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Title: Deepest regret
Post by: Kalon on May 07, 2007, 01:58:39 am
At 6.10pm my partner in DV, Brian suffered what appears to be a heart attack.
Although Site marshalls and paramedics worked for 30 mins, the doctors pronounced him dead at 7pm.
I feel like my heart had been ripped from me and as i write this post im wiping tears away and trying not to break down.Our staff performed outstandingly and Kath and i want to thank you all from the very depths of our souls.
Im numb and in limbo. he has been a part of my life for so long i feel like a piece of me is misssing.
I will post more info as to the funeral date as we wish you to attend as you are more then welcome.

Dv will going in to hirbernation untill i decide what im going to do...

yours failing holding it together

Jeff & Kath
Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: DarkStar on May 07, 2007, 02:44:53 am
Love and prayers from the Harris family.

Neil (DarkStar)
Owen (Moonshadow)
Bethan (Lethal_Bethan)

Any support we can give, please just ask.
Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: Kath on May 07, 2007, 03:12:18 am
I Cannot Think You're Not Alive Somewhere

I cannot think you're not alive somewhere.
I think of you just as I did before.
No sudden gust of wind has closed the door
Or made your presence vanish in thin air.
I write you this because I know you're there;
That even after death there must be more.
So does faith one's inner sun restore
After bitter darkness few can bear.
My mind and heart have not yet lost a friend
Even though my senses are bereft,
For you remain the witness of my soul.
No mere accident our love can end
So long as I have will and memory left,
And you lie silent on some unknown shoal.


Brian we miss you; you will always be loved.

Kathxxxxxxx
Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: Paulus on May 07, 2007, 10:12:06 am
The feeling at hearing this I have found hard to put into words, Brian and Jeff always made me feel welcome at DV, from the first day as an addled newbie through to the time as a even more confusable marshall.   

At the national games he looked after us, and even kept my poor wife company whilst I left her behind and played. 

I hope that Jeff, Kath and those close to Brian can find strength in the words of support that many will post and pass on to them over the next few days. 

Regards and best wishes;


Paul Mugleston aka Paulus
Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: Solo on May 07, 2007, 10:45:37 am
I honestly cannot think what to say.....

Brian, you will be greatly missed by all. :(

I have been playing at DV for a little over two years now and am honored to say that I am a Marshal there.  Between them, Brian and Jeff made themselves an irreplaceable part of the DV experience.

Players, and Marshals come and go over the years - very few leaving behind a lasting memory with people but I think that Brian will be with all those who knew him, forever.
Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: doddy on May 07, 2007, 10:47:45 am
my thoughts are with all those who were close to brian. he will be deeply missed.
Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: Moose on May 07, 2007, 11:09:23 am
I'm utterly lost for words...

ThorMaNN informed me last night and i just couldn't believe it.

Rest in Peace Bri, you will be greatly missed.

My deepest sympathy goes out to all the family and friends
Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: mightymints on May 07, 2007, 11:37:53 am
Brian was a highly respected guy at DV. My regards go to his friends and family. Rest in peace.
Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: Lord Krell on May 07, 2007, 11:42:27 am
Lost for words. My thoughts go out to all those who knew Brian and to his family at this difficult time.

God Bless.
Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: SHREKKIE on May 07, 2007, 11:43:48 am
I'm numb. God i'm gonna miss you brian, you were the highlight of my day, the burgers were better than some of the games.

My deepest, deepest sympathy goes out to all his family and friends, and I hope when we get going again we do an event for Brian.

 With a heavy heart and tears running down my face, love you Bri, we all do,
rest in peace my friend.
Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: druid799 on May 07, 2007, 12:27:26 pm
my deepest condolances go out to his family and friends at dv.
brian was a great bloke
he seamed a bit prickley at first but wene you got to know him you realised that you coudn"t be further from the truth and that he was a realy nice giy.
i was talking to him in the late afternoon during one of the games (i"d gone back to change guns and he was makeing fun of me for too meny guns and not enuth hands!) and we started chating about how well the day was going and how there was a great crowd of regulars at dv and i allways had a great day there.
life is fragile , grab it with both hands and don"t let go you don"t know wene it will be snatched away .
rest in peace bri you will be missed.
Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: stretchman0 on May 07, 2007, 12:30:33 pm
My thoughts and Prayers are with brians family now



Brian was a top bloke a great friend to all he will be deeply missed by all

RIP brian


Simon
(http://img241.imageshack.us/img241/2176/bri1li6.jpg)
Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: couger-w on May 07, 2007, 12:51:23 pm
like everyone i am lost for words as i have not had much experiance with this

he was a great guy, deeply sorry to loose him and my condolances to his family and all those close to him (Jeff , Kath and all the marshells)

he will be sorly missed

Couger

and condoolances from the rest of Team F.E.A.R
Mac
Swamp
Djinn
Crow
Banto
Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: Tank on May 07, 2007, 12:55:10 pm
I'm in shock. I didn't really know him. I only chatted to him a few times when signing in but he seemed like a great guy.
My deepest sympathies to his family and everyone at DV.

Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: Head Wreck on May 07, 2007, 12:55:30 pm
damn.

this is really unexpected and unfortunate news.

i'm crap with words, but he was a genuine person and he will be missed.  i am very sorry to hear this and offer my condolances to his family and friends
Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: Dude on May 07, 2007, 01:06:57 pm
condolences and best wishes to his family and friends  for it truly is hard to say into plain words how much a warm soul and kindly person like Bri will be missed,  One of the worlds Good people is gone but will not be forgotten.


Bri has been part of dv part of airsoft and enriched so many lives for longer than people realise, in ways people have yet to appreciate.



Ride free Bri, ride free  
Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: CyALuME on May 07, 2007, 01:21:58 pm
You will be missed Brian,  you were one of the first people I met at dragon valley when I was a newbie and I'm going to miss you alot. 

My thoughts are with Brian, Jeff Kath, Brians family and anyone close to him.

I'm going to miss you.  Rest in Peace

Michael
Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: ThorMaNN on May 07, 2007, 01:27:02 pm
The bond I have with the DV team is like no other.
I don't go airsofting much, yet every time I've stepped foot on DV soil I have always been welcomed and been treated like family, it is the way they treat everyone.

Its because of this I don't feel we have just lost a good friend but I feel we have just lost a family member.

Rest in peace Brian. You will be be missed and never forgotten.

My thoughts go out to Brians Family, Jeff, Kath and all who knew Brian
Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: scorpio Girl 1979 on May 07, 2007, 01:28:23 pm
It was my first day there yesterday & it was a great day, really enjoyed it. I met Brian when I payed, he seemed a nice guy & everyone was really nice & friendly.

I'm so so sorry to hear of the sad news, my condolences, thoughts and prayers go out to his family and the whole of the DV.

RIP Brian

Zoe
Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: Dom-Estos on May 07, 2007, 02:06:32 pm
Very sad news. I have only been going to DV since Febuary, and as i checked in Brian was the first person i spoke to, he was very friendly and welcoming and made my first visit alot less nervous. He will be sorely missed, by deepest sympathy to his family and close friends. RIP Brian
Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: steeleboa on May 07, 2007, 02:07:19 pm
We are lost for words.

Since the first day we (Malcolm, Lyndon and Jason) came there nearly 3 years ago brain has always made us feel very welcome and was always up for a good laugh.

He will be missed alot

Condolences to his family and all those close to him (Jeff , Kath and all the marshells aswell)

R.I.P Brain

We are going to miss you

Malcolm (steeleboa)
Lyndon (metalboa)
Jason (littleboa)
Lesley (wife of steeleboa)
Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: SHREKKIE on May 07, 2007, 02:24:50 pm
I've given up trying to fight back the tears, he is someone who everyone liked and everyone will miss.

I have to tip my hat to ASCUK forum for their banner, a nice touch at a time like this.
 All i can think is of is how i want to help his family, do and event and put all green fee's to his family. I just want to do something for them, for letting them share him with us. To me, Brian was family. DV is family. And the loss is going to affect everyone.
Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: BLC on May 07, 2007, 02:43:34 pm
Paulus told me about this earlier.  I know it's been a long time since any of us were into airsoft, but this is still a deep shock.  I've got a lot of fond memories of DV and all of the people there.  Brian was a great bloke and always made people feel welcome.

My thoughts are with his family, Jeff, Kath and anyone that was close to him.

Regards

Byron
Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: Sid on May 07, 2007, 02:51:06 pm
I just don't really know what to say. Paul told me the news just moments ago and I just can't believe it.

You will be greatly missed and my deepest sympathy goes out to his family and friends :(

Sid
Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: Asgardian on May 07, 2007, 05:01:06 pm
Too shocked to think straight.
It seem very unfair that someone who has given so much so others can have fun is gone.
I have known Bri since before Dragon Valley was at its current site and am really gutted.
My heart felt sympathies go to his family and all those close to him.
May we remember him always.


Ade
Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: tippey on May 07, 2007, 05:14:50 pm
I'm as shocked as everyone here.
     
        Ive been a regular player/occasional marshall at dv for a good while and always enjoyed a good banter with Brian as well as his burgers and butties.

        He will be sorely missed and my deepest sympathies to his family, Jeff kath   & friends.

From kwok & Radioski
Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: Cubey on May 07, 2007, 05:43:41 pm
I'm shocked that I heard from arniesairsoft news...

I don't know him, really sad :( my deepest sympathies to his family and friends :(


I'm Pathfinder Airsoft member and I'm from Newport.
Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: Dibs on May 07, 2007, 05:47:05 pm
wow, this is very unexpected. the first time i seen him yesterday and the last.  i know how fruitless these words of mine may be but my sympathies are with his friends and family.

