Ann Tinworth, 1939 – 2008

Mum & I at the ball

There are some phrases that your head just refuses to accept as applying to you. “My Mum is dead” is one of them. But my head is going to have to get used to the idea, as Mum passed away, surrounded by her family, last Wednesday.
She’d been fighting ovarian cancer for the best part of two and a half years, but, in the end, the struggle and the repeated courses of chemotherapy took their toll. A few days after the picture above was taken at a charity ball by my brother Mark, she started a downhill slide that took her from us.
Regular readers of this blog, as well as my Twitter and Vox will know I ended up spending a lot of time with Mum over the last couple of years, and her death has left a huge void. My lovely wife has been hugely supportive over that time, and the one bright spot in this is that I will now get the chance to spend much more time with her.
The funeral’s on Thursday, and we’re currently working through the horrid task of clearing Mum’s (epic) possessions. Posting here will continue to be erratic for the next week or so.
And do me a favour. If there’s a family member you love, and haven’t seen in a while, pick up the phone, drop them an e-mail (or IM them – Mum was always iChatting me at work. Geek girls – you lost one of your own last week) or arrange to see them. Our loved ones are all too soon gone.
  • Adam, you are a living testament to the woman your mother was. I can only imagine how proud she was of you.

  • May you rest in peace Ann.

  • Sorry to hear that.

  • My thoughts are with you.

  • Adam, im so very sorry to hear of your mums passing. No words can help but thinking of you.
    Kate. x

  • Sorry to hear about your mum, she sounds lovely. I’m thinking of you and your family and sending best wishes your way.

  • Joanne Howarth (Williams)

    Dear Adam (and Mark)
    I have such fond memories of Dollar and your family and I will always remember your Mum and Dad. They are together again now. Be strong. Thinking of you both, Joanne

  • Adam Tinworth

    Thanks for the kind words, folks.

  • Paul Payne

    we’ve never spoke before, but I do enjoy your blog

    some words that helped me that might help you

    Remembrance is a golden chain
    Death tries to break,
    but all in vain.
    To have, to love, and then to part
    Is the greatest sorrow of one’s heart.
    The years may wipe out many things
    But some they wipe out never.
    Like memories of those happy times
    When we were all together.

  • Thank you – that’s really thought-provoking.

  • I’m so sorry for your loss, Adam. Deepest sympathies.

  • Thank you, Becky – and everyone else who left a comment.