May 26, 2007

Blueboy, a band whose records I always tried to find and never could...

I have this depressing idea that now they may reappear somehow, under such sad circumstances.

The lead singer was, at least according to an interview in the biography section here, not gay...though I do find the obituary notices a bit vague in this regard (does one normally say partner for a straight person? I rarely see that...and one usually at least gets some hint of gender problematic as that binary model may be...)

Text of notice follows...

Dear Friends,

It is with immense sadness that I have to inform you that my dearest friend Keith Girdler died on May 15th 2007. Keith passed away peacefully after a recent deterioration in his condition - he was diagnosed with cancer in July 2004.

Keith was a truly special person and I know that many people will hold very fond memories of their time spent in his company. Keith is survived by his partner, his siblings and their families. We are all devastated at the tragic loss of Keith and we will miss him enormously.

Keith was known to many as the singer in Blueboy - a brilliant band who are still seen as influential many years since they last released a record. He was a gifted songwriter and he had a beautiful voice.

I considered Keith to be not only my best friend but an amazingly talented person. It was a huge privilege to know him.

Despite continuing to release records with his other groups Arabesque, Beaumont, Lovejoy and The Snowdrops, Keith's focus shifted away from music in recent years.

He enjoyed a successful career, first by training as a qualified social worker and then developing a skilled role as Volunteer Services Manager for Age Concern Eastbourne. He was passionate about his work and the need to stand up for some of the most vulnerable elderly people in our society. Keith was extremely brave and he continued in his work for as long as possible during his illness. I know that Keith was very highly regarded by his colleagues and the people for whom he provided care and support in his work. He was a selfless and gentle person who genuinely affected everyone he knew with his warmth, kindness, humility and humour.Keith wanted to be remembered, to use his own words, with 'happiness and smiles' - which for those of us fortunate enough to have known him, will come all too easily despite our grief.

Words cannot really come close to describing the feelings we have about Keith. However, I know that many people will want to express their sorrow at this news and their sympathy to his family and friends.

If you would like to send a message of condolence, or share your memories of Keith, please send an email to

Messages and tributes to Keith will be published online in the near future, when a suitable web location has been established.

Richard Preece May 22 2007

RIP, Mr. Girdler (now I'll have to listen to that single I have with a Snowdrops song on it, another of his bands...)

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