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Captain Haddock +++ Updated +++

I received an email today which brought terribly sad news of Captain Haddock … a regular contributor and friend of the Max Farquar blog. Here is the salient portion of the email :

My Father is Captain Haddock and I wanted to let you know that he passed away suddenly on 10th July.  He was proud of his contribution to your site and showed me a lot of his posts. Can you please let all that knew of him, of his passing?

I have, of course, replied to Captain Haddock’s daughter expressing my shock and terrible sadness at her sudden loss. Personally, I feel absolutely stunned so I can only imagine how she must be feeling. I’ve been so lucky to have ‘met’ many decent and honest people, during the last 4 or 5 years of blogging, and the good Cap’n was right there at the top. A highly valued contributor to my blogs and, as I observed during our regular emails, a considerate and intelligent person who I easily grew to respect immensely.

RIP Captain Haddock max farquar blog blogging free speech absent friends comments

Captain Haddock’s contributions to this blog, and many others in the blogging world will be sorely missed. Always perceptive, straight to the point and more often than not … humourous and the great thing about the internet is that all his posts and comments will forever remain available for all to read. I thought it would be apt to reproduce one of his finest comments here but, on checking, he has left nearly 1700 of them on the Max Farquar blog alone. Good grief! I think we’d better jot down ‘prolific’ as one of the Cap’n’s attributes too ;-)

So … too many to choose from but I’ve selected one from a few weeks ago, which is just as topical following today’s news, as it was on the original post where it first appeared :

… I’d agree totally that a free press is both desirable and essential, however, I think there’s a mahoosive difference between a “free” press and one which by a combination of devious and oft illegal methods intrudes into the private lives of ordinary members of the public .. I’m thinking here of the allegations surrounding the hacking of the Dowler family phones ..

Its one thing to “publish and be damned” if the press has concrete evidence to support allegations of illegal activities .. but quite another to use information which has been obtained by highly questionable methods ..

With regard to Murdoch, I think he’s far from being the complete “innocent” and defender of free speech he might wish to appear and is more than capable of taking care of himself ..

I’m certainly shedding no tears at seeing the rats fighting in the sack .. those members of the press, newspaper proprietors, politicans, public servants and policemen (who should have known better) were happy enough to cosy-up together .. now, having been found out, must expect to get what they deserve .. and, in the minds of most right-thinking people, its not going to be sympathy ..

Well … Cap’n, I know you didn’t believe in all that sky pixie nonsense but I’ll be raising a toast in your general direction, wherever that may be.

Captain Haddock. RIP.

Thanks for the memories ;-)

To an absent friend …. cheers!

.

UPDATE 26th July

I have been in contact with his daughter again, so will endeavour to update this post with further details later today. In the meantime, thank you all for your kind comments … I know they will mean a great deal to Captain Haddock’s family at this awful time.

UPDATE 2 26th July

I understand from Captain Haddock’s daughter that he suffered a massive heart attack which, mercifully, took him instantly. I also have details of the funeral arrangements which take place in Grimsby on August 3rd. The family are not expecting any of us to attend, but a justgiving.com page has been set up in his memory. His daughter tells me that he wasn’t into flowers and girly stuff, but he was immensely proud to have been a Royal Marine and exceptionally proud of her husband being a serving soldier … currently in Afghanistan. Therefore, she knows he would be touched if anyone wishes to donate to Help for Heroes via the just giving.com page.

So, if any regular Max Farquar readers (or other bloggers) would like further details or would like to contact the Cap’n’s daughter direct … then just drop me a line at the usual email address and I’ll let you have the details.

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73 comments

  1. Very sad news. Great commentary by the Captain ever since I’ve been a reader. Some real belly laughs sometimes.

    For some bizarre and unknown reason his line about “laying a dockyard pizza” never seems to leave my mind.

    May he RIP…

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  2. Shocking news and I hardly know what to say. He will be sorely missed indeed. I thoroughly agree with your sentiments, Max; a worthy tribute which no doubt sums up what most of us here will be feeling. This country can ill afford to lose people of CH’s calibre.
    RIP, Skip… :(

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  3. Awww, that is very sad news. It is very nice that his daughter let you and your readers know of Cap’tn’s going to be with the Lord.

    He always had such smart and entertaining comments.
    I’m glad they all will live on forever on the internet and your blog. RIP Captain Haddock, you will be missed.
    God Bless you and your family. I know he’s raising a glass and smiling down at us.

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  4. May your God be with you Captain H. RIP.

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  5. Dazed & Confused

    R.I.P. good Captain.

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  6. His earthy insightful humour will be missed.

    Glad it was sudden, just hope it wasn’t a bus.

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  7. Robert the Biker

    Poor old Haddock; he will be sadly missed.
    He was very knowledgeable about motorbikes too.

