John, I cannot thank you enough for the amazing gesture you made to me via the pre-match posts during lockdown. Since then I have been diagnosed with lung cancer and have had radiotherapy treatment. Since my CT scan I have had, shall we say, not good news, so, as we joked about in our original posts, the “inevitable is near”.
I am not far off 85 and have had a great life, John. Amazing family, my lovely lady wife still lives life like a rocket at 84! My son Paul is on the list of celebrity fans (Paul Draper, if you want to Google him).
Most probably regular ToffeeWebbers will know of your amazing offer to me during lockdown for when we all return to the Grand Old Lady. My goodness me, how I would have relished that one, John. I cannot think of how to thank you, one of life’s true gentlemen and of course a true Evertonian.
Thank you for all the fun over the years reading and posting the posts, articles – and yes that includes Tony Marsh love him or hate him. Thanks, Everton FC, for all the memories since my first game at the record gate derby. God bless you all.
Wavertree and now my beloved North Wales
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1 Posted 24/04/2021 at 21:10:58
Top post from an obviously good guy, Wish I could think of something profund to say but I can't... I will light a candle for you tomorrow.
ps: Tony Marsh is still a plonker!
2 Posted 24/04/2021 at 21:17:31
3 Posted 25/04/2021 at 04:33:03
May your remaining time be filled with love, peace and comfort.
Our Evertonian hearts are with you.
4 Posted 25/04/2021 at 05:05:21
I just downloaded some of your sons work last night as I was in a nostalgic mood recalling my college days. Love his music, had no idea he was your boy but you should feel very proud mate, fantastic musician. I actually have one of his songs as my alarm clock.
As for Tony Marsh? I love him. Hes a grump but his heart is in the right place and I wish hed post more.
With that being said, Im so sorry to hear your bad news. It sounds like youve a wonderful wife, I know your son is someone to be immensely proud of. God bless you mate, enjoy the days you have and feel proud for your wonderful family. Ill keep you and your family in my prayers buddy.
5 Posted 25/04/2021 at 05:22:54
Your post puts into perspective the real meaning of Football and Everton, the spirit of comradeship and goodwill to fellow fans when the chips are down.
6 Posted 25/04/2021 at 05:36:57
One thing about ToffeeWeb thats priceless is the opportunity to interact with top blokes from around the world who love this club. Harold Matthews and Dick Fearon RIP among them. Some of us get a bit precious from time to time, squabbling about tactics and so forth. But ultimately, ToffeeWeb has given us a wonderful platform to connect with Blues, most of whom (Darren apart lol) are wiser than me. Its a real privelege to learn from the likes of Teddy, Dave Abrahams, John McFarlane and co. Quality people, true Toffees. What a wonderful club we all have fallen in love with that affords is the opportunity to connect with so many great personalities.
7 Posted 25/04/2021 at 06:17:03
8 Posted 25/04/2021 at 06:43:14
So shocked and sad to hear the news related to your health and hope you find peace and tranquility during the time that you have left with your family and the ToffeeWeb community.
I shall most certainly attempt to contact your son Paul these next few days and hopefully I can arrange for a donation to be made to whichever charity that you so wish to choose. Not as good as a seat in the stands with your blue scarf by any means but the promise won't be forgotten.
Wish I could have met you my friend and thank you so much for the lovely words that you have posted.
67 this year myself Teddy but man you made me cry.
God Bless You Always
9 Posted 25/04/2021 at 07:44:53
I hope your remaining time is good as it can be. Good luck and hope you can see at least a couple more wins.
All the best to the family
10 Posted 25/04/2021 at 08:26:06
I don't recall exchanging views with you, so won't profess to know you even in the virtual sense.
What you touch on is testimony to how this site brings Evertonians together. We agree, disagree, bicker and virtually fight, but the one common thing we have is our love of the club that has been with us since before we can remember.
I love that you reflect on having a great life. Such an important thing to put into context; always enjoy life. One of my favourite sayings (and there are different interpretations): "it's not the years in your life that count, it's the years in your life".
Best wishes to you and your family.
11 Posted 25/04/2021 at 08:53:17
12 Posted 25/04/2021 at 09:27:22
May you be as peaceful as possible.
