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Gareth Thomas 1945 - 2016
Decima
What a lovely tribute to an extraordinary man this thread has become.

I was fortunate enough to have not only met him as a fan but also professionally when I worked on the ‘Making of Blakes 7’ DVD extras. When we came to do his interview the studio facilities were, shall we say, functional but hardly salubrious. Not a word of complaint from Gareth. He just got on with the job, with a smile and good grace. It was also heartening to see him and Michael (who was filming the same day as Gareth) reminiscing about the show in the ‘green room’. There was no bitterness about lack of budget or wobbly sets or any of that nonsense, just fond memories of a show they were once both in.

I was also lucky enough to be one of those who went to see Gareth in Cadfael. He was, as ever, excellent as Brother Cadfael, a part he had always wanted to play. He was obviously exhausted by his performance, but he still came out to have a chat with us afterwards, before returning to his dressing room to prepare to do it all over again that evening.

Gareth Thomas was a man who was genuinely dedicated to his chosen profession and his audience, and I will add my name to the long list of people on this forum who will truly miss him.
 
Travisina
Writing the club's official obituary to Gareth left me too drained to add a personal tribute of my own last week. Now I just want to share one story that, to me, typifies the kind of person he was.

In 1989, the Supreme Commander and I were on our way to an American convention, and Gareth was on the same flight. Back then, there were Smoking and No-Smoking sections of the plane. It was a stupid system that never really worked. Our non-smoking seats were one row behind the smokers, so we may have been sitting next to them. I was able to put up with it, but Diane - allergic to cigarettes at the best of times - was pregnant with Daughter No.2, and feeling really ill.

Gareth was sitting in Club Class - he had booked an economy seat, but the check-in clerk had recognised him and given him an upgrade. After take-off, he came back to say hello to us. When he saw Diane's predicament, he insisted on giving up his seat for her, so she could have a comfortable, non-smoking place in Club Class. He came and sat next to me, but as he was sitting down, managed to spill his glass of lemonade over me, and I spent the next five hours in slowly-drying stickiness. Gareth was terribly apologetic, but I said that it didn't matter - he had done such a kind thing for Diane. The lemonade had also spilled on the book I was reading - Tanith Lee's Kill The Dead - that I'd planned to ask Paul Darrow to sign. I joked, "Autographed by Paul, and water-graphed by you!"

My mother lives overseas, and has never seen Blake's 7, but when I told her that Gareth had passed away she said: "Isn't he the one who spilled coca cola over you on a plane?"

"It was lemonade," I said, "but fancy you remembering that - it was more than 25 years ago!"

"Ah," she said, "he seemed like such a nice chap."
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dragonq
That is a very nice story. Although I never met Gareth Thomas, he is coming across in all these anecdotes as a very decent, kind man.
 
Lurena
Oh Travisina, isn't that a precious story. Bless his kind soul and bless you; thank you for sharing.
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meegat39
Thank you for sharing that story Travisina, it's lovely! And for writing the obituary. For some reason I thought Diane had wrote it. It really is a thoughtful and detailed piece
With many precious stories in it. A wonderful tribute.
"If you didn't want the answer, you shouldn't have asked the question."
 
littlesue
I'm still feeling so very numb.
Today is my first day of not actually going off to work in the afternoon and I should be jumping for joy; getting on finishing and uploading the fan fiction for this month.
But I just can't seem to do it.
You'd think at my age such passing of old 'friends' would not have such an affect, but it does.
Maybe in a few more days I can get myself together and finish the writing, but for some unknown reason I can't 'hear' Blake's voice in my head anymore...
Cold.....you don't know the meaning of cold.
Cold is when you have ice on the INSIDE of the window!!!


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sues youtube channel http://www.youtub...e54/videos
sues book shelf https://www.media...ne%20Shelf
rebel run video http://www.youtub...prqS-XZtLo
Lara and Sue's Stories http://lectorisal....webs.com/
 
Anniew
Not till power is back with the ..... Honest man". Now there you underestimate yourself. I have always trusted you Avon from the very beginning. You took your time. Oh it wasn't on Earth where I got this Tarrant.



Big hugs Sue!
Just because I can't sing doesn't mean I won't.
 