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  8. My condolences to the family and my great sadness that his wonderful

    “Something Fishy” blog
    http://haddock-somethingfishy.blogspot.co.uk/

    will not be there to inform me of what I need to know. The Captain may not have mentioned it – being modest – but he was a determined investigator, getting behind the media hysteria to bring out the hidden facts of a story.

    I will also greatly miss his sea angling blog which was easily the best guide to shore fishing, always so practical and encouraging as to where and when to try.

    http://haddock-fishyfishy.blogspot.co.uk/

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    • Apologies – it appears that the author of those blogs is not the Captain Haddock who comments here.

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  9. FFS Cap’n – I know you weren’t looking forward to the Olympics but couldn’t you just have gone on holiday or something…?

    Every now and then one is lucky enough to make the acquaintance of a like-minded soul, whether in person or, as here, on a blog site. The Captain was one such for me and we often exchanged e-mails reminiscing about past escapades, the state of the world and what we’d like to see happen to the great and the good. I remember a lively debate we had about the merits or otherwise of the reintroduction of National Service for the yoof of Britain (I was in favour of a modified NS, the Captain was not). Using the kind of remorseless logic of which old Enoch would have been proud, he carefully – and not unkindly – took my case to pieces.

    Many people will not be aware that the Captain was an artist of some talent too. No – not a piss-artist … well, that too perhaps :-) He once sent me a picture of a tiger which was quite simply beautiful. He had somehow managed to capture the soul of the animal, the look of powerful implacability and its refusal to back up an inch. Unconsciously, the Captain had painted a self-portrait…

    You will be missed, Old Un, and I will be raising a bottle of Pussers to you tonight … if you don’t drop by I will assume you are carousing with old friends :-)

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    • Many people will not be aware that the Captain was an artist of some talent too. No – not a piss-artist … well, that too perhaps :-) He once sent me a picture of a tiger which was quite simply beautiful. He had somehow managed to capture the soul of the animal, the look of powerful implacability and its refusal to back up an inch. Unconsciously, the Captain had painted a self-portrait…

      VERY WELL SAID, EARWIG!

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    • Many of Captain Haddock’s most beautiful landscapes appear on his Wiltshire Flag blog.

      http://wiltshireflag.blogspot.co.uk/

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      • Apologies – it appears that the author of those blogs is not the Captain Haddock who comments here.

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        • You seem to be having an off day, WoaR…

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        • I tried to talk him into starting his own blog a few years ago, WoaR, but he was quite content with commenting on other blogs and didn’t want to have his own – I think that’s probably why you’re having trouble finding his website – I’m pretty sure there isn’t one.

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    • If there’s one positive aspect to this sad loss (there often is in these cases, mercifully) then it’s that at least the Cap’n got his timing spot on by pegging out before the Olympics. That’s what he would have wanted, I reckon.

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  10. Like you, Max. I am greatly saddened by the news that the good old Cap’n has passed away.

    He was also a regular contributor to my blog and in my opinion enhanced it greatly with his often incisive wit. I enjoyed the banter that we occasionally entered into (whether we agreed on the subject in question or not!)

    I certainly feel that the stuff I publish will suffer from his lack of contributions in the future. I never met the man – which in the 21st century is not unusual – but counted him as a friend and certainly a valuable member of the blogging community. Please pass on my condolences to the family.

    I shall likewise raise a glass. RIP Cap’n!

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  11. This is awful news. I always enjoyed his comments. An intelligent and thoughtful man.

    My condolences to all those who knew and loved him.

    CR.

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  12. I am also saddened, Captain Haddock often replied to my posts on Max’s blog and we were always in agreement. please accept my deepest condolences for your loss. It is always difficult to get the measure of a man through the comments section of a blog, but I liked the man.

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  13. A sad loss always enjoyed reading his comments.

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  14. Bye, bye, Cap’n and thank you for your comments. Always good value.

    Condolences to his family.

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  15. RIP Capt. Haddock and condolences to the family.

    The blogging community, its readers and commentators are matter and resonate.

    Those that mostly read appreciate those bloggers that investigate and expose what is questionable, rotten and corrupt.

    Thanks to Capt. Haddock and the force of this community, evil finds it harder to prosper when good men act.

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    • Typo! (rogue ‘are’)

      “The blogging community, its readers and commentators matter and resonate.”

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  16. Bugger – that’s terrible news. I thought he hadn’t been commenting as much this past few weeks, presumably he had been ill before passing away?

    It’s very kind of his daughter to let you know, and I pass on my sincere condolences for her and the families loss.

    He will not be forgotten.

    RIP Captain.