RIP Brian
Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: Darkwarfare on May 07, 2007, 06:06:33 pm
Ive only been to DV a few times and I didn't really know Brian, but he seemed like a great person, im sure he will be missed. Deep sympathy to his family, friends and everyone at DV.
Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: RayKickButts on May 07, 2007, 06:24:24 pm
Hard to belive.... thoughts go out to his Family, Jeff & Kath and all the DV Team
Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: FuzzY on May 07, 2007, 06:52:07 pm
My thoughts and condolences to Brian's family, and all his friends.

A truly unexpected and tragic event, and my regards to all who are greiving through such an obviously painfull time.
Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: evilmike on May 07, 2007, 07:13:22 pm
Completely lost for words, i had heard he wasnt well when Animal had to rush back to the site. But this is just unbelievable, sympathies to all his family and friends, he certainly wont be forgotten
Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: Saxbelcrush on May 07, 2007, 07:24:09 pm
My condolences to Brian's family and friends, our thoughts are with you all....
Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: stewpidbear on May 07, 2007, 07:25:08 pm
I am so, so sorry at this horrible news. My heart goes out to Brian's family at this worst of times. I would like to thank everyone concerned  for trying so hard that evening. Please give my kindest regards to Brian's family.

Justin
Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: Animal on May 07, 2007, 07:44:46 pm
Goodbye Brian.... I'm sorry I couldn't have done more.

You will be missed
Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: Stodgey on May 07, 2007, 07:49:11 pm
when i was informed i was shocked and stunned.

My sincere condolences are offered to Brian's family and friends.

He will be sorely missed by all.

R.I.P
Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: Kath on May 07, 2007, 07:50:42 pm
Thank you all.

We will be leaving this post up for a few days then printing its contents off to give to Brians family; we believe it is important that they know how much people will miss him. If you could add some favouraite memories of Brian I think that would be a nice thing for his family to read.

I have lit a virtual candle which will stay lit for 48 hours.

Please feel free to follow this link and think of Brian.

http://www.gratefulness.org/candles/message.cfm?l=eng&cid=3318509

Thank you again

Kat
Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: Junoske on May 07, 2007, 07:53:36 pm
I dont actually know Brian but from what i've heard he seems like a great guy im sure he will be greatly missed, my condolences go to his family and friends.
Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: walking_target on May 07, 2007, 07:53:50 pm
On behalf of all of the WASPS, I would like to pass on the teams sincere and deepest regret for the loss of Brian.  Brian has been a constant presence for us for the past six or so years since we have been involved with Dragon Valley and he will be deeply missed by us all.  He did a fantastic job with DV and he was well liked by us all.

I would like to also salute all of those who were involved in attempting to save his life.  I cannot even begin to imagine how difficult that situation was for you and how difficult the coming weeks and months will be.  Your bravery is an inspiration and you should be proud of your efforts.

Please pass on our sincere condolances to Brians family.

Kind Regards,

James Elliott
WASPS

Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: stewpidbear on May 07, 2007, 08:00:30 pm
It was because of Brain chatting about 40k novels he and I had read, that I completely missed a campaign game and didn't even notice! I found him very easy to talk to and found I had a lot in common with him. A great bloke and certainly a great loss. Once again deepest regards and thoughts to Brain's family and friends.

Justin
Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: Serotonin on May 07, 2007, 08:23:17 pm
Holy pooey-plop-plops.
I'm speechless.

My condolences.

EDIT- damn the naughty word filter.
Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: Swampy21 on May 07, 2007, 08:28:35 pm
My sympathy goes out to Brians family and to friends he will be missed very much

Swampy
Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: Winter Man on May 07, 2007, 08:42:48 pm
I just didn't see it coming. He was a great guy and he will be missed.
Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: C-X on May 07, 2007, 08:49:25 pm
Well, what can I say?  I've been more or less speechless for the past 24 hours, and those who know me will agree that this is rare.

I remember Brian's first ever words to me were "Player, put your goggles on!" as I managed to blunder out of the safezone without them, during my first ever visit to the site, some four years ago.  Since then he's become one of my closest friends at DV.  I'm sure most, if not all will agree that he was an absolutely terrific guy, one of the best.

I have many fond memories of relaxing with Brian in the safezone on cold, wet winter afternoons, sharing war stories from games such as Guild Wars and Eve Online.

My condolences go out to his family at this time.

Goodbye Brian, you will be deeply missed.

Chris
Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: Badger on May 07, 2007, 09:21:43 pm
I had only met and chatted to brian a few times, always had a pleasant word to say to people.

My deepest sympathies go out to his family, jeff and kath, all the dv team and all the others who will be diminished by his passing.