Anniew
And Travisina, that's a lovely memory. What a difficult week it's been for you all. Hugs.
Just because I can't sing doesn't mean I won't.
 
littlesue
Anniew wrote:

Not till power is back with the ..... Honest man". Now there you underestimate yourself. I have always trusted you Avon from the very beginning. You took your time. Oh it wasn't on Earth where I got this Tarrant.



Big hugs Sue!


Thank you Annie.
I've just emailed Mat Irvine this morning and suggested that maybe at this years Smallspace they could have a little B7 area where us fans could gather and remember Gareth.
He replied so very quickly that once the other show that he is doing is finished, he and his friend Paul will work something out. Even Mat said that Gareth's passing seems to be a great deal more so than when David and Peter passed on.
Cold.....you don't know the meaning of cold.
Cold is when you have ice on the INSIDE of the window!!!


sues stories http://sjlittle.w...
sues youtube channel http://www.youtub...e54/videos
sues book shelf https://www.media...ne%20Shelf
rebel run video http://www.youtub...prqS-XZtLo
Lara and Sue's Stories http://lectorisal....webs.com/
 
Mistletoe12
littlesue wrote:

I'm still feeling so very numb.
Today is my first day of not actually going off to work in the afternoon and I should be jumping for joy; getting on finishing and uploading the fan fiction for this month.
But I just can't seem to do it.
You'd think at my age such passing of old 'friends' would not have such an affect, but it does.
Maybe in a few more days I can get myself together and finish the writing, but for some unknown reason I can't 'hear' Blake's voice in my head anymore...



Oh, Sue! You'll hear his 'voice' soon! (sending you a warm hug) Do anything today that helps you feel good.

And Travisina: Thank you for sharing this memory - it simply sums up the man perfectly.

I think I'm already doing what I always do with the 'greats' we have lost: because their lives and careers will always be in circulation, it's easier to believe they are still here with us too.
 
trevor travis
littlesue wrote:

I'm still feeling so very numb.
Today is my first day of not actually going off to work in the afternoon and I should be jumping for joy; getting on finishing and uploading the fan fiction for this month.
But I just can't seem to do it.
You'd think at my age such passing of old 'friends' would not have such an affect, but it does.
Maybe in a few more days I can get myself together and finish the writing, but for some unknown reason I can't 'hear' Blake's voice in my head anymore...


Sue, aw bless... I hope you'll join in with 'Group Hug' rewatch tomorrow.
 
clanger68
Sue, always hear his voice, sad though it is right now, that is how we keep them alive in our memory, and in Gareth's case what a voice to hear.

Travisina, wow, that just shows the measure of the man doesn't it.

I was talking to someone at work today, a 'non fan' (who doesn't know I'm a fan either), who mentioned to me that he had heard that Gareth Thomas, the chap from Blake's 7 had passed away, I asked him where he heard that and apparently Radio 2 reported it quite extensively last week, which is nice.

We got talking about other things he had done and I recounted how shocked I was by the closing scenes of Morgan's Boy, which haunted me for ages after.

I realised it is a pretty similar feeling now.


- Andy
Edited by clanger68 on 18 April 2016 14:11:05
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trevor travis
Travisina wrote:

Writing the club's official obituary to Gareth left me too drained to add a personal tribute of my own last week. Now I just want to share one story that, to me, typifies the kind of person he was.

In 1989, the Supreme Commander and I were on our way to an American convention, and Gareth was on the same flight. Back then, there were Smoking and No-Smoking sections of the plane. It was a stupid system that never really worked. Our non-smoking seats were one row behind the smokers, so we may have been sitting next to them. I was able to put up with it, but Diane - allergic to cigarettes at the best of times - was pregnant with Daughter No.2, and feeling really ill.

Gareth was sitting in Club Class - he had booked an economy seat, but the check-in clerk had recognised him and given him an upgrade. After take-off, he came back to say hello to us. When he saw Diane's predicament, he insisted on giving up his seat for her, so she could have a comfortable, non-smoking place in Club Class. He came and sat next to me, but as he was sitting down, managed to spill his glass of lemonade over me, and I spent the next five hours in slowly-drying stickiness. Gareth was terribly apologetic, but I said that it didn't matter - he had done such a kind thing for Diane. The lemonade had also spilled on the book I was reading - Tanith Lee's Kill The Dead - that I'd planned to ask Paul Darrow to sign. I joked, "Autographed by Paul, and water-graphed by you!"