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  17. Very sad news indeed. I always looked forward and enjoyed to read his intelligent and thoughtful comments. My condolences to his family, may you rest peacefully Cap’n and thank you.

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  18. Sincere And Direct……Never Enough Wise Scribes.

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  19. I’m going to miss the old bugger’s “forthright” comments, but he has left us with some classic lines…….

    “she looks like her face has been on fire and someone has put it out with a Pusser’s shovel” being one of my favourites.

    So long Cap’n, hope you’ve taken your pipe and bottle of rum with you… just in case.

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  20. Very sad news

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  21. Large Pussers to whistle the Captain to the fleet in the yonder…………

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  22. I’ll miss him – I always knew I was on a good blog when I saw one of his comments.

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  23. Thanks for the update Max, and it’s a relief to hear he didn’t suffer. Can you post the Just Giving link? I would naturally like to make a donation, and I know that it has the facility for comments.

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    • No worries MD … have just sent you an email with the details ;-)

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      • I should have read your 2nd update more carefully before rushing into print. Not easy when you’re trying to look through tear stained eyes…

        Thanks for the email.

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  24. I wonder if there is an “internet cafe” in heaven?

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  25. I would never of believed I would become so sad about a dear friend I never met. Captain, thank you for your insight and sometimes guidance. You will be sorely missed. Would his family please accept my deepest condolences for your loss. I will also raise a glass to the Captain tonight. RIP dear friend you will not be forgotten.

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  26. A sad, sad loss of a perceptive & amusing commenter.

    As MD remarks, a swift finale is the best that all of us can hope for.

    It was kind of the Capns daughter to notify you, & you to pass on the sad news to all your readers.

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  27. Sad to read this news. We need more of these honest and perceptive commentators.

    Now can we have something to cheer us up? (Not the Olympics).

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  28. Hog Day Afternoon

    The dear old Captain dropped by my place on occasions. I was always pleased to see him. it was a rare treat.

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  29. Little Haddock

    Thank you, all so very much for the touching comments about my Dad, some have made me cry and some have had me giggling!

    He was one in a billion and no doubt poor St Peter has already been bollocked for not having his lists in order…

    Once we’ve said goodbye next week, I shall be giving ‘blogging’ a whirl. I will never fill Dad’s boots (he was a 10 & I’m only a 6), but I shall do my best and fear not, I have a whole catalogue of his favourite sayings…

    Thanks again

    Little Haddock

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    • And you will be more than welcome, have no fear of that.

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    • Great news about the blogging LH! Your father would be proud of you and I’m certainly looking forward to you carrying on a fine tradition ;-)

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    • LH – best news of the day :-)

      Mind you, if I was to KTB today and Caratacus-mi was to take over, I blanch at what the bugger would write …

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  30. Bummer in the summer. I enjoyed reading his comments – irreverent, amusing, perceptive and independent. Not one to subscribe to the prevailing orthodoxy as laid down by TPTB. There are sadly too few of his calibre around these days.

    He will be missed on all the blogs that he graced with his presence.

    A glass will be raised. Probably two…

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  31. You always assumed that his comments would be good reading.

    He had the knack of observing and commenting from an entirely new angle.

    Sad news this.

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  32. Am so shocked and saddened to hear this news. Sadly due to work I’ve not been able to log onto MF for several weeks. Please pass on my best to Captain Haddock’s family – I loved reading his insights into life and modern Britain. He was always so succinct and had his finger on the pulse of what we were all thinking.

    Sadly missed x

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  33. Deeply sorry to hear this sad news .

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  34. Good night old sport, God bless and may your God go with you.

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  35. All Seeing Eye

    The Captain was a man who was always thinking of others.

    I am/was in the middle of tracking down an ex-Marine friend of his who died here in Gibraltar harbour whilst diving many years ago and all he wanted to do was say Hello to the relatives of his oppo …and he realised that I could help track them down. He just had the attitude that doing something good like that was natural and unexceptional.

    It isn’t.

    Thoughtful and considerate. Insightful and witty. Clever and cutting.

    RIP

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  36. I’m totally stunned, Max – I haven’t been around much, myself, recently so I’ve only just seen this and I’m so sorry to be reading this news. :-(

    He really was one of the good guys.

    RIP, Cap’n.

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    • Yes, dreadful. I was starting to get a tad worried about you Spidey … very glad to see that you’re still about ;-)

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  37. I am sorry to be so late to this…..the Captains loss to the blogosphere will be sorely felt by us all I am sure, a gentleman with a razor sharp insight and a way of drawing a thought and smile provoking line through any subject, revealed I believe a rare and subtle intelligence.
    Journey in peace Captain H…
    My deepest condolences to all the family and friends and may I take this opportunity to welcome ‘Little Haddock’ to the world her father helped to make both informative and fun…

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