I was with animal when he received the news, Martyn, you did everything you could. I know.
Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: Flumps on May 07, 2007, 09:23:06 pm
I replied over on ASCUK, but this has moved me more than I could have actually appreciated.

Like I say, I didn't know Brian well, but he was a fantastic guy, I'm really a lesser person for this loss. This obviously pales in comparison to those of you who knew him and met him frequently, and even more so for those of you who were close friends and indeed family of Brian.

I really hope that you pull through all this ok, I'm so sorry for your loss. I can't think of much to type to voice what I feel, but suffice to say, if I can't do anything else for you, all the way over in Hertfordshire, then at least know my thoughts and prayers are with and for you all, mine and the whole teams.

Take care all.
Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: golightly on May 07, 2007, 09:35:38 pm
We as a Team have not played at Dragon yet but I, on behalf of the team, and the airsoft world would like to extend our condolences
Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: DarkStar on May 07, 2007, 09:53:30 pm
Goodbye Brian.... I'm sorry I couldn't have done more.

You will be missed

There was nothing more that you could have done.

N.
Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: nade on May 07, 2007, 10:00:27 pm
My best wishes to everyone who new Brian. He was a really nice man.
Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: stan on May 07, 2007, 10:09:00 pm
gobsmacked, can't say anything other than what's already been said. Will certainly be different without brian at DV

RIP Brian
Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: Stodgey on May 07, 2007, 10:35:53 pm
at the moment all i can hear in my head is that annoyingly tranquil and calming music that he used to play.

brings a smile in this time of sadness.
Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: Firkit on May 07, 2007, 10:51:19 pm
Goodbye Brian.... I'm sorry I couldn't have done more.

Martyn, I can honestly say I saw you in a completely new light yesterday. The speed with which you managed to get back to the site when we called you was remarkable. The way you were able to immediately take control of the situation was a display of consummate professionalism and meant that Brian was in good hands while we waited for the ambulance to arrive. However many times you run through the drill, it's nothing like the training when it's your friend there on the ground, and you were an example to all of us - I couldn't have held it together like that.

I don't even know where to start with summing up how much Brian will be missed - I don't think I've accepted that yesterday was real yet. I drove back up the M5 in a daze and I haven't come out of it yet. Those who know me well will know that the 6th/7th of May has considerable significance for my family, and the support we received from Brian, Jeff and the whole DV family a couple of years back cemented them all a special place in our hearts. There's always room in heaven for people like Brian, but sometimes they move in too soon.

Mind you, if I had to pick an all time favourite 'Brian moment' it would have to be Paulus's GLC CD at Fireball National Game a couple of years back. That was classic Brian!

I'll have to stop now, I can't see the screen anymore.
Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: DarkStar on May 07, 2007, 11:02:01 pm
If there is a 'saving grace' to this horrible sad event it's that Brian left us surrounded by his friends and having spent the day doing what he did best - making other people happy.

I'll miss you so much mate.

N.



Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: TaffyGriffiths on May 07, 2007, 11:09:14 pm
having only been there twice, i didnt really know him, but its obvious by the replies, that he was a loved person.

reading what has been read even brings tears to my eyes, thinking of how someone was taken away before his time by something that no one can predict.

sincere condolances to his family and friends, and be in the knowledge that you have the shoulders of all the players, marshals and friends to grieve on.

rest in peace good man. rest in peace
Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: Wizzard on May 07, 2007, 11:55:24 pm
I had a call earlier from DarkStar and couldn't believe the news...

Even now, several hours later I am stunned. Brian was always helpful, friendly and an all-round great guy. DV will never be the same without him!

My condolences go out to his family & friends - He will be greatly missed...

Steve.
Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: Kalon on May 08, 2007, 12:06:58 am
Goodbye Brian.... I'm sorry I couldn't have done more.

You will be missed

Dont you dare think you didnt do enough, you and Jim kept him alive till the the paramedics got there and got to him hospital. Everyone there was amazing and we did everything right and gave him a  roll of the dice.
Lady luck can be fickle and it was not to be but it was not from lack of care or skill and i will not have you beating yourself up when you should be proud of what you did!

I remember the first time i met Bri i thought "He's a grumpy sod" but that gruffness is only on the surface and the person below that was quite a man.

Best memory of Bri is when i really liked a girl in my scuba diving school and i ducked and dived around asking her out on a date. Brian listened and laughed at my woes and shyness,this going on for 6 weeks every tuesday me trying to ask her out and failing terribly.
Then one tuesday after we packed up the class i was walking and out and i heard bri say to this girl"so you want to come to cinema to watch a movie in cardiff with Jeff me and few of the others? ".
The reply was "yes i would love to".
Bri then said "talk to jeff he's setting it up give him your number".
I went red but i got the number and setup the date..........................


4 years later i married her.


Brian i miss you so much already its unreal.