My mother lives overseas, and has never seen Blake's 7, but when I told her that Gareth had passed away she said: "Isn't he the one who spilled coca cola over you on a plane?"

"It was lemonade," I said, "but fancy you remembering that - it was more than 25 years ago!"

"Ah," she said, "he seemed like such a nice chap."


Lovely story Travisina.

You should add that to the bottom of the obituary, as it sums up Gareth the man beautifully.
 
littlesue
@ TT
I intend to watch The Way Back tomorrow, although my lovely big screen computer has decided to play up very badly. It's going to a computer expert tomorrow....I wonder? No, no way.
So I shall either be on this very small computer which keeps kicking itself off Google...
or
...watching the episode on my big flat screen TV with the laptop. I shall have to have a word with Dearest.
Are you absolutely sure that a certain brown eyed rather nice computer expert is not in this episode?
Maybe he took a leaf out of Soolin's book and was having a shower!!
Now there's a thought Smile
or two
Cold.....you don't know the meaning of cold.
Cold is when you have ice on the INSIDE of the window!!!


sues stories http://sjlittle.w...
sues youtube channel http://www.youtub...e54/videos
sues book shelf https://www.media...ne%20Shelf
rebel run video http://www.youtub...prqS-XZtLo
Lara and Sue's Stories http://lectorisal....webs.com/
 
Sopron
I spent most of the back-end of last week in my own bubble and had missed news reports, etc., for days. Yesterday I logged on to Horizon for a bit of R&R prior to reconnecting with the world. The news was such a shock. Only a few days before, we had signed SC’s card wishing Gareth a speedy recovery, and suddenly he’s gone.

I have nothing constructive to add, just my sympathies to his family and those who knew him. But I'm grateful to everyone here for sharing their memories of a generous, charming and honest man whose passing has cast such a pall and who I shall now never know.

Joining the group hug now…

Cool
 
Anniew
Nice tribute to Gareth by Jonathon Appleton at thedoctorwhocompanion.com.

Big hugs Sophron.







Edited to provide clickable link
Edited by Travisina on 18 April 2016 19:08:14
Just because I can't sing doesn't mean I won't.
 
Starbuck
I met Gareth at Deliverance in 98 and then a couple of years later at the Fab Cafe with the Supreme Commander. She had an accident with one of the tables there...maybe I should keep that to myself...

Anyway I didn't think Gareth would remember me from Deliverance so when I was talking to him he was talking and said that I should remember the last time we met.

Great guy!

I have more photo's of Gareth but for the life of me I can't find them.

Gareth gets familiar with a Dalek
www.shooting-the-past.com/stuff/gareth001.JPG

Worn out.
www.shooting-the-past.com/stuff/gareth002.JPG
 
BradPaula
One of our meetings with Gareth was particularly memorable. We were in line to have a photo with him at Vision's con (Rosemont, Illinois) in the early 1990's and as was usual for me at the time, I'd go up and give the actor a kiss on the cheek. Well, as I mentioned a few pages ago on this thread, he moved and kissed me right on the lips which left me momentarily disorientated. As we moved together to get the photo taken Gareth grabbed Brad's hand and said in his most emotion-filled actor voice, "I'm NOT going to kiss you!" Which gave us all goofy-grinned smiles for the photo. Such a happy memory for us! Bless you, Welshman.
 
Anniew
Wow Paula, kisses from Gareth! Did your knees buckle? Now if that had been Del Grant, I bet you'd have collapsed on the floor!
Just because I can't sing doesn't mean I won't.
 
BradPaula
Anniew wrote:

Wow Paula, kisses from Gareth! Did your knees buckle? Now if that had been Del Grant, I bet you'd have collapsed on the floor!


Del Grant? Yeah, I'd have probably fainted. Gareth? We always felt him a good friend so it was just a natural thing to do. *sigh*
 
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