Book of Celebration

We’re aware that some people could not make it to the memorial service in Liverpool. We 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.

We have now closed the Book of Celebration to new entries, but all previous entries remain below to view. 



589 entries.
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.
Jono from Berkhamsted wrote on 21 February 2016 at 3:42 pm:
My favourite songs from your early career..Hey Presto and a classic track Stephen.
My life soundtrack,my favorite moments and the common denominator was "Black"
Sleep Well..It was a wonderful life.
Ed de Groot from Oosterhout (NB), Netherlands wrote on 21 February 2016 at 12:45 pm:
Absolutely shocked by the passing of Colin. Loved his music since the 8o's en been following him since then.
Every record he made, i bought it. His writing, his singing, his playing, all fantastic.
Visited one gig, in Paradiso Amsterdam in 2012. Overwhelming, such a wonderful night with a wonderful person. What a voice !

Will miss him truly, though i will be listening to his songs over and over again. Stormy waters, Water on snow, Surrender, From Russia with love etc. etc.

My heart goes out to his family and friends.

Thanks Colin. RIP.

Love from The Netherlands,
Alex from Arbroath wrote on 21 February 2016 at 12:44 pm:
Saw Colin in April last year. My first ever live music event. Blown away by his musical talent
Kevin morgan from Birmingham wrote on 21 February 2016 at 12:34 pm:
Colin, you have been in my life ever since I first heard sweetest smile all those years ago, your music has been my friend to this day and always, it was a real honour to meet and speak to you last year, so warm and likeable, you will never be forgotten, your beautiful music will live on, thank you for being in our lives x
Christine from Newcastle under Lyme wrote on 21 February 2016 at 11:36 am:
Rest in Peace dear Colin, and know that your music meant so much to so
Edwinne from Ghent wrote on 21 February 2016 at 9:16 am:
Dear Family and friends of Colin. His passing has been very emotional to me. He was a part of my youth and his music never left my life. And rest assure, I will keep on enjoying his music. Thanks for sharing your talent with us, Colin. Rest in peace.
Simon Hill wrote on 21 February 2016 at 9:09 am:
Dear Colin, your music has a deep and meaningful place in my heart, always. Sleep well my friend
Milan Matavulj from Belgrade wrote on 21 February 2016 at 12:24 am:
When my brother and I bought Wonderful life LP on local antique market, we'd been listening to it for days. It had absolutely touched me and had changed me from inside. From that moment we knew that music and art should be our life choice. Thank you for that Mr. Vearncombe. We pray for you, and think about you every time we hear your songs. You are not walking alone and you never will!
Steve Cummins from Ellesmere Port wrote on 21 February 2016 at 12:07 am:
Thanks Colin for giving us so many memorable songs, your smooth silky & warmly haunting tones will never be replicated. Saw Colin on a few occasions, each time his presence graced the room, and his music never sounded better. The world has lost a wonderful person, let the music live on, god bless
Tracey from Kuala Lumpur wrote on 20 February 2016 at 11:40 pm:
Such a tragic loss 🙁 Sweet Breath of Your Rapture and Wonderful Life featured in my wedding video in 1992 so Colin's music has been a big part of my life. My heart goes out to his family. x
Karen Wootton from Leicester wrote on 20 February 2016 at 11:30 pm:
The stars that shine the brightest,burn out too soon.
I still have the ted wrist band with the word 'listen' on it that you gave me in October 2010.
A beautiful memorial service yesterday.
Never forgotten.
Neil Hart from Chislehurst wrote on 20 February 2016 at 11:00 pm:
One of this country's greatest and most enduring contemporary songwriters - at once insightful and poetic, touching and melodic - and let's not forget, often so incredibly witty! Tremendous admiration for his talent, which should have been much more widely appreciated beyond (the albeit classic) 'Wonderful Life'. Perhaps a long-overdue tribute album from more well-known artists might finally help put this right. Either way, thoughts forever with his family and friends while we comfort ourselves with his music. RIP and Bon Voyage Colin aka Black as you 'Fly Up To The Moon'.
STEPHANE GUILLON from STRASBOURG - FRANCE wrote on 20 February 2016 at 9:54 pm:
Dear Colin. You will never be forgotten. You have been loved. Deep thanks for all.
Ana from Palma wrote on 20 February 2016 at 9:37 pm:
Your music touched my heart when I needed it the most. And your death broke it with the same power. You will never be forgotten x