Book of Celebration

We’re aware that some people cannot make it to the memorial service in Liverpool. We have set up this online book of celebration to give anyone a chance to share their memories of Colin and his music, along with any messages for the family.

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  • Anne from London wrote on 18 February 2016 at 2:43 pm:
    The most touching words were found in your songs. I'm so happy that I finally spoke to you in Bagshot last year.

    Natalie from London wrote on 18 February 2016 at 2:43 pm:
    Col, still devastated to know you are gone. I have listened to your music for 30 years and had the privilege to meet you several times - you remain a true gent and a master songman. Goodnight xxx

    Paul Rendel from Manchester wrote on 18 February 2016 at 2:41 pm:
    "Is life a boon? If so it must befall, that death when'ere it call....must call too soon"
    Our family will be at the service on Friday but I just wanted to say how much we miss Colin. He was my Bowie.

    Paul, Linsey and Alice (age 8) xxx

    Gordon Bonser from Nottingham wrote on 18 February 2016 at 2:41 pm:
    Thank you for the music. Long may it play on...God bless Colin, Gord x

    Michael from Wuppertal wrote on 18 February 2016 at 2:40 pm:
    Thanks for the wonderful music you gave us, you are sadly missed.
    Farewell Colin!

    Ian Stubbs from Gloucester wrote on 18 February 2016 at 2:35 pm:
    Back in 1987 I bought your album for my girlfriend. We've now been married over 25 years and still your music stays with us. You are sorely missed. R.I.P.

    Robert from Glasgow wrote on 18 February 2016 at 2:31 pm:
    I have been listening to your music for many years. You had a wonderful gift and a voice that can only be described as velvet. You will be missed by many and may God comfort and console us all, especially your family and friends.

    Lorenzo Acanfora from London wrote on 18 February 2016 at 2:30 pm:
    Do you realize?, that you have the most beautiful face
    Do you realize?, we're floating in space,
    Do you realize?, that happiness makes you cry
    Do you realize?, that everyone you know someday will die

    And instead of saying all of your goodbyes, let them know
    You realize that life goes fast
    It's hard to make the good things last
    You realize the sun doesn't go down
    It's just an illusion caused by the world spinning round .


    from Flaming Lips - Do You Realize

    Nick Hopkins wrote on 18 February 2016 at 2:25 pm:
    Colin's music has been an important part of my life for many years. He leaves behind so many wonderful songs and, while it is of little consolation at the moment, his final album is arguably his best.

    Andrew from Barnskey wrote on 18 February 2016 at 2:24 pm:
    I have had the pleasure of sharing my life in music with Colin. From first hearing sweetest smile, to Blind Faith your music and lyrics have aided me through my life''s journey. I always believed that your talent was vastly under rated and under appreciated. I had the pleasure of sharing a Guinea with you at The Boardwalk Sheffield in 2004 and take solice in the fact that I told you hoe much your music meant to me and thanks I gave for holding my hand through some highly emotional times in my life. Sleep well dear soul.

    Carole Young from Bellshill wrote on 18 February 2016 at 2:23 pm:
    Colin's music was a big part of my life, and will always be. I met you after the gig in Airdrie last year, what a lovely man. So sad to hear the tragic news, and love to you, your friends and family x

    Tatiana from Polop wrote on 18 February 2016 at 2:22 pm:
    Without words!Only saying that thanks to Black this is a wonderful world

    paul sadd from ipswich wrote on 18 February 2016 at 2:22 pm:
    Bought 'Hey Presto' all those years ago, been a fan ever since. 'Paradise' was the first song I danced to with my wife and Colin played this as a request at a show in Haverhill. My wife had flu and couldn't make it but no matter, Colin had a chat with her on my mobile on stage after the song. A lovely guy.RIP

    MARGARET POTTS from WIGAN wrote on 18 February 2016 at 2:21 pm:
    Colin and his music will never be forgotten.RIP.
    Sending my sympathy to Colin's family

    Thomas from Sydney wrote on 18 February 2016 at 2:20 pm:
    Although I never physically met Colin, his music and lyrics especially got me through a pretty rocky upbringing growing up.

    I could identify with his lyrics and sometimes different way of looking at situations.

    I've been an avid fan ever since his first incredible album. He's enhanced my life significantly.

    Thank you Colin

    Stuart Grant from Chester wrote on 18 February 2016 at 2:18 pm:
    Wonderful Life was one of my favourite albums at Uni in the 80s...a seminal collection and will always be on my playlist. Thanks for being part of my life, your music lives on.

    Dominic from Yogyakarta (Indonesia) wrote on 18 February 2016 at 2:16 pm:
    I'm French, and I've been a great fan of Colin since 'Wonderful Life". For sure Colin has gone too soon, but he'll remain, to me, a great, fine & sensitive artist. I was particularly impressed by his voice and fine melodies. His music will live on, here, in this part of the world where I settled twenty years ago. All my condolences to his family. RIP Colin.

    Mark from Carmarthen wrote on 18 February 2016 at 2:11 pm:
    Rest in peace'll never know how much you and your music will be missed x.

    Kelsey Boyce from Durban South Africa wrote on 18 February 2016 at 2:11 pm:
    "I feel like I'm standing before a bridge and about to draw the long breath..." - none of us knew how true your words would become - as you embarked on your next journey. Your music has been my friend for all my adult life. I got to know you only recently and what a fine person you turned out to be. Your last album was a triumph and I am so proud to have been able to help with it even just a little. You made this world better with your music and your artistry and we are so grateful. I wish your family everything of the best and hope that your music will comfort them in what must seem like their darker hour. Lots of love and Godspeed.

    Karsten from Kassel wrote on 18 February 2016 at 2:10 pm:
    I will always remember you. Your Musik will last forever. RIP Colin

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