Many of you may have already heard that Louis died on Sunday 9th February 2014 – our sons, Ralph and Jake, and I were with him.
Louis was diagnosed with prostate cancer 7 years ago – he was just 54. His prognosis was pretty poor – so living this long has been a real bonus. Louis just got on with life and lived with cancer – he definitely wasn’t a victim, sufferer or cancer fighter – he carried on working, but did stop teaching, and squeezed as much fun into everyday. He had a huge and wide number of interests – fishing, sailing, running, bike, golf, reading, writing, mushroom foraging, woodworking, breadmaking, snowboarding… and he was good at them all!
Last June he started to write full time – and around 450,000 words later we have 4 books (a boxed set!). I promised him that I will get them published as soon as I can – there is still work to do but Louis jumps out from every page.
Louis had no fear of death, although he would admit to wanting to live another 20 years- he had so much to do. He wanted no funeral, so we are having a party on Monday 17th Feb at our local beach café to celebrate him – we expect a crowd! Louis made 2 requests – no black and he asked his very, very special friend Mick Thacker to speak. Very few people and patients in Falmouth, where we live and work, know what Louis has done professionally. To most he was just the local, but well respected, Chartered Physiotherapist at Swanpool – he didn’t want or need to be anything else.
A remarkable, humble human.
We have received many amazing messages from all over the world and we would like to thank everybody for taking the time to write. Louis touched (literally!) many people’s lives and he would be thrilled to see the words and thoughts of you all. We will have another book of appreciation.
Philippa Tindle, Ralph and Jake Gifford
This blog will be kept open and I will add any material I have of Louis’s. Louis was unable to write his ‘centralisation’ piece as promised because his new books took priority. Sorry.