Very brave man reading in between the lines of your post.
Your spirit will live on through your family
13 Posted 25/04/2021 at 09:42:48
Best of the best, my smile and prayers are with you Teddy, god bless!
14 Posted 25/04/2021 at 10:02:01
"it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years"
15 Posted 25/04/2021 at 10:26:07
Heartbreaking article but an excellent post Kieran 6.
All the very best to you and your family Teddy.
16 Posted 25/04/2021 at 10:42:51
17 Posted 25/04/2021 at 11:17:17
I am not religious but if there is an afterlife then I will look for the Evertonian section and seek you out to tell you to your face how brave I think you are, after buying you a pint of course.
My best wishes for your time left with us and my love and admiration to you and your family. NSNO
18 Posted 25/04/2021 at 11:26:06
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20 Posted 25/04/2021 at 12:34:41
21 Posted 26/04/2021 at 10:31:20
Not too many Blues hail from that way, for the 86 and 89 cup finals our house was the only ones without a RS scarf in the window in the entire street! So your post really touched me; we Wavertree Blues need to stick together.
April is usually my absolute favourite month of the year, a combination of the change of season and a whole lot of happy life events that have happened to me in Aprils over the years. This one has been very different; the sad news of Dick Fearon started the month and now this equally awful news bookends it.
It sounds Teddy like you've had a rich and full life and the stoicism in your post hints at the sort of person you are. I wish you and your family all the strength needed to navigate this really difficult time. You and they are in my thoughts and prayers right now.
Stay as strong as you can mate, and god speed. If anything Labby may have had the exchange rate wrong – one Wavertree Blue is worth an enormous number of Liverpudlians, definitely more than 20! Take care again.
22 Posted 26/04/2021 at 10:53:14
23 Posted 26/04/2021 at 12:23:50
I dont know how bad youre at the minute Teddy, but maybe you might be strong enough to attend our last home game of this season? If this is possible you can have my ticket, if Im successful in the ballot mate, otherwise peace be with you, until the very end🙏
24 Posted 26/04/2021 at 12:35:01
25 Posted 26/04/2021 at 18:12:18
26 Posted 26/04/2021 at 19:56:28
My thoughts are with you and your family at this sad time. I recently lost my brother, Tommy, to that terrible disease, two months short of his 88th birthday – another 'TruBlue'. It's at times like this, that losing a game of football fades into insignificance.
Once again, my best wishes to yourself and your family.
27 Posted 26/04/2021 at 20:27:19
28 Posted 26/04/2021 at 20:31:46
29 Posted 26/04/2021 at 20:47:01
30 Posted 26/04/2021 at 21:50:35
God bless you and your family on your journey.
31 Posted 26/04/2021 at 21:58:03
Peace and God bless to you and yours.
32 Posted 26/04/2021 at 22:15:59
RIP Tommy and enjoy the matches from the Top Balc in the sky, with great company of Evertonians.
34 Posted 27/04/2021 at 07:51:48
It reinforces what a wonderful site TW is in the main, when Evertonians from all four corners of the World, unite in sharing bad news as well as rejoicing in the good. Sadly there hasn't been a lot of good news recently both on and off the field. Thinking of you and your family Teddy at this trying time.
35 Posted 28/04/2021 at 17:12:54
Ian's kind gesture was bought to my attention, along with your post, on the back of the golf day that Derek is organizing. Glad to have found this post and I can only reiterate the blue feelings given your way.
Best wishes to you and your family
36 Posted 28/04/2021 at 17:25:16
37 Posted 30/04/2021 at 14:26:02
Got your message thank you through your son via my daughter on Instagram.
Would really make the day if you are able to knock the first ball so hang on in there and make it a day for everyone to remember.
10 handicap as a senior golfer is a sign of a seriously good golfer.
Rest up and take it easy mate so you are ready to hit a long one off the first tee.
38 Posted 02/05/2021 at 22:54:48
I can't recall many, or any occasions even in the professional World of Golf where the man who the Trophy that everyone is playing for, is present and striking the first shot. This could be History in the making, so as John says you hang on in there buddy, you don't want to miss that!
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