Thank you, on behalf of Del Boy

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Gav33

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My thoughts are with you and your family. It's nice to hear what SAFC means to people and also what this board means.
 

Travis

Striker
Great post Neil, nice to hear more about the man behind the keyboard. His posts always interested me because it was clear how much the club meant to him and how much he had seen in regards to the history of SAFC. Sounded like a special man, keep the nice thoughts always.
 

hullmackem

Striker
NeilP said:
I’m not sure what to say. The messages from everyone about my dad Del Boy, sometimes known by his real name of Derek on the few occasions he wasn’t here were overwhelming.

I had planned to let you know about his passing anyway, but I was beaten to it. I hope it doesn’t seem like I’m trying to ‘milk the applause’ but I really did plan to let you all know about what it meant to dad as an exile, to have a forum like this which enabled him to still feel part of something which he held so dear.

Earlier this week when it was clear to us that dad was going to die, his partner Christine and I were talking, and she made a comment that the house would be very quiet without the constant tapping of dad’s keyboard, and she asked me to post something funny about him, she said he’d like that. I can’t for the life of me think of anything funny, but I’d like to tell you a little bit about him. There’s no need for replies, you’ve all said such wonderful things already and Christine has seen what people think of him. Please believe me when I say it helps us all more than you can imagine.

Derek was born in Pallion in 1933. The son of a miner who in turn was the son of miner who in turn was the s…….. keep going until you’re bored. Dad also began his working life down the pit, but was determined to better himself and so pushed himself through nightschool, gaining qualifications in electrical engineering and later electronic engineering. His determination to succeed meant that my brother and I were the first males in our family who didn’t have to do that kind of work. He was proud of that, and I’m immensely proud of him for that too.

His career eventually (following the divorce from my mother) led to him moving to Newbury about 20ish years ago to take up a directorship in what was to become a successful electronics company. He missed ‘home’ terribly. He hated not being able to go to games, although he did go to away games when he could, with the occasional trip to Sunderland. His love for Sunderland football club remained undiminished, and I remember clearly him telling me about this place, a place he’d found on the internet where he could mix with fellow fans and feel at home.

In recent years dad’s health deteriorated quite badly, they discovered that he had a hole in his heart, and also peritonitis. This week he developed septicemia and cellulitus, leading to kidney failure. He’d always been a really active man, golf was his 2nd love after safc and he was made senior captain of his club. He never smoked, didn’t drink much, ate healthily and generally looked after himself. Despite this his recent health problems meant that he was pretty much unable to do very much at all, but his dream was to move closer to home so he could see his children more often, and actually regularly come to the SOL on matchday. He finally achieved that goal six weeks ago, and made it to one game against Sheff Utd. I feel like screaming that he only had one game. Life just isn’t fair sometimes, although he’d clip me round the ear for complaining.

This week while he was drifting away, my brother, two sisters, Christine and I, were obviously devastated. Each hour that brought his death closer broke our hearts a little more, but I was able to get through it because of a trick my wife told me. She told me to choose a moment where he was happy, put that image into my mind, and bloody well keep it there no matter what. Some of you may remember that he was a champion of Kevin Kyle. He liked the lad, loved his commitment and was desperate for him to succeed. My ‘happy picture’ is my dad’s reaction to Kyle’s goal against Sheffield. I turned to see dad on his feet (not easy for him although he beat me up there) with his fists raised in absolute triumph, his face shining with shear pleasure. I’m starting to break down a little bit typing this, but that image brings me back every time.

I’m so grateful for the kindness you’ve all shown, but the point of this is to thank you on behalf of Del Boy for giving him so much pleasure for the last three years. You all really made a difference to the quality of his life.
Many condolences mate, I feel for you. The RTG board is a lesser place now he has gone.
 
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PoshMackem

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I have not posted as myself on here for donkeys years but that post moved me a great deal and I just had to respond.

Del will be sadly missed on here and obviously by his family, but I have to say, what a way to go, cheering your beloved lads right til the end.

Deepest respect.
 
