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Rupert Bates

30th August 1956       17th January 2021

Book Owner: desmond mccarthy
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Jeremy

He was responsible. When anyone, anywhere reached out for help, he wanted the hand of AA always to be there. And for that: he was responsible. RIP Rupert. …

Nick

I attended my first meeting at Ormond Road, Richmond sometime in 2010 and came to realise that Rupert always had something magical and articulate to share. It’s why I came back to meetings time and time again. The words that came from his sharing were poetic and often left you pondering and wanting more. What …

Frank Ogle

Ah, Master Rupert …… Always in my heart Love to all who laughed , cried, and sang with Rupert. What do we do now the party has gone? …

Adrian K

Dear Rupert,   Thank you for all your incredible years of service, wisdom, kindness and smiles. You always brightened a room and brought laughter to it wherever you went. Rest in peace x In fellowship. …

Euan Macnaughton

I am a lucky man to have known and spent good quality time with Rupert. Of course, I am deeply sadened by his death and feel cheated that I didn’t have the chance to say good bye. There is nothing much that I can add that has not already been said. I’ll try.   It …

Kristian B

Dear Rupert, Thank you for always being at the Tuesday  meeting with a warm welcome and your booming eloquence, especially in my early days. For being present and taking the time to share your joy and practicable wisdom, it gave me hope and kept me coming back. Yours was a quality of sobriety I wanted. I …

Ayleen Lapper

My Dear Rupert,  I hadn’t know you that long but in the time I have spent with you at Raynes Park, you made a huge impression on me. You are a fountain of wisdom & I absolutely loved listening to you share. You radiate happiness & gratitude 🙏 I don’t think I’ve met a …

Rachael Pinder

Rupert was a lovely man, who had so much enthusiasm for the AA 12 Step programme and such a sunny disposition. I will miss his sharing and, in particular, his use of the word “extraordinary” to describe the benefits of sobriety in AA. He was truly an extraordinary person, and I am so sorry …

Nigel McNeill-Moss

Dear Rupert, I remember you very well. ‘Back in the day’ when most meetings were gas light and we were all as keen as mustard and fellowship laughter resonated everywhere, largely innated by your jokes, warmth, levity and good example. Rupert, you were always a good egg and I remember you very fondly. Also, …

Sarah Browne (Wimbledon)

Dear Rupert,  God rest your beautiful soul.  I first met you at Kingston Hill many years ago and you were a wonderful part of my journey.  Thank you for all you did to help so many. Rest in peace lovely man. Sarah B xxx …
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