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Lynn Marie O' Donoghue, a woman who was the light of my life for so many years, left this world this morning. Words can't express...

IN MEMORIAM..........

Lynn used to have this poem by Ann Gray in a frame on our bedroom mantelpiece. She kept it with her and I found it in her possessions at the end:

“Let’s love, listen, take time when time is all we have.
Let’s be unafraid to be kind, learn to disregard the bad if the good outweighs it daily.

Let’s make a gift of silence, the day’s hushing into dark, and when we hold each other let’s always be astonished we are where we want to be”

I don’t know when Lynn did it, but she had highlighted the final paragraph, which says;

“Let’s hope to age together, but if we can’t, let’s promise now to remember how we shone when we were at our best, when we were most ourselves”

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17247. Lynn and Alison. Galle Face Hotel. Colombo. Sri Lanka. 10.01.0417138. Lynn getting a massage. Kandy. Sri Lanka. 05.01.0417137. Lynn getting a massage. Kandy. Sri Lanka. 05.01.0417135. Lynn with young boy on the Matale - Kandy train. Wattegama. Sri Lanka. 06.01.0417139. Lynn getting a massage. Kandy. Sri Lanka. 05.01.0417045. Lynn and Alison walking the tracks. Ella. Sri Lanka. 02.01.0417016. Lynn at the Sanika beach Inn. New Year. Tangalle. Sri Lanka. 01.01.0417015. Lynn at the Sanika beach Inn, with the owner. Tangalle. Sri Lanka. 31.12.0317004. New year banquet on the beach at the Sanika beach Inn Tangalle. Sri Lanka. 31.12.03TR0036. Lynn. Amsterdam. 1993.T6591. Lynn in a French restaurant. Pondicherry. Tamil Nadu India. 29th January 1998T6480. Lynn at the Meenakshi temple. Madurai. India. January.1998T6435. Lynn asleep in a hammock. Varkala. Kerala. India. December.1997T6354. Lynn on the backwaters at sunset. Kerala. India. 29.12.1997T6232. Lynn - a night out at the Shilpashri rooftop restaurant. Mysore. Karnataka. India. December.1997T6314. Lynn. Ernakulam Junction. Kerala. India. 27.12.1997T6113. Morning on the sleeper bus to Hospet. Karnataka. India. December.1997T6112. Waiting for the sleeper bus to Hampi. Calengute. Goa. India. December.1997T6023. Lynn. Arambol. Goa. India. November 1997T14526. Lynn enjoying breakfast at the Galle Face Hotel. Colombo. Sri Lanka. 30.12.02

Guestbook for Lynn, ('beautiful') died 3rd January 2013
Mike Carter(non-registered)
My sincere condolences to Paul, who I have never met. What a lovely tribute to Lynn you have created. Lynn and I became friends in the 1980s when we were both members of the Lenton CND group in Nottingham. We stayed in touch when she moved down to London and began a new life. I had a Christmas card from her a few years ago telling me she was about to marry Paul and what a happy and fulfilling life she was leading. Unfortunately, she did not include her address. When I decided to try and contact her in 2013 I googled her name and was devastated by the news of her death. I realised that she had died only a few months after my own wife Jane, who had ovarian cancer, in September 2012. I remember the difficult time Lynn went through before she left Nottingham and it was so good to see how happy Lynn was in the photos you took, Paul. I have happy memories of a lovely and caring friend. Take care. My thoughts are with you.
Peter Bottomley(non-registered)
Thank you for making the lines available:

IN MEMORIAM..........

Lynn used to have this poem by Ann Gray in a frame on our bedroom mantelpiece. She kept it with her and I found it in her possessions at the end:

“Let’s love, listen, take time when time is all we have.
Let’s be unafraid to be kind, learn to disregard the bad if the good outweighs it daily.

Let’s make a gift of silence, the day’s hushing into dark, and when we hold each other let’s always be astonished we are where we want to be”

I don’t know when Lynn did it, but she had highlighted the final paragraph, which says;

“Let’s hope to age together, but if we can’t, let’s promise now to remember how we shone when we were at our best, when we were most ourselves”
© Paul Bigland Photography
Alice Mary Ames Deformes
My mother met Lynn's step mother the other day who mentioned something
that made my mother say to me that she thought Lynn had died. This is why I looked her up on the internet.
I am sat here feeling shocked and very saddened. Lynn and I went to primary school together and together with a few others, we played after school, weekends and school holidays in Allesley Park. We had great fun and got up to so much mischief!! Very happy memories. I remember her pet lamb and dog Sandy. I know there were hard times back then for Lynn and her brother Michael. I really admire the life she made for herself and the effort and love she obviously showed for others.
Just looking at these photos Pau,l I can feel your loss.
Good night dear Lynn.
Anne Gray(non-registered)
I cannot express how completely shocked and I feel so at a loss to describe my sadness to have suddenly discovered that Lynn died. I am just so upset. I found out this morning by accident and it felt like not even a slap in the face.

I have now been able to look at all the beautiful photos.

We lost contact but for a few years of my life we were such close workmates and friends.

I am in shock and disbelief, I dont know what to think.

I am so sad. It feels so wrong.

She was a great person. We shared a love of books, we had some great silly times -wine and fags, when none of us smoked regularly.

I was stunned about the poem You mentioned, Paul, by Anne Gray - as that's my name.
I wish I could claim to have written it, but I believe it was Ann Gray, not me.

I kinda wish that my name meant something to Lynn.

Such a special person- we had only good time together.

If you read this, Paul, I would love if there was a photo of us together - only possible from your house-warming or Seans 40th.

Is there something Meena and I can do ?

And I'm sorry if this is wrong. I just am so really upset and sad.
Mike Vincent(non-registered)
Paul

I am so, so sorry for your loss. I have only recently re-visited your website and have just seen your overwhelmingly sad news.

Warmest wishes

Mike
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