Paul Townshend (right) with Pete Swift
|Born||15 September 1967|
|Died||25 May 2014(aged 46)|
|Education||Boston Grammar School (1979-1986)|
Paul Townshend (BGS 1979-86) died on 25 May 2014 following a long illness. His funeral was held on Friday, 6 June 2014 at Boston Crematorium.
By Pete Swift on Facebook
Sad to hear the passing yesterday of my old friend, Paul Townshend. Paul was in same class as me all through BGS and many an hour was spent talking music, football, girls, beer, cars, TV and just general shite, like young lads do, putting on daft voices. Many an hour was also spent playing snooker in various clubs (he was always better than me), often during free periods in sixth form!
Paul was my best man when I got married, organised the stag (when it was just a local pub crawl), got me to the church on time in his brown Toyota, told me it wasn't too late to change my mind and offered to take me to the pub instead (should've listened), delivered a great speech full of crap jokes and was just what a best man and best mate needed to be.
Since he was diagnosed with kidney failure in his mid-twenties, he has constantly striven to live his life to the full, married, had kids, went on holidays, got out and did things, bounced back from setback after setback.
Yesterday I lost a good friend, but his wife and sons lost a great husband and Dad. My thoughts, are with Rachel, James and David at this time.
Rest in peace bud.
Also by Pete Swift on Facebook
It's been a funny old day... Started by completing the journey from Dundee to Boston, baulked by several diversions from the A1 and round Newark, then wandering round Tesco and Asda at 1am.
Paul's funeral was sad, poignant and also uplifting to see the large number of people who had been part of his life packed into the service room. Tears were shed by most, laughter rang out too and I think that it was as good a send off as any I've seen. Wherever you are matey, mind the pink, duck and know that you've made so many lives better for your being part of it.