My condolences are offered to Uncle Tom’s wife, Kathleen, who has had Alzheimer’s for the past couple of years, and his two sons, Nigel and Russell and their wives and families. Please God, may they be comforted in their loss and grant them strength with the difficult times ahead.
The one thing Uncle Tom and I had in common was our love of a good song. Uncle Tom undoubtedly possessed the finest voice in the Fanning family. Uncle Tom loved his life, and all his endeavours were given to the love of his wife and the welfare of his family. For him, ‘Love changed Everything’ when he met Kathleen and started courting her. Only then did his happiness in England truly begin.
As a growing teenager, Uncle Tom, you frequently sang to me (even when I didn’t want you to). In fond remembrance of those early years when you lived at my parent’s house and thereby deprived me of my own bedroom for three years by your presence, I sing you your final song, ‘Love Changes Everything’.
God bless you, Uncle Tom, and say hello to my mum and dad when you next see them. Your nephew Billy Forde and Sheila x
Love and peace Bill xxx