Thursday, 17 March 2011

Beloved Dad

Hi everyone,

Sorry to say that my father Gerald passed away on the 16th of March after becoming very poorly the week before, I know he will be missed by all of you.

Jonathan Grimes.


  1. Jonathan, you have my heartfelt sympathies. This is such a shock and yes, your father will be very sadly missed by this regular visitor to his blog, along with many others.

    I kept dropping by because I was charmed by the free-spirited honesty of the posts, the narrative photography, choice of music and, of course, the paintings.

    So very sad to hear this news. My thoughts are with you and your family.

  2. Oh, sorry.....really devastated.

    I loved your Dad's blog and his paintings...I asked to buy one once but he said, "no sale".
    I shall miss him

    My deep sympathies to you.

  3. Oh, am utterly utterly saddened by this. Your father was such a wonderful visitor to my blog, and always left such sweet comments, although he hasnt visited for a while... I LOVE his paintings, photography, and all his posts. I shall miss him hugely. I send you my best possible wishes, and will be thinking of you and your family. Thank you so much for telling us. xx

  4. Thankyou, Jonathon, for telling us.

    Like the other readers here, I loved the humour and the art.He added rich seasoning to an often bland world.

    Peace to you and your family.

  5. I feel as though I have lost a personal friend. We were of the same age, so I felt I'd grown-up with him in London. We were there at the same time, though, of course, we never met. I found his art-work and his brand of humour most attractive and I will truly miss him in cyberspace. I still have several paintings lined-up to 'versify' (he gave me permission to do this) and I'll be publishing them on my blog in future weeks.

  6. Dear Jonathan,
    you and your family have my deepest sympathy. The loss of your father is a loss for us all - I will miss his beautiful paintings and his witty comics.
    Thank you for telling us.
    And thank you for everything you gave us, Gerald.
    We'll remember you.

  7. Oh Jonathan, I am shocked and saddened by this news, your Father was a rare talent and although I only knew him via blogging I instinctively knew he was a very special man, with a twinkle in his eye. My heart goes out to you and all his family and friends.

  8. Jonathan, I am so sorry. I shall miss his quirky humour and his paintings
    which I loved. I once asked, too, if he would part with a painting and he said, of course, "no sale"! I was in London's Fleet Street about the
    same time, although we didn't meet. He is leaving a wonderful legacy
    of himself in what he could do with pen and paint and then, in later years,
    with the computer. He moved with the times. He must have been as
    thrilled with that as I am!

  9. Yes, Jonathan, he will be missed by us all. You father was a very talented man. My deepest sympathies to your family.

  10. That is very very sad news, a great loss to the blogging world, and to you all, of course. I will certainly miss his humour, his art and his music. My deepest sympathies to you.

  11. Jonathan: So very sad to hear this. I admired his work tremendously and thought of him as a wonderful, witty, friendly, genuinely nice man. His photos of that beautiful woman showed what great love he felt. My sympathies to your family.

  12. What sad news, indeed. His talents will certainly be missed. My sincere sympathies to you and family.

  13. He brought a smile so often and admiration at his many talents always. I had never the opportunity to meet him in person, but I will miss the man I knew from his regular writing and blogging.

  14. Jonathan- thank you for letting us know. Our deepest sympathies to you and your family. We will miss your Dad's humor and creativity.

  15. Sad news to read. Your family will be in my prayers.


  16. Dear Jonathan
    I'm so sorry to hear that. I promised to him to visit him in this spring, but couldn't make it.
    He was a really nice person and took care of me when I was in England. I will miss him so much.
    If possible, I want to send flowers for his funeral. Please write to me the address via email if you don't mind.
    My deepest sympathies to you and your family.

  17. Oh, Yes I understand your feel.

  18. Jonathan.....I paid tribute to your dad on my blog today. You might get some comfort if you know how much he was loved by his virtual friends.

  19. My condolences to you Jonathan, your family and to the friends of Gerald.
    I very much appreciated his artwork, sensibilities and humour.
    He wil be missed by us all.

  20. Dear Jonathan,

    I've just spent a very happy afternoon reading through your lovely Dad's blog, I only found it today. I was feeling a bit down earlier but reading and laughing at all your Dad's cartoons, listening to the music and enjoying all his great artwork has cheered me no end! I thought I'd just write you, to add my tribute and express my sorrow for you at his passing. His personality and kindness simply jumps from these pages and I'm only sorry I didn't get here in time to tell him that myself. He greatly resembled in looks, with grey beard and hair and humour my brother who is also an artist.
    So...sending you and your family my sincere sympathy.


  21. I am so sorry, what a lovely man, his blog alway raised a smile to my lips.
    much love

  22. So sorry for your loss. No matter how old we are or how old they are, it is difficult to lose a parent.

  23. A rare man of excellent taste, good humour, wit & talent...nice to have been able to share his blog...I hope it remains so that we can all revisit...I'm sure he had many "friends' in Australia...sincere sympathy to your family...Kazz

  24. Found your dad's website awhile ago, bookmarked it and came back regularly to visit. There was always something to see or hear (loved the old songs) laugh along with his gentle humour - a true gentleman was what came across about your dad.

    My sympathy to you and your family from a Canadian visitor

  25. I have just found this website, I knew Gerald, Colin, Bruce and Hamish, we were all at school together at Stroud School, Grayswood, Surrey and later at Zeals House in Wiltshire. I have many happy memories of those days, I particularly remember the Trix Trains, playing Monopoly and the freedom we had roaming the woods in the school grounds.