Final Goodbyes

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Although New Year’s Eve is supposed to be a happy time of the year – people want to look forward and hope that the coming year will bring them cheer and good luck – however, here at Jammy Toast it is always tinged with a hint of sadness. We can’t help but look back at the people we have lost during the past year. As we get older the people we know tend to get older and so it seems that each year more and more people – famous and otherwise – tend to shuffle off this mortal coil. I always think it is the least we can do to look back and just give them a last nod of recognition before they become confined to the annals of history. So let’s get a coffee, some Jammy Toast and remember some of the friends we have lost this year…

This past year has seen people the likes of actor Sir Roger Moore leave us. Sir Roger will always be remembered for bringing a lighter touch to the role of James Bond. Although dated today, at the time, his version of Mr Bond was a revelation. However, such is the modesty of the man that he was quoted as saying that for the role of Bond he just had to, “look at the lines, say them, and don’t bump into the furniture.” We also loved him in “The Saint” and “The Persuaders” with Tony Curtis.

Bafta-award winning actor Sir John Hurt will be remembered by many for Caligula in “I, Claudius”, John Merrick in “The Elephant Man” and Quentin Crisp in “The Naked Civil Servant”. However for me he will always be remembered for the role of Kane in “Alien”, the first person to die at the hands of the alien parasite when, during a meal, he starts to convulse violently. While he lies writhing and screaming on the table, the crew tries to help and stabilize him, but his chest suddenly bursts, and a small, snake-like alien creature erupts through his rib cage. It silently observes its surroundings then scurries away quickly, leaving the crew stunned and horrified. So begins their nightmare.

Actress Mary Tyler Moore, star of the 1970s US sitcom “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”, which was named by Time Magazine as one of iconic programmes that “changed television”.

Actor Robert Hardy, the man with a British bulldog manner, he played Siegfried Farnon in “All Creatures Great and Small” and portrayed Sir Winston Churchill on several occasions.

Bafta-winning actor Tim Piggot-Smith, best known for his role in the 1984 TV series “The Jewel in the Crown”.

Batman actor Adam West, star of the original 1960s hit TV series “Batman” along with Burt Ward, who played his sidekick Robin.

Actor Martin Landau, best known for roles in the TV series “Mission: Impossible” and “Space: 1999” along with 1960s blockbusters like Cleopatra.

Actress Erin Moran who was best known for playing Joanie Cunningham in 1970s US sitcom “Happy Days”.

Actor Bill Paxton, who will probably be best remembered for his roles in the Hollywood movies “The Terminator”, “Apollo 13”, “True Lies”, “Titanic”, and “Twister”. For us we will always remember him in the movie “Aliens”, where he just about stole all the best lines, “Stop your grinnin’ and drop your linen!”, “How do I get out of this chickenshit outfit?”, “Whoopee-fuckin’-do.” and “Hey, maybe you haven’t been keeping up on current events, but we just got our asses kicked, pal!”

Film critic Barry Norman.

Actor Gorden Kaye, best known for playing cafe owner Rene Artois in the sitcom “’Allo ’Allo!”

Actor Hywel Bennett, known for his role in ITV’s sitcom “Shelley”.

Actor Peter Sallis, best known as the voice of Wallace in “Wallace and Gromit” and as stalwart Norman “Cleggy” Clegg in the BBC’s gentle sitcom “Last of the Summer Wine”.

Also actress Jane Freeman who played Ivy, the formidable cafe owner, also in the “Last of the Summer Wine”.

An actor from our childhood, Geoffrey Bayldon, who played the lead role in the 1970s TV series “Catweazle”, and the Crowman in “Worzel Gummidge” at the end of the decade.

Rodney Bewes an actor who found fame as the aspirational Bob in the BBC sitcoms “The Likely Lads” and “Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?”

Creator of our beloved Paddington Bear, author Michael Bond.

Musician Tom Petty, who fronted Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers and co-founded the Traveling Wilburys.

Founder of the international adult magazine Playboy; Hugh Hefner who said; “I’ve never thought of Playboy quite frankly as a sex magazine. I always thought of it as a lifestyle magazine in which sex was one important ingredient.”

There was also TV presenter Sir Bruce Forsyth, actor Tony Booth, actor Keith Barron, Kids TV presenter Keith Chegwin, comedian Sean Hughes, longest serving “Blue Peter” presenter John Noakes, Play School and Play Away presenter Brian Cant, Christine Keeler the 1960s model who was embroiled in the Profumo affair, former England manager Graham Taylor, former Liverpool FC captain and coach Ronnie Moran, country music stars Glen Campbell and Don Williams, rock musicians Malcolm Young of AC/DC, Gregg Allman of The Allman Brothers Band, John Geils Jr of the J Geils Band, singer David Cassidy, old-time rock ‘n’ rollers Fats Domino and Chuck Berry.

There are also a few people we probably will not miss that much, including 1960s Moors Murderer Ian Brady, who tortured and killed five children with Myra Hindley in crimes that shocked the nation. Publicist Max Clifford, jailed for historical sex offences and Charles Manson, the notorious cult leader who directed his followers to commit a string of brutal murders, and who became a symbol of the dark side of 1960s counterculture.

Most of these people are probably will be in a much better place and we thank them for the memories they have left behind them which I think will go on to outlast us all.


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Lord Bearkeeper OBE DASc

A sad and lonely old man who used to have a life but it has now been taken over by his dedication to the cause of saving Renault Bears, running Jammy Toast and searching eBay, car boot sales, charity shops, lofts and even under beds for his beloved bears. He has even now taken in Flat Eric to save him from homelessness – his life is no longer his own!

66 Comments on “Final Goodbyes”

  1. Happy New Year everyone. My resolutions are:
    To catch even more rodents than in 2017.
    Continue being a style icon.
    Keep Palmerston out of my fur.
    To stay fabulous.
    Stay safe tonight and let’s have a wonderful 2018.

    :heart: Gladders

  2. Y’all be safe for NYE tonight! Somebody has to stay alive & pay taxes to cover the cost of my unmarked grave… Wait, my name is Mark. Is it even possible for me to have an unmarked grave?

  3. My daughter came home from work, saw all the liquor bottles for tonight & said: “Woah, someone’s getting drunk tonight!”

    Luckily she’s 19, so I don’t need to worry about setting a good example.

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  5. New Year’s Eve, 2009, I woke up at 11:50 pm at Balad Air Base in Iraq. Everyone was asleep so I went outside. A few tents down, I saw another soldier. He gave me a cigar and we rung in 2010 together. Wherever you are, happy New Year, brother.

  6. Nothing brings hope for the coming trip around our star like stepping outside and hearing the air raid/tornado sirens being tested. On New Year’s Day.

    I have a bad feeling about this.

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