Sun Dec 30 10:29:15 GMT 2001, Gary Beal (Bournemouth, dorset UK firstname.lastname@example.org) from 18.104.22.168 said:
I have been reading all the messages whilst listening to Clifford and am finding it hard to see the keyboard for the tears in my eyes. Cliff has given so much pleasure to many people with his words and music, and there will be many, many more who will find out why his music means so much to us. Our love goes out to Pat and family at this very, very sad time. I never met Clifford but I have always felt that he was someone I've known all my life, I wish that I could have told him just how much his songs mean to me now, and have done so since hearing 'Gaye' on the radio and I rushed out to buy a copy on 7" vinyl. I was just 16 then but I new that this was something really special and it hardly left the turntable of the record player for a long time! Since then I have grown with his music, and enjoyed every moment. My Wife and I have been married for 24 years now, and those songs have been a close friend to us both.
I dedicated my show on Hospital Radio Bedside (in Bournemouth) to Clifford last week, and will continue to regularly play his songs on the show, as I have done since I started broadcasting in 1994.
God Bless you my friend, your music will always be in our hearts and souls. And God Bless Pat and family and Cliff's many friends. Gary and Lynne xx
Having read all the wonderful tributes to Cliff, it is only now that I feel able to try and add my own. In my life I have been very fortunate and lucky to work with Burt Bacharach and Bob Dylan. I even met Paul McCartney. But, what means more than anything to me was discovering the music and the man Clifford T. Ward. "You will know when love has come, for all the world will smile for you". Just read the messages to see the love.
"You have taught me more, than any book I've ever read. And now I find, I refer to you instead". I even read Browning and Keats after listening to "Home Thoughts".
Thank You Cliff
Love and Peace to Everyone.
It was with great sadness that we learned of Clifford's death. On behalf of myself and the other members of "School of Thought" we would like to pass our deepest condolences to Pat and the family.
We met Cliff for the first time in October 1997 at the annual convention, and it has been a great privilege to have been able to reproduce many of Cliff's great songs as a band on a number of occasions, the highlight being the Ireland concert in 2000. In particular we remember the overwhelming appreciation that was shown for Cliff at this major event.
Whilst playing Cliff's music, we have all come to appreciate just how complex, diverse and extremely well written the songs are, and I will continue (as I have done since 1973) to listen to and enjoy his music.
Cliff will be sadly missed by us all.
Chris Herbert (drummer - "School of Thought")
With tear filled eyes and heavy heart i have just learned of Cliffords passing. I do so much feel for his family and personal friends at this time. Unfortunately due to a serious back problem i could not make the trip to this years convention and now of course will never meet him. Being a musician myself i can only listen in awe to his compositions, wishing i had just a smidgen of his talent. I Know i'm not alone in this thought, as i'm sure we all respect him very much. When i'm back performing live myself i shall certainly play a song of Cliff's and dedicate it to Cliff and his family. We must educate more people with his great music, they are missing out on so much. And i do sincerely hope that some record company out there takes it upon themselves to release, (especially his earlier work), some Cd's to Mark the Life and memory of Clifford.
My life is richer for knowing Cliff, his music will live on and enrich other people for many years to come. Thankyou for the songs, rest in eternal peace. Richard
my deepest condolences to all of Clifford's family. A greatly underrated singer/songwriter whose work will only improve with time.
i am very sad to hear of the passing away of the best singer songwriters of the century, his songs will live with me forever.
So very sorry to hear of Clifford T Ward's death. My thoughts go out to his wife and family. Jane
You were a sweet man with the ability to touch the lives of so many people through your beautiful music. When I visited your home you and Pat made me welcome and I feel so proud that I met and laughed with such a truly talented, genuine and compassionate man. God Bless You.
What can I say that hasn't already been said? The man was a genius with words and music. 'A Day to Myself' ranks number one in my charts. Heartfelt sympathy goes to all family and friends.
He was one of a small handful of great singer/songwriters who were quintessentially English. No one should feel frustration about what he might have achieved but didn't; he wrote and performed consistently to an astonishingly high standard and his work will continue to reward listeners who listen.
Some of the most beautiful songs ever written. May he rest in peace.
"A sad occasion such as this,
Another chance to Reminisce"
"TIME THE MAGICIAN"
...thanks for the memories
Clifford, Now you have finally been laid to rest, you will suffer no more indignity. I feel privileged to have finally met you at last September's convention, and have some lovely photos to remember you by. I will always remember the gentle way you held my head when I bent down to give you a hug. Your music will live on in our hearts forever, and may you now truly find where angels come from. With all our love, Jean and Alex (aged 11) Gwilliam xxx
I have held off writing anything on this Guest Book. I didn't know Cliff or his family, and it still feels strange thinking that I can even share their grief. There loss is so obviously greater than mine, but what I do know is that the loss to the musical world will never be replaced.
