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« on: June 29, 2018, 03:01:10 pm »

Ken has been the backbone of this site almost since its inception. He has been a personal friend for a long time and I have met him on many occasions. We had many differences during this time but always resolved them.

Recently I visited Ken at his home, after he informed me of his failing health. He was in good spirits despite everything although quite frail.

Since that time he has had a nasty fall at home and been admitted to Lewisham hospital near his home.
At the moment he is very poorly and I know everyone will wish him all the best.

More news on his condition will be advised as soon as I have it.
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« Reply #1 on: June 29, 2018, 04:25:00 pm »

All the best from me also Derek
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« Reply #2 on: June 29, 2018, 04:37:10 pm »

And the very best for Ken from me Derek.


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« Reply #3 on: June 29, 2018, 05:19:43 pm »

Get well soon Ken from a fellow Thames spotter

All the very best

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« Reply #4 on: June 29, 2018, 05:30:56 pm »

Unfortunately not good news. Lewisham hospital advise he has max 48 hrs.
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« Reply #5 on: June 29, 2018, 06:13:53 pm »

Lets hope for the best, met Ken on a couple of occasions at Gravesend. Good company.
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« Reply #6 on: June 29, 2018, 07:54:38 pm »

Thank you Geoff and, especially Derek, even though this is sombre news.
I have never met Ken and have not known hime for very many years.  One thing, though, is abundantly clear: he loved this site and worked hard incessantly to make it better, as he saw it.  He left big shoes (or, should one say, a big armchair) to fill.

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« Reply #7 on: June 29, 2018, 08:36:01 pm »

My most sincere wishes for a quick improvement of Ken, and to return with us to continue seeing and commenting on our photos.

Regards

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« Reply #8 on: June 29, 2018, 10:03:56 pm »

Very sad, I myself have never meet Ken, but have exchanged emails with him given me support and advice about the site thank you very much Ken you will be sadly missed.   
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« Reply #9 on: June 29, 2018, 10:37:34 pm »

All the best for Ken. Get well very soon!

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« Reply #10 on: June 29, 2018, 11:29:55 pm »

Best wishes for a speedy recovery.
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« Reply #11 on: June 30, 2018, 02:22:49 am »

Hoping that the next news about our dear friend Ken will be a positive one.Though I have never met Ken, we exchanged various emails ,he was always enquiring about my health and when my son had an accident ,he was always enquiring about his progress. Ken is a true gentleman of the old kind, always there to help, give good advice and for these I and lots of others thank him.
Fight on dear friend.
best regards to a recovery
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« Reply #12 on: June 30, 2018, 07:49:15 am »

I too would like to wish Ken a speedy recovery and hope he gets well soon!

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« Reply #13 on: June 30, 2018, 08:01:19 am »

Had a phone call this morning ,about Ken,saying he is not in so much pain,and are not expecting any thing to happen over the weekend,and they may move him to a hospice at some stage.Regards Photoboy
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« Reply #14 on: June 30, 2018, 08:35:39 am »

Hold on strong, Ken!

There are still many ships out there awaiting to be caught on camera by you. And there are thousands of us at Shipspotting awaiting to see your next batch of excellent shipping photography!

All the best, Ken. Get well very soon!

Keeping my fingers crossed for you, my webfriend!

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