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Black Cat Babe

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Its never easy losing someone you love so much, I lost my dad about 12 years ago, he was only 42 but had loved Sunderland for as long as he could remember. Your wife and my mam obviously went to the same school of thought, my mam gave me similar advice about holding a memory, of course that memory is about him supporting the lads.

I still have that memory now, I still cry for my dad, but more often than not I smile and chuckle a little thinking about him at the back of the Fulwell shouting the lads on or in the Victory club before the match, enjoying the craic.

It's crap, it's a cliche, but it's the truth... you'll never forget the hurt you feel but in time you will smile more than you cry.

Love
BCBx
 
Black Cat Babe said:
Its never easy losing someone you love so much, I lost my dad about 12 years ago, he was only 42 but had loved Sunderland for as long as he could remember. Your wife and my mam obviously went to the same school of thought, my mam gave me similar advice about holding a memory, of course that memory is about him supporting the lads.

I still have that memory now, I still cry for my dad, but more often than not I smile and chuckle a little thinking about him at the back of the Fulwell shouting the lads on or in the Victory club before the match, enjoying the craic.

It's crap, it's a cliche, but it's the truth... you'll never forget the hurt you feel but in time you will smile more than you cry.

Love
BCBx
BCB - couldn't agree more - I lost my dad when I was 11 (29 years ago)but still cherish the memories I have - he was Sunderland daft as well.
 
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PHOGGMONSTER

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Respect Neil, best post I have read on this board bar none. It looks like you may have inherited your dad's excellent use of the English language (and dare I say it his sense of humour).

R.I.P. Del...........
 

ozmackem

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Thats the first post I've read on the net that has brought a tear to my eyes.
Your dad would be proud for saying it straight from the heart mate.
Condolences again and God bless... :|
 
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Martian

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It all makes this board seem very worthwhile.

Thanks for sharing those experiences with us all.
 

Scorer

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I just want to add my condolences, I always enjoyed Delboys posts and will genuinely miss his contributions. I'm sorry he didn't get to more games after moving closer to home but delighted that he did at least get to one and chuffed that he should have seen Kyle take his goal so well.
Hopefully over the next few years we'll all have plenty of reason to think about him celebrating!
 
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mancmackem

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Can't really say anything more than what has been said already... Your dad's post always stood out to me too...

My thoughts are with you and your family... and will be forever with your Dad whenever Kyle bags a goal from now on.

RIP Del Boy
 
K

Krefeld exile

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Sorry to hear the bad news Neil. My deepest sympathies to you and your family.

He'll be missed by not only those who knew him but also those ( like me ) who had the pleasure of reading his posts over the past few years.
His passing is a sad day for everyone who loves SAFC.
 
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Deleted member 611

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Its taken me about 4 attempts to read this post / thread in its entirety - just kept bursting into tears when I tried (just noticed the sticky as Ive been away for a few days), even though I never knew the bloke.

But I do remember very clearly his sense of optimism which shone through his posts, and, like every other person on here, I will miss it greatly. I was agreeing with every word he said in what turned out to be his last ever thread just a few days ago for that reason. If Id known then how ill he was, Id only have been more impressed.

Thoughts with you, Neil, and all his family and friends.
 

NeilP

Midfield
It's now exactly one week since he died. It's time for this post to end I think, Streaker, I'd be really grateful if you'd give this just a little while for people to read my heartfelt thanks to them, then let it go.

To everyone who's thought of dad this week, particularly those wonderful people who troubled themselves to write something, you'll never know what it meant.

My entire family have popped onto the boards throughout this week, coming to see if it's true what I told them. That there are people all over the world who thought enough of dad to pay tribute to his contributions here, and to the person they came to know, even though they knew him only through typed words. It's been unbelievable and has helped us through this.

If anyone ever tells you that a little kindness doesn't make a difference, tell them they're wrong. I have a feeling that there's one old sunderland fan, wherever it is that old sunderland fans go, feeling as proud as punch.

Thank you so much.

Neil
 
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