I was extremely saddened to hear of the passing of an old school friend earlier this week.
Michael Spence (Spenner) died on Wednesday 9th May.
Although I can’t claim to have been close friends with Michael, I know some of the people who read my blog were. There will also be some who were friends with him at school but, as happens, lost touch as we became weighed down with the responsibilities of adult life.
I have two memories of Michael I hope you won’t mind me sharing. The first is of an eleven year old boy, with his ‘big shoes’, walking across the lower school playground with a cheeky smile on his face. Memory can play tricks but it seems to me that this was his default expression, one that endeared him to so many people.
Secondly was a train journey back from London, perhaps ten years or so ago. We bumped into each other and spent a couple of hours reminiscing and providing updates on how our lives had progressed since leaving school. I remember thinking, even then, that I wish we’d of known each other better. He was a good guy.
We both attended Outwood Grange School. I feel a bond with anyone who went there. It doesn’t really matter whether I knew them or not. Michael and I shared this bond and I know so many of you will feel this as well. We’ve lost one of our own and that is heartbreaking.
A fundraising page has been set up to help ensure he gets the ‘send off’ he deserves. I’ve included a link to this below. Whether you knew him or not, please give what you can.
Love to Michael, all his friends and family and all those whose lives he touched during his time with us. He will never be forgotten.