Jeff


Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: Solo on May 08, 2007, 12:14:59 am
I'll never forget the Marshal's Christmas meal 2006.  It was my first one.  I sat opposite Brian and didn't really know what to think, I didn't know him that well and I'd only been a Marshal for a few days - literally! He spoke to me immediately, he really made me feel more at ease.

When the food arrived he couldn't stop raving about how good the ribs were and how I 'seriously had to try them' because they were so good!  They were.  But that's not the point.  Brian made me feel part of the team.

I'll say it again, he will be missed...
Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: CyALuME on May 08, 2007, 12:29:02 am
I remember being in the safe zone on a few occasions speaking to him about Eve and all the operations we had giggling about us kicking other players rears ends. 

I'll keep remembering the day where each game i was shot out I filled in the missing marshal slot and was rewarded with some free food through the day for helping out, also when getting my first assault vest he sourced one for me and also helped me get the thing on when I bought it.  Really made me feel welcome and like one of the team.

I'm sorry for making you go back and fourth at the till Brian, but I'm so thankful for the memories and happiness you gave to me at dragon valley.
Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: Nukem on May 08, 2007, 12:39:58 am
Oh my god this is such bad news!, I personally met Brian a chatted with him many times and he was such a nice bloke and so easy to get along with.
My deepest sympathy goes out to his family and close friends.
Bye Brian you will be really missed by all us guys from Bristol who made the trip over the bridge many many times.
I hope you are at a better place and at peace.
God go with you Brian.
I for one will miss the banter and good humor that you always showed us every time we came over.

Jeff please try to keep your chin up in this terrible time, be strong for yours and Brian's family, they will need you now more than ever.
God Bless, thinking of you all.

Phil   (Nukem) 
Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: DarkStar on May 08, 2007, 01:04:06 am
I just want to do something for them, for letting them share him with us. To me, Brian was family. DV is family. And the loss is going to affect everyone.

Absolutely, the DV community is just that - a community and family.  It's up to us to stand together now and support his family in any way they need us,  and each other as DVers.

N.
Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: Simba on May 08, 2007, 02:20:51 am
I'm shocked!!

I'm struggling to find the words I want to say!! My condolences to family and friends, it won't be the same without him!!
Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: Dude on May 08, 2007, 02:29:02 am
theres so many good memorys of brian over the years

LOE , the camp commander sat in his office, ever so slightly turning monster as we all were talking to him,with 4 of us with guns, he played the part to the letter, reaching for the pistol in the desk drawer despite the commands to stop, taking the role he had on board properly, knowing he risked getting hit and as per the plot making sure he did,all in the spirit of the event.

Took guts to do that, 4 peeps stood there with aeg/pistols pointing at him accross a desk, and the squibs he knew he had on him and the effect they would have had on us had all gone to plan i am sure kept the smile just hovering on his face while he did it.

his decorating of the dark upper corridor for us to stumble blindly into later,and the effect it had on us as well as the hours and days he had spent with jeff russ and kath making the preps for loe.

and the smiles it raised on his face years later recounting how they managed to scare us lot witless in the nicest possible manner.
yes loe is a legend, but its only a legend thanks to the people who played there parts so well ,put the hours and hours of work into it.

yes mate you will be missed, you wont be forgotten though.

Andy
Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: SHREKKIE on May 08, 2007, 04:59:46 am
Something that Brian said that only Brian could say that made me smile was on the 25th of Febuary, my first game back after nearly a year.

 Suffering with Flu and wandered back in from the first game, i was tell Brian how ill i felt. He goes "you know the best medicine you can get for the flu?" well i was interested to find out as the flu i had was a nasty dose, i asked "whats that then?"

 He then put a Bacon buttie on a paper plate and just smiled at me....

took a few seconds to register, but that was Brian. I don't think i could eat a bacon buttie again without thinking of Brian and moments like that.
Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: stewpidbear on May 08, 2007, 09:36:19 am
From my own experiences of Martin taking care of me, I know Brian couldn't have been in better hands. To all the guys that tried to help Brian, a big, big thank you.
Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: alpha2one on May 08, 2007, 11:06:21 am
We at Airsoft Warehouse send our condolances to all those close to Brian at this difficult time.

Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: G.I. O on May 08, 2007, 11:32:51 am
Only met Brian a couple of times very recently, and I regret not having the opportunity to get to know him better.  Even in the quickest of meetings, he beamed warmth and decency.  My thoughts are with all of you that were close to Brian during these hard times.

O.
Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: Kath on May 08, 2007, 01:22:38 pm
I have thousands of memories of Brian.

As Jeff said it was him who finally got Jeff to ask me out and it was him who accompanied Jeff to visit me in America when I went there for a year only one month after Jeff and I started dating, it was him who naturally became Jeff's best man when we got married 2 years after that first date.

As a best man he was superb. I tuned up to the wedding before Jeffs mother did. Jeff told him to stop me comming in until his mum got there and if he had to kill me to do it that was fine.