I came late to the music of Clifford T. Ward and even now only have one album. That album will have to be replaced soon as it is starting to be worn out with overplay! I wish it was that easy to pop into a shop and get Cliff back for his family. My thoughts are with you at this very difficult time.
We played "Jayne From Andromeda Spiral" (finally got it on CD) on our radio show in Norway a couple of days ago when someone mailed us with the tragic news. Rest in peace, Clifford. Your music lives on all over the world. Our deepest condolences to the Ward family.
The way I feel,
It was Thursday morning when I flicked through the pages of the Independent on 20/12 and decided to buy a copy, the reason was only because I saw you in there, but I did not think of looking at the heading at the top of the page, I was totally unaware of the reason for the article, just thought what a lovely surprise to see an article about one my favorite singer/songwriter's and I quickly paid for the newspaper and thought I would read it when I was away from the shop, only to discover that the article was an obituary. Tears come to my eyes while looking at your photograph and I felt so melancholy and forlorn. I have kept the article and the one from the 'Times' not sure if the Guardian had any information as it had sold out by then.
The way I feel about you now is as strong as ever and I will listen to your music always, just as I listened to 'Homethoughts' that same Thursday that I saw the news. Your music is like love to me, your voice is so beautiful and it just makes me feel so happy to listen to you singing while thinking about you.
The song 'Nightingale'' is so lovely and like the Nightingale you possess such perfect pitch also.
Still thinking about you,
Clifford's songs kept me sane and hopeful during a period in my life when I was abroad and homesick. So it was a terrible shock to read of his death. My thoughts and condolences are sent to his family at their time of loss.
Fond memories of good tunes
IT WAS WITH GREAT SADNESS I LEARNED OF CLIFFORDS UNTIMELY DEATH. HIS MUSIC HAS AND ALWAYS WILL BE VERY MUCH A PART OF MY LIFE. HIS SONGS GOT ME THROUGH THE MOST DIFFICULT YEARS OF MY LIFE. I CAN STILL REMEMBER LISTENING TO GAYE FROM THE IST TIME I EVER HEARD IT TO THIS PRESENT DAY. NOW EVEN MY CHILDREN APPRECIATE THE GREATNESS OF THE MAN. HE WAS IN MY OPINION ONE OF THE GREATEST SINGER SONG-WRITERS OF OUR TIME . I MET CLIFFORD FOR THE 1ST TIME IN DUBLIN IN NOV. 2000 AT THE REGENCY HOTEL, AT THE CONVENTION ORGANISED BY PETER GROGAN. IT WAS SUCH A MAGICAL MOMENT IN MY LIFE TO ACTUALLY MEET HIM AT LAST. I WOULD LIKE TO PASS ON MY DEEPEST CONDOLENCES TO HIS WIFE PAT AND FAMILY. WE ARE ALL WITH YOU AT THIS SAD TIME. FOR ME CLIFFORD WILL NEVER DIE, HE WILL ALWAYS LIVE ON IN THE MUSIC HE SHARED WITH US. LIFE LONG & DEVOTED FAN : JOSEPH BYRNE & FAMILY
Only yesterday 2-1-02 we bought the best of Clifford T Ward on CD (we only had scatchy vinyl) and spent a very happy time reading about him in A tapestry book and on the LP sleeve. I chose today to try and find out how he was, knowing of the long term Ms etc, but to be informed of his death only weeks ago has thrown me. How wonderful to be remembered for all time by a brilliant talent, superb voice and true to the heart lyrics. Thank you Clifford for Happy Memories I will be singing along with you today at full volume: RIP: I hope for you 'THE BEST IS YET TO COME'. Julie Milne
i wish to pass on my sincere good wishes to pat and cliff's family at this very sad time. if i have one regret in life it is that i never met the man who composed such wonderful songs and lyrics. we all know he should have been a much bigger star but that is the music business for you. i live in liverpool were local dj billy butler plays cliff's recordings regularly to great appreciation. he did a tribute to cliff the day after his death and played "for debbie and friends" the phone lines went crazy with people wanting to know were they could buy this song and who it was singing. this says to me that if more djs had played cliff's stuff instead of the rubbish they do play then who knows what may have happened. once again all my best wishes to pat and the family.
I was saddened to hear of the passing of Clifford T. Ward. GAYE is one of my all time favourite songs and my late mother loved it too. I had the privilege of being in the Top of the Pops studio when Clifford made his debut singing GAYE - a very special memory. God bless you Clifford R.I.P.
Clifford T Ward's songs have always been an important part of my life. He was there when I was happy and sad, expressing feelings I could never find the words or music for. Thanks Cliff. The world is a better place because you and your music made a difference. Dennis Sibley
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