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<<  -- 3 --  Jennifer Paull    THE BELL TOLLS TOO SOON FOR DEREK

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With ever increasing workloads from The Chieftains and so much music to arrange, that he found any time to work on a CD of Irish Music for us both was just typical of the man.

I'm sure we'll work on it together in a better world. Until then, my little brotherhood has lost a shining light of blazing creativity and close family member; The Chieftains have lost irreplaceable wattage, and Irish music, for which he was awarded an MBE for invaluable services, has lost it's most dedicated, erudite, and devoted of flame fanners.

Derek, if they give wings to scallywags, you deserve the fluffiest pair. Please be the first angel to play the oboe d'amore at those Heavenly Gates!

Thank you for shining in all the ways you did, and for giving fun and fizz no matter what the personal, uphill treadmill that was sometimes your own.

I underwent a very painful musical injustice in which Derek drew his sword and slayed the dragon. His middle initial was F for the friend he was, but he should have had three more: G for generosity, C for compassion, and L for loyalty.

Derek Bell, 1935-2002
Derek Bell, 1935-2002

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion. -- Dalai Lama

Derek must be very happy! I just hope there are a few good Pubs up there!

Copyright © 24 October 2002 Jennifer Paull, Vouvry, Switzerland

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