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Christopher Booth 1964 – 2010

Christopher died peacefully at 2pm this afternoon, 7th August. His sister was in time to say her goodbyes. I was with him to the end. He was calm and did not suffer at all.

I’m too upset to manage more than a short post, but I want you to know that we both have drawn huge support from all of his friends reading this blog.


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  1. Graham H | 8 August 2010 at 10:33 pm | Permalink

    Dear Gillian

    Thinking of you


  2. Richard A | 9 August 2010 at 7:37 am | Permalink

    Dear Gillian,

    So sad to hear your news.

    The courage you have both shown as you shared your journey with us has been an inspiration to us all. You are very much in our thoughts and prayers.


  3. David Barrett | 9 August 2010 at 8:05 am | Permalink


    I am so sorry to hear your very sad news. My codolences to you and your families.


  4. Tim Marshall | 9 August 2010 at 8:16 am | Permalink

    Dear Gillian,
    We have just returned to the UK to read the sad news. Through your blog we have been with you and Chris throughout these difficult months and will continue to be with you in the future. Your committed and loving care for Chris has been an inspiration to us all. It is our prayer that you will now know a deep peace as you reflect on the richenss of the life and the love that you have enjoyed together.
    With all our love,
    Tim, Sarah, Jamie and Emily

  5. Chris West | 9 August 2010 at 9:33 am | Permalink


    Only just got back on line after the weekend

    We are both very sorry to hear your sad news: you, Chris and your families are in our thoughts and prayers

    Chris and Christine

  6. David Bilsby | 9 August 2010 at 12:15 pm | Permalink

    My deepest condolences to you and Chris’ family. The only comfort I can take at this time is that Chris died peacefully.

    As so many others have already said, Chris was a wonderful person; friendly, warm, caring, helpful, the qualities too numerous to list.

    I personally have found this blog inspirational. The courage and resolve you have both shown throughout this period is something to aspire to. Sharing Chris’ cancer fight with the whole web community, even though it must have been painful at times, I am sure will inspire others who find themselves in the same circumstances to keep fighting and be positive throughout.

    What better legacy for Chris than for his trials and tribulations to help others after his passing.


  7. Paul Maddox | 9 August 2010 at 7:31 pm | Permalink

    A great loss to the world.

    As long as I am alive, I will cherish the memory of Chris.
    I’m sure he’ll live on in the hearts of all those who’s lives he touched.

    peace be with you Chris, and your family.


  8. Rich H | 9 August 2010 at 7:40 pm | Permalink

    It is with great sadness to hear this news. Chris was a wonderful, lively person whom it was a great pleasure to know. Although I had not posted many comments in the blog he (& Gillian) were always in our minds. He leaves us with great memories and will not be forgotten.

    All our best wishes at this difficult time.
    Richard + Fiona.

  9. Dave Palmer | 9 August 2010 at 10:14 pm | Permalink


    So very sorry to hear this sad, sad news. Our deepest condolences to you and both families.

    Chris was a someone I admired and respected, a kind and generous soul who will be much missed.


  10. Ron Cameron | 10 August 2010 at 12:03 am | Permalink


    I only knew Chris through our interaction on the Tips From the Top Floor photography forums, but his kind personality always shone through his words. His photos of stuffed animal hounds (I think he called them the Gay Dogs) never failed to bring a smile to my face and his advice was always thoughtful and well received.

    Please accept my sincerest condolences to you and your families.

  11. Steven Birch | 10 August 2010 at 1:42 am | Permalink


    Learnt today, with inexpressible sorrow, of this sad news.

    We will always remember Chris’s wry and sparkling smile that never failed to lighten the gloomiest of moments. His humor, good nature and above all his vast intelligence that shone through without a trace of arrogance will ensure that he will be remembered fondly by all, like us, who were lucky and priveliged enough to have known Chris just a little.

    You are very much in our thoughts

    Steve and Lynne

  12. Paul Manning | 10 August 2010 at 10:05 am | Permalink

    This is such sad news. My condolances to you at this difficult time.


  13. Gill | 10 August 2010 at 12:40 pm | Permalink

    Gillian, I am so sorry. You must be very proud to read all these blogs full of love for Chris. The same words to describe him have come to many of us; his warmth and humour, his intelligence and natural curiosity and his great courage and honesty. No one could have done more for Chris than you have done all these months past. You are in my thoughts.

  14. Tina Brooks | 10 August 2010 at 7:46 pm | Permalink

    Dear Gillian,
    I’m so sorry to read the news. Chris & I were on the Prospect Committee at the same time for a while. I recall that he had a knack for getting to the nub of a problem and summing it up neatly, often with great humour. He enjoyed helping people. His and your words in this blog will go on helping other people who find themselves in similar situations, I’m sure.
    From what you have written, it is clear that you have been through so much recently with great courage. Somebody I know (a very logical chemist!) lost her husband to cancer in May, and she feels that he is still by her side helping her to find the courage through these difficult times. Thinking of you.

  15. Mark Keene | 13 August 2010 at 10:58 pm | Permalink

    Dear Gillian,
    I’m so very sorry. I didn’t know Chris that well but I know that you love him and his passing will be a massive loss not only to you but all your friends and family too. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  16. Chris Marquardt | 14 August 2010 at 12:20 pm | Permalink

    Chris was an active member of the Tips from the Top Floor community, and I had the pleasure to meet him on one of my photography workshops. It’s hard for me to find the right words, but I vividly remember being very proud of him when I came across his photography lighting experiments on his flickr stream. All my best wishes for this challenging time.

  17. Patrick B | 15 August 2010 at 12:03 pm | Permalink

    Dear Chris, goodbye dear friend. Thank you for your kind and caring support in darkest times and for your joy, intelligence and humour in happier ones.
    We’ll all miss you so much.
    Patrick and Christine

  18. Janice Lonsdale | 16 August 2010 at 2:06 pm | Permalink

    Dear Gillian

    I was so sorry to hear your news. I have fond memories of the time I have spent with both of you. My thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

  19. Jillian | 8 April 2011 at 5:48 pm | Permalink

    For the past three years I have used Chris’ recording of the poem “Dulce Et Decorum Est” on to teach my literature students World War I poetry. I clicked on his contact link on the site because I wanted to thank him for recording such a powerful reading of the poem; my students are always moved by his voice.

    I was saddened to read that Chris died, but I wanted to let his family and friends know that his voice has held the attention of hundreds of my students thus far.

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