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Old 23rd January 2014, 22:20   #21
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Just shocked at this news. We were wanting to meet up at a Warks/Yorks game eventually, but our schedules never matched. Now they never will.

Jonathan Trott has lost his biggest advocate. RIP Kim.
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Old 23rd January 2014, 22:35   #22
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[quote=Minor Maggie;613275]Perhaps we should find some of our favourite Kim posts and share them here?[/quote]
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Old 23rd January 2014, 23:06   #23
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Old 23rd January 2014, 23:07   #24
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Very sad news. I was wondering why he didn't comment on Rankin's debut.
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Old 24th January 2014, 02:01   #25
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I am really shaken by this sad news as I didn't know kim was ill. I did know he was younger than me.

I first met Kim at a Northants v sussex game in division two. Although Kim was a Warwickshire man he was often at sussex games and I realised Kim was really a cricket man.he was a prolific poster everywhere and was always a sound opinion. He will be sadly missed by all of us.
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Old 24th January 2014, 03:42   #26
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RIP Kim!
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Old 24th January 2014, 06:50   #27
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Had no idea about this. Very sad indeed. RIP mate! His posts always brought a smile. I know chin and GBG always mentioned him in the highest regard as I believe they met him a few times.
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Old 24th January 2014, 07:35   #28
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Like many it's the first time I will genuinely mourn someone I've never met. But I did feel that I knew him through PMs and a shared interest in cricket writing. I've contacted George Dobell to see if I can find out more about what happened and whether there is some sort of tribute we can join in with. I know he supported a number of good causes outside of cricket.

In the meantime, yes, let's celebrate his online life with the best of Kim.
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Old 24th January 2014, 08:35   #29
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Again, though I never met Kim he very kindly invited me to contribute some articles to Spin magazine, and also took the trouble to PM me on here with cricketing gossip. RIP.
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Old 24th January 2014, 08:41   #30
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I don't know what to say, I'm so shocked. Did anyone have any idea he was ill? Very very sad. RIP Kim.
I thought he was unusually quiet on here during the first part of the Ashes but then he seemed to pick up again so I stopped being worried. This is just so sad, it's nice that he had so many friends he met outside of the forum who can share with us memories of what he was like in person. He did come across as a genuinely warm bloke so it's good to hear that he was the same in real life. I feel for his family. RIP.
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Old 24th January 2014, 11:56   #31
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I don't know what to say, I'm so shocked. Did anyone have any idea he was ill? Very very sad. RIP Kim.
He only found out himself that he was seriously ill a couple weeks a go but he had been ignoring it before. I didn't think it would be quite so sudden. Really upset. Such a great guy who has clearly connected with many of us emotionally and helped us out. We'll all miss him.
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Old 24th January 2014, 13:44   #32
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I expect the loss we are feeling on here is being replicated on Warwickshire messageboards, West Ham messageboards, Scottie Dog messageboards, twitter, SPIN and numerous other places that we didn't know about because Kim was a man (despite the name!) of many hidden depths and interests and he'll have taken the time to befriend and mentor many others. I suspect I'm one of many whose inbox on here (and it'll be a similar story I'm sure in those places we don't know about) consists primarily of Kim PMs: encouraging us, tipping us off with little snippets and laughing at himself.

I had the privilege to meet him on a couple of occasions and he was the exception to the rule that you should never meet your heroes as he was every bit as genuine and warm as his internet persona. He led a fantastic and full life which never ceased to amaze me at how much he packed in. Not that he'd ever boast about it, rather it would be prised out in conversation. He'd lived on at least three different continents - I wouldn't be surprised if it was more - trained as a lawyer, become a Mad Men style advertising executive in the US, then a publishing mogul(!) with SPIN as he chased and lived his dreams. And I'm pretty sure that only touched on the surface.

As England fans we've experienced a lot of losses this winter, but all pale into insignificance to the one that means we'll be reading Kim's obituary and not his autobiography.

RIP Kim and thank you for the memories.
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Old 24th January 2014, 15:58   #33
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Shocked to read this. RIP.

One of the most humble person i came across on internet.That behavior will always be remembered.
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Old 24th January 2014, 16:28   #34
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Old 24th January 2014, 19:43   #35
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Like many it's the first time I will genuinely mourn someone I've never met. But I did feel that I knew him through PMs and a shared interest in cricket writing. I've contacted George Dobell to see if I can find out more about what happened and whether there is some sort of tribute we can join in with. I know he supported a number of good causes outside of cricket.

