To everyone that attended the funeral... a big HUGE thank you to all of you for that, it was truly overwhelming to see so many people and also really a pleasure to have Joel's name connected with laughter as well as tears on the day. I'm glad and very touched that he meant so much to all of you!
|Coming to MY funeral.... oooooh Matron!|
Nikkii and Michael Burton
Dawn and Vance Raskiewicz
Gateshead Health Service
Paul and Deborah
Gloria and Tom Gibbs (and Angela and Andy McDowell)
Roger and Val
Joan and Jim
Gill, Matt and Cian Slane
Kevin, Angela and the boys
Ivor, Mary and family
Elsie and Brian Story
Paul and Verna
Bill Quay Methodist Church
Vanya and Steve
Pauline and Alan Davey
Audrey and Gary
Norman, Kerry and Family Evans
Brian, Maureen, John, Michael and Adele Evans
Linda, Tasmin and Zarin
Rachel Gulliver (aka Rachy * Gee)
Peter, Anne and family
Angela (Matt Bishop's Mam)
Julie Heppel (Joel's counsellor)
Chi Chip Tang
Helen Pringle and Mark Turnbull
SPECIAL thanks go to Helen and Mark for the 'Name a Star' there is now a star out there called Joel Thomas Milburn!, To Mustang for the bracelet and continued letters of encouragement both to Joel and myself, and to the following for support in person and online:
Mam, Dad and Sophie -
Don't know where I would have been this last month or so without you all.... love you to bits! *MWAH*
Bryan Woodley -
Little brother, dunno what I can say. Words cannot express how much I appreciate your support. Love ya!
Norman, Carl, Kris and Melissa -
What can I say... you're always, have always and will always be there for me.
Sis, you are a sweetheart, and glad I have someone to really talk to about some 'things' ;o) you know what I mean!
Thanks for being there for me buddy!!
Thanks for the long chats on Facebook!
Where would I be without my emergency music finder at 1am LOL... love ya rock Sis.... ROCK ON!!! (oh and thanks for calling me a hero, just ordering the gold pants, bullet reflecting wristbands and tiara now!!)
Thanks for being so close, literally and emotionally, so I can just 'pop over' if I need a hug!! Love to you and the kids xx
Helen and Mark -
For the star thing and for your continued support. xx
Nikkii B -
Also for late night chats, texts and general support.
For chats, texts, and random post to cheer me up!
Last, but definitely not least, Rachel and Olly -
For love, trips planned, huge photo and everything else. Love ya muchly!!
If I've missed anyone please PLEASE accept my apologies, thanks and gratefulness for having such
My most enduring memories of Joel will probably be of his opposing qualities. The joking, loud, boisterous friend of parties and nightclubs, making everyone laugh when he let us put his hair in bunches adorned with pretty ribbons at the Mayfair. And the friend of quieter moments like his Handfasting to Polly last September when his mask dropped and he looked close to tears as he swore to love her forever. I'm so glad I could share that day with them, and see Joel and Polly so happy together. It's a memory I'll always cherish.
And for Gilly a picture of Joel trying - but failing - to look innocent...
|But, but, but I do look sweet, even if not innocent, don't I?!|
And now mine:
|Joel with Sophie, the sister he adored. Another pic of these two laughing themselves silly and no-one has a clue what about (even them I mean!!)|