In Brians best manner he came out to a very nervous bride and said "Sorry Jeff said I have to kill you now!!"

Fortunately Jeff's mum turned UP at that moment and I got to live.

His best man speach still brings a smile to my face. He had spent days writin the perfect speach only to forget to bring it. He was so nervous he couldn't remember any of it so h said everything was beautiful, the flowers were beautiful, the bridesmaids were beautiful, the bride was beautiful, the castle was beautiful. By the end of the speach he sounded like Bernard Mannings!!! He did manage to stop himself saying Jeff was beautiful though.

As tradition dictates as Best man he had to have one dance with the bride unfortunately as I dragged him onto the dance floor the music changed to Livin the Vida Loca but he bravely danced to it, jigging from ne foot to another slightly off beat!! Once it was over I was told he was Never dancing again!! That image will always make me smile.

I miss him so much it hurts.

Kathxxx
Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: Kalon on May 08, 2007, 02:08:51 pm
All the money from sundays game has been given to brians family for his funeral
Rent,wages,food and comsumbles for sunday will be paid for by DV.

Staff and players  have given brians family ?2350 and i would like to thank you all for this.

I am hoping to get all the staff to wetherspoons in cardiff this week to remember him and give him a bloody good send off, you are all very welcome to attend and will post more details when the plan is final.
Also when the funeral is sorted any players wishing to attend may do as i am convinced brian would have wanted you there.


regards

Jeff
Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: Karlos on May 08, 2007, 02:31:29 pm
I'd like to add a personal message in addition to the one Walking Target did on behalf of the team.

Words cannot describe how saddened and upset i was to hear of Brian's passing.  WASPS have a long history with DV going back to the original site at the boys village.  Brian has always been a welcoming face and DV just isn't going to be the same without him.  My condolences to his family and the rest of the DV crew, Jeff, Kath et al.

I'll never forget Brian telling me the story of how he and others came to the rescue of Kessler at a fireball national one year when the marquee had blown on top of his tent.  He had me in stitches, infact he always had me in stitches!

How we laughed as Brian gassed us all with his BBQ at Fireball 2004!!!
(http://www.waspteam.com/images/gallery/fireball2004/photo002.jpg)

We'll miss you Brian.  God bless
(http://www.waspteam.com/images/gallery/fireball2004/FNG00037.jpg)
Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: Moonshadow on May 08, 2007, 03:23:10 pm
Nice photos there, Karlos.

Gone from our lands, but never from our hearts. RIP Brian - we'll miss you.

If you haven't done so already, everyone lift a glass in memory of our dear friend.

*raises said glass* To Brian.
Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: Head Wreck on May 08, 2007, 04:30:46 pm
let us know when the funeral has been sorted jeff.
Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: cwclaydon on May 08, 2007, 06:17:21 pm
My condolences to family and friends.

Raising a glass to absent friends.
Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: Russ on May 08, 2007, 07:55:41 pm
It's difficult to find the right words to say, but all the great messages on here have made me smile a bit.

Brian was a great guy and a top friend and I'll miss him so much.
Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: mindz_i on May 08, 2007, 08:01:32 pm
Man that's a shock and a half

I've not managed to get to DV for a dogs age now, but Brian was one of the nicest chaps I've ever met through airsoft; always up for the craic and a bit of banter, whilst remaining totally down to earth.

As Dude said his turn as the base commander is probably my fondest memory of him, barking orders at us, he seemed right at home.

It's a real blow to hear he's passed on.  He was a truly great chap and one of the wonderful characters of Airsoft. My thoughts are with him and all of family ... :(

Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: gman on May 08, 2007, 09:55:12 pm
Poor Brian .... Sad to see Brian going.  He did a shitload of the work of running DV.  How are you going to replace him?  Yeah, sure, he could be crochety but that was part of his make up and some-one's got to play Mr. Grumpy.  Bless him and keep him ... Brian - soldier on!
Regards
G Man
Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: mickyc on May 08, 2007, 10:39:08 pm
Brian

Great Guy, Great Smile, Great Laugh, Great Food

He will be greatly Missed
Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: luger on May 08, 2007, 11:47:34 pm
mm welll im shocked !and well lifes hit with another bitter turn of event,s
 i,m to saddened to carry on
pete
Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: Pryderi on May 09, 2007, 08:26:46 am
Really shocked and sorry to hear this....

My heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.
Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: L on May 09, 2007, 08:52:37 am
A GOOD MAN GONE BUT NEVER FORGTTON WE WILL ALL MISS U BRIAN
U MADE US SMILL U MADE US CRY BUT WE WILL NOT SAY GOOD BYE U LIVE FOREVER IN R HEARTS FROM LUTZ JAY SAM TIM SLUG AND ALL THE
  HOWLING  GRIFFINS
Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: Sistermonster on May 09, 2007, 09:07:40 am
Jeff Brian was more than a friend he was a brother to you , your right hand and always your partner in crime , you have a million wonderful memories to take with you in life it would have been worse if you had never met him , and i know how much you loved the grumpy bugger but where ever he is he will keep an eye on you and try to keep you out of to much mischief  , life is harsh Jeff , but it goes on ( after a fashion) , greave and keep him your your heart forever ,he loved you and Kath and DV and everybody in it and involved in it , simply you were all  his life , He will be remembered with a smile and a memory !!!!

Gaynor  (jeffs sister)
Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: Kessler on May 09, 2007, 01:01:58 pm
Absolutely gutted to hear the terrible news of Bri's death.  Can't even begin to imagine how you're all coping.  My and the WASPS deepest condolences to you all, he'll be sadly missed.  DV and National games just won't be the same without Big Bri around.  A tragic loss.
Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: woody on May 09, 2007, 01:08:29 pm
im totally shocked by this tragic event

i always remember him being a good laugh and and a great guy,

condolences to his family and all the peeps at DV

my thoughts and prayers are with you

woody
Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: Termin8ed on May 09, 2007, 04:48:44 pm
Both Michelle and I were shocked and upset to here the news, our deepest sympathy goes out to his family and all his friends. we'll all miss him at dv. anyone who knew him knows what a great guy he was. we've read the treads posted. how about a flag "never forgotten" as he was the hub of dv. for me i think he'll always be part of dv whether he's there or not.  jeff we'll be there
Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: Dboy on May 09, 2007, 05:52:02 pm
Truely a great guy,

your going to be missed Brian. Rest In Peace brother.

D.
Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: Dark Vamp on May 09, 2007, 06:25:08 pm
Really Sorry to here about Brian, My condolences to his family and friends

May he Rest In Peace

Webber
Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: craigheeley on May 09, 2007, 06:56:19 pm
I would like to offer my condolences to Brian's family and friends. I was very sorry to hear of his untimely death. My experience of Brian was that he was a good bloke who put a great deal of effort into making DV a great experience for us all. Airsoft has lost a great enthusiast.

Craig Heeley (South Gloucestershire)
Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: Sistermonster on May 09, 2007, 09:51:27 pm
Brian, you were my sons closest friend for l9 years. You listened to him, encouraged him, laughed with him, moaned at him.  You were always there for him.    In Dragon Valley you were a rock, and as Jeffs mother, I am so grateful for the loyalty and support you gave to him over the years.  You were a true friend and you will never be forgotten.  You will be sadly, sadly missed.      Eileen Shaw
Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: A2KLAU on May 09, 2007, 10:08:57 pm
It is deeply saddening to hear of such sad news. I can only imagine the pain friends and family of Brian and experiencing at the moment and my heart felt sympathy goes out to them.

I know that there will be a very big void left in DV and this void will never be filled, however the honour and atmosphere should never be forgotten, and all the hard work Brian has put in shouldn't be forgotten.
Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: Adam on May 10, 2007, 08:50:12 am
I was terribly shocked to hear the tragic news.

My condolences to the family and friends at this sad time.
Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: Golovko on May 10, 2007, 01:32:31 pm
I dont know if any of the other TRD boys have been on here yet, but our deepest condolences to Brians family and to everyone else. I can remember my first ever DV and Brian's was the first face I ever saw there. My thoughts are with you all
Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: L on May 10, 2007, 09:21:20 pm
Jeff i hope u read this brian is not gone he still looks over u and i hope he looks over all of us

a good man gone but never forgotton

a pome i hope it can help u get threw this hard time


    do not stand at my grave and weep i am not i do not sleep
    i am a thousand winds that blow i am the diamond glints on snow
    i am the sunlight on ripened grain i am the autumn rain
    when you awaken in the mornings hush
    i am the swift uplifting rush
    of quiet birds in circled flight
    i am the soft stars that shine at night
    do not stand at my grave and cry
     i am not there
     i did not die
 


    yours in bits lutz 
    good luck brian
 
                       
 
     
Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: robedavies on May 10, 2007, 09:28:51 pm
I am really sorry to hear of the death of Brian. My regards go to his friends and family. Rest in peace.
Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: Becks on May 11, 2007, 05:02:17 pm
missing ya loads already Bri
Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: Sluggy on May 12, 2007, 01:10:52 pm
Terrible news am totally shocked. He was a great bloke and will be sorly missed, my
condolences to family and friends.
Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: UncleEd on May 13, 2007, 03:47:55 pm

  As Brian's Uncle I have been asked to say that the family have been deeply touched to see that our Bri was so well thought of, by so many. 
  Special thanks to Jeff (his brother in arm's) Kath and all the DV staff for being such good friends over the years, not least Martin (Animal), Jim and other's for their gallant efforts to give Brian a Fighting chance that day, thank you.
   The family wish DV all the best for the future, as it was such a big part of Brian's life he would want it to continue so as to give people enjoyment.
  There is no better accolade to one's existence than to know that one has given joy to another, if only a smile or a helping hand.