In the meantime, yes, let's celebrate his online life with the best of Kim.
I like many would like to know more. I hadn't realised he owned SPIN magazine. Would his link with SPIN and love of cricket permit him a fitting tribute in Wisden 2014?
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Old 25th January 2014, 08:52   #36
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Just a general point, I think there are likely to be some suggestions re donations, etc with the funeral arrangements. I (or someone else if they hear first) will let this board know if the case. I imagine this will be Monday or Tuesday

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Old 25th January 2014, 09:53   #37
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RIP Kim, like others have said even though I never met him I feel genuinely gutted by this

He came across as a real gent and was really willing to help when I sent him a PM for a little bit of advise.
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Old 25th January 2014, 16:28   #38
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Old 25th January 2014, 16:40   #39
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and a message from Kim's wife Alison (and George Dobell) which she wanted to be posted on all his messageboards

Kim’s wife, Alison, has asked me to post a message and a poem to thank everyone for their kind words. I’d be grateful if someone else could post it on the Sussex, Worcestershire and 24/7 boards. I’m not registered. Please explain that we won’t be able to reply, either. Maybe in a while when things are a little less raw. But not for now, sorry.

Kim died peacefully at home, surrounded by his family and his dogs. While the speed of the illness was brutal - he had little more than a week after confirmation that there was nothing that could be done - it did allow him the chance to say goodbye and ensure that there was no prolonged suffering. He said only a few days ago that he would feel he had "beaten the system" if he could avoid hospitals and hospices and any of the horrible indignities that so often accompany death.

In his last hours, he listened to coverage of the Big Bash from Australia and drifted to sleep. Hobart was the home town of Alison for a couple of years a while ago, so he was pleased that the Hurricanes won. He died pretty much as he lived: on his own terms, with dignity, with a smile on his face but thinking of other people. He did it his way.

In that last week, we were fortunate to be able to give Kim a couple of albums worth of memories and messages from his friends. Among them was a beautiful hand-written letter from Jonathan Trott and a series of other warm tributes from some of those he met on-line, some of those who were lucky enough to work with him and a selection of friends old and new. It’s probably right that the contents of those messages remains private, but they reflected particularly well on the supporters and employees of Sussex and Warwickshire CCCs.

Most of all, though, they reflected well on Kim. Anyone who elicits such warmth, such love and such gratitude can reflect with pride on a life well led. The messages brought reassurance and happiness in trying times and, as he put it: “in my darkest days… spread sunshine upon me.” He was, you’ll note, an eloquent fellow right to the end.

He didn’t lose his sense of humour, either. He decided that I was to deliver his eulogy in a ridiculous teddy-boy jacket once owned by the lead singer of Showaddywaddy and bought (for a fortune) at a charity auction where I vaguely recall us not being absolutely sober.

There was a theme in many of the messages: thanks for his support; his guidance; his calm good humour. He was credited for nurturing relationships that led to marriage, careers that blossomed and words of encouragement and kindness delivered at just the right time that helped many a friend make it through a tough episode or choose the correct turn at some crossroads or other. He was the best of friends in the worst of times.

Certainly his impact on my life has been immense. I have two notes from him pinned above my desk as I write every day. Without his belief and encouragement, there is no way I would be doing what I’m doing now either privately or professionally. It’s a debt that can’t be repaid. Like everyone else, I guess, I feel lucky to have known him and proud to have had him as a friend.

Kim’s funeral will take place at Wrexham Crematorium at 1.30pm on Feb 10. All are very welcome.

We will, over the next few days, advise of a charity for those who want to make donations in his memory. He did whisper something about me running a marathon to raise money for Scottish Terriers with hay-fever or something, but I like to think he was joking. Please do not send flowers.

Alison says:

I truly want to thank everyone for their kind words about my amazing husband.

They say that cricket is a game for gentlemen. Kim was a gentle man of the highest order. He loved the game, adored the banter online and will be watching the Bears, arriving on time for every match.

With love and true appreciation,

Mrs Kim.

I shall play cricket in heaven
in return for the afternoons
gladly given to the other
pleasure of others' leisure.
I shall walk, without haste, to the wicket
and nod to the angels kitted
in their whites waiting to discern
the kind of batspirit I am.
And one stroke in heaven, one dream
of a cover drive will redeem
every meeting of bat
and ball I've done without.
And I'll bowl too, come on to bowl
leg-breaks with such control
of flight and slight changes of pace
that one over will efface
the faint regret I now feel.
But best of all I shall field:
alert in the heavenly deep,
beyond the boundary of sleep.

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Old 25th January 2014, 17:41   #40
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Thank you for posting this, sweaty. Cricket is poorer for his passing and even though I only knew him on passing through a few MBs he was one poster I respected above all for his knowledge and love of the game.
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