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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  • Valentina Zurawel from Chicago, Illinois wrote on 23 February 2016 at 11:35 pm:
    My deepest sympathies to the Vearncombe family. Colin Vearncombe was first a son, brother, husband, father and friend. He just happened to have an extraordinary talent with crafting such universally understood, heart tugging lyrics, along with hauntingly memorable melodies - as well as having a phenomenally attractive voice with which to deliver his compositions. I’m not going to go on and on about when, where and how I first heard Colin Vearncombe (Black then), all the associated memories, etc. etc. etc. None of that really matters anymore. None will miss this man more than his family and friends. Truly, truly am sorry for your loss. God Bless all of you and comfort you at this sad time.
    Jake Bickerton from Chelmsford wrote on 23 February 2016 at 9:56 pm:
    I've loved Colin's music from his WEA releases onwards, and, like many others, rank 'Black' (the third album proper) as a classic of its type. His early releases should have been hits and with B sides like Stephen and Liquid Dream and singles that pre-empted the arrival of The Smiths (Human Features), his output was inspiring and inspired. A truly underrated talent and a really really sad loss. RIP Colin.

    *In memory of Colin, I've created a compilation of almost two hours of brilliant Black tunes. Search YouTube for 'Black - unknown pleasures'. Enjoy.
    Wartinah from Netherlands wrote on 23 February 2016 at 5:55 pm:
    ByeColin.Strength to your family.
    Paul Q from Tramore wrote on 23 February 2016 at 4:21 pm:
    Colin had my ear ever since I heard the opening notes to Sweetest Smile all those years ago. He produced a truly great body of work over the last near 30 years and I always knew that each new release would bring more musical gems, I have them all. In November 2011 I had the great pleasure to stay in Grove House, Schull with my wife and attend one of his Sing for your Supper sessions. A brilliant night that will live long in my memory.

    As an aspiring writer of songs I have my song writing hero’s and Colin was one of those who I admired most. He will live on through the great music he made.

    Sleep Peacefully Colin!

    Paul Q.
    Republic of Ireland
    John MacKenna from Carlow, Ireland wrote on 23 February 2016 at 11:32 am:
    Thank you for the pleasure, the wonder, the beauty of your work
    Birgit from Mainz wrote on 23 February 2016 at 7:06 am:
    In November 2015 I had the chance to see and hear you live for the first time in my life. I will never Forget this evening. I was so happy and now I am so sad. I can't believe you are really gone. I think of your wife, your sons... We will always love your. Rest in Peace.
    Ian Simpson from Barnsley wrote on 22 February 2016 at 10:21 pm:
    When someone's music touches your soul it will always be there. Nothing will change that. Time will only confirm this. What a wonderful life Colin has left us. RIP.
    Andy Blackmore from Canada wrote on 22 February 2016 at 9:50 pm:
    RIP Colin.

    'Black' was my soundtrack in the late 80's in my late teens. A dark time for me where music was my escape. I have often said, I'm forever grateful for a number of artists including Black for getting me through so much back then and now I do have a Wonderful Life. I think I went through two cassettes and two vinyls of the first album in a couple of years!

    Rest in peace Colin, very much missed, but never forgotten.

    Thoughts are still very much with his family and friends.
    Michael from London wrote on 22 February 2016 at 8:32 pm:
    Colin wrote many songs that coloured my life and I am glad he lived, sad he is gone.
    Beata from POLSKA wrote on 22 February 2016 at 7:42 pm:
    When I heard Wonderful Life was almost at the age of Colin, and so are the years of my youth, to our country / Poland / start arriving in the World Closer recordings, videos and trivia.
    A very large audience, the program always associated with a Wonderful Life.
    I am sad and badly, so quickly ended the life of Colin
    /sorry for the mistakes/♥♥
    David from Manchester wrote on 22 February 2016 at 6:25 pm:
    Your music will always have a special place in our hearts.
    Spiro G. Kailas from Del Mar wrote on 22 February 2016 at 3:41 pm:
    May Colin's memory be eternal...Colin's music provided me with much comfort and enjoyment. May his family stay strong and get comfort from the fact that Colin provided so many people with joy listening to his music. A pure genius that will be tremendously missed by all! Spiro G. Kailas
    Anji from Caerphilly wrote on 22 February 2016 at 10:25 am:
    You touched my soul from the very first time I heard you music Colin. Your gift which waa sadly underrated,will live on in my heart for as long as I live. Sincere condolences to a beautiful man with a beautiful soul. "Life should never feel small".
    Molly Jenson from York wrote on 22 February 2016 at 9:43 am:
    So very sad to hear of Colin's tragic passing, his music and talent is endless and will never be forgotten, R.I.P Colin xx
    Claire from Kirriemuir wrote on 22 February 2016 at 8:01 am:
    Thanks for being there from my teenage years and helping me feel I wasn't alone in the world, to rediscovering you and your music a few years back and the absolute joy of seeing you play live twice. You will always be part of those your music touched. Thank you so much Colin, now you are at peace.
    Tina Sallis from Perth, Western Australia wrote on 22 February 2016 at 12:34 am:
    Was mesmerised by your performance in Liverpool in the 80's. You paid tribute to the families, victims and survivors of Hillsborough
    Jav from Brighouse, UK wrote on 21 February 2016 at 10:48 pm:
    I had the pleasure of meeting Colin a few times. Always made time and always a real gentleman.
    The memorial in Liverpool was a wonderful and emotional evening. My heart goes out to all Colin's family and friends. How his wife and son got through Fly Up To The Moon was a real credit. Had me in bits as did the closing rendition of You'll Never Walk Alone led by Garry Christian.
    Thanks for allowing us to attend, enjoy and shed tears at the memorial.
    Colin I will miss you but your music lives on. You had a voice from heaven and now you live there with the angels. Rest in peace mate
    Jill Trendell from Leicester and Cape Town wrote on 21 February 2016 at 10:32 pm:
    I feel priveleged to have discovered you and your musical poetry Colin. You gave us your talent and humility. Gone way too soon. At least I met you once. I feel for your loved ones and hope they get some comfort from the blanket of warmth demonstrated by his many fans. Wonderful Memories of a Wonderful Life. RIP
    Richard Collier from Stone, Staffs. wrote on 21 February 2016 at 7:36 pm:
    I was at school when Colin released the Wonderful Life album and it reflected my life at that time. Thank you Colin, you helped me with your music. Felt destroyed on learning your passing. Thank you for the music. I was listening to your albums on Friday night. God bless you.
    Andrew Adams from Dukinfield wrote on 21 February 2016 at 7:01 pm:
    Followed you from the start. You and your music will be missed. You were tired - now you're gone.
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