It’s 26 years since I first came across Brian. My first week at Barts as a newly qualified radiographer, he took great glee in taking my dreadful abdomen x-ray out of the processor and waving it around in front of John Harwood, the Radiology manager at the time! Strangely, I thought I should become best mates with this man. My overwhelming memory of Brian will always be laughing. His blunt, cutting wit was a joy to behold on occasions too many to mention. Failed Hebrides bicycle trips, jumping off a pier together at the Birdman of Bognor (me dressed as a chicken, him almost chickening out), wearing tuxedos in the roughest pub in Sheffield, seeing who could buy each other the most expensive merchandise at Iron Maiden concerts, crying with laughter every lunchtime in the QE staff room and too many pub stories to mention – memories I’ll cherish for the rest of my life.
Brian was always at the centre of things. A man for whom everyone would make the effort for, bringing people together and forming a network of friends which will take some beating.
Karen – it was lovely to speak to you. We will stay in touch xx
Evan – words can’t explain, but I’m always here if you ever want to talk about your Dad xx
My thoughts are with Brian’s parents and siblings – I’m so sorry xx
And finally to the man himself. What can I say Boozer? It was emotional
I’ll miss you mate. I love you xxxxx
PS- if you’re watching – Boozy dooo!