     So Once again thank you,   Brian's Family.
Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: Gongfarmer on May 13, 2007, 03:55:57 pm
Only just heard this terrible news. He was a great bloke and will be sorely missed. My deepest condolences to all his family and friends.

Rob
Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: Evil Keith on May 13, 2007, 03:58:08 pm
I`m stunned, don`t know what to say.

Goodbye Brian, you will be missed..

Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: casey_cole on May 13, 2007, 05:30:22 pm
I'm sorry to hear your terrible loss;  I only met Brian a few times - but I got to know some things about him, and he was always there to feed the hungry "troops".

If DV does open again, I don't think the game days will be anywhere near the same.

To his family, friends and memory,

CC
Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: scorpio Girl 1979 on May 14, 2007, 05:04:34 pm
I only met Brian on sunday and he seemed a really nice guy even though I only spoke to him briefly when I paid to get in, he was really friendly and helpful for my first time there, & I was really nervous.

From reading all the messages left on here, Its very clear he was a very much liked and loved by a lot of people and its brought a tear to my eyes reading them all.

I just wanted to show my support to DV as a newby, that my thoughts are with all of you from DV, his friends and to his family at this difficult time.

Give him the best DV send off possible on Friday.

You Will Be Very Much Missed.

Rest In Peace

Brian


Zoe
(Scorps)
Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: Lethal_Bethan on May 14, 2007, 09:52:17 pm
I honestly don't know what to say, I was deeply saddened at the news, my sympathy goes out to all his family and friends. We'll miss you Brian.
Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: Nightwish on May 14, 2007, 10:58:22 pm
I have only recently gotten back from being out of the country and when i heard this news, i was so taken aback with shock. i couldnt believe what i had read.

My heart and prayers go out to Brians family and friends at this difficult time, CX has already made the arrangements for us to be there in my absence ( thanks ) so i will be there.

words cant do justice to the loss we all feel, so i will just say Rest In Peace my friend, we will all miss you.

V.
Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: Ryan220 on May 15, 2007, 05:33:42 pm
Terribly sad news.

He will be missed
Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: Silva on May 15, 2007, 11:54:36 pm
I only found out tonight about this, whilst reminiscing over the old days having been inspired by a colleague at work who has recently discovered airsoft. I gave him a few websites to get him started, and ended up following them myself to see what I've missed. My arrival at the DV website was a sad one.

Last time I saw Brian was DefCon3 back in 2005. To be more specific, I last saw his feet sticking out from underneath my precariously propped up crapwagon, which I had hare-assed through the field in upon my arrival, resulting in some wallet tightening knocking noises issuing forth whenever it was moved afterwards.

Despite only having mentioned it in passing to Brian a few minutes earlier whilst he gave me the cheap tour of the frankly decadent DV crew fun marquee, his unprompted and simple remark along the lines of 'I know a thing or two', followed by him marching off in the direction of said chariot, was surprising. And certainly appreciated, along with the comical half-assed manner in which we managed to get the damn thing jacked up with the almost Wile E. Coyote-esque arrangement of planks, jacks and whatever he could find that stayed still long enough to pick up, whilst parked sideways on a soft and sloping field.

And that's how I remember him, always ready to help out a man in a jam at the drop of a hat. Spookily enough, like the first time I met him at back at DV on my first 'away game' with the WASPS, and at every subsequent encounter with you guys I managed to make it to. A true gent, through and through.

A great loss to the sport, DV, and of course his nearest and dearest.

God speed, buddy. I raise my glass to you.


Silva.
Former WASP idiot.
Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: Axemonkey on May 17, 2007, 06:29:47 am
Brian was one of the nicest guys i've ever met - not just in airsoft, but in life itself.   he and jeff were the reason enough to make the journey to dv, more so than the games.
 
i cant begin to understand how anybody from the site must feel at this time.  the tears i have in my eyes at the moment,  are nothing compared to how the good people at dv must feel.  all i can say is that my heart truly goes out to you at this time.

Jeff.  unfortunately i am unable to make the funeral, as i live in America now with my wife.  i would appreciate it if you'd be good enough to have a drink for me at the wake.  there will always be a lot of love for Brian, as these threads will testify.  he will be truly missed.

my deepest condolences,
Andrew
Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: Donkey on May 29, 2007, 10:37:17 am
My heart goes out to you all, my deepest sympathies go out to all the staff and friends at DV.
Title: Re: Deepest regret
Post by: ManaMonkey on May 30, 2007, 01:59:05 pm
We've only just heard the news; our condolences go out to all Brian's friends and family.

Alex, Will and Geraint.