Humphrey died on Monday 22nd May 2019. He was peaceful for several hours beforehand, after a short infection, and surrounded by family. He had recently moved to a nursing home in Leominster, following a fall at home, and a stay in hospital with an infection which left him unable to walk. He had learnt to walk again whilst in the home, with help from the careful attendants.
Despite his dementia, several things remained for Humphrey:
- love of music
- desire to help people, especially refugees
- curiosity about new people
- Quaker values
The thing that made him smile most at the end was live music, whether trumpet, melodeon, piano or dancing from his grandchildren. Almost all of them were able to see him for a family gathering over Easter, from Wales, Germany, Scotland, England and Denmark.
His funeral is tomorrow, and tributes have been pouring in from students, colleagues and friends, which will be lovely to share with those family members, friends and devoted carers who only knew him in later years.
Meanwhile, his first Great-grandchild, Grace, is due to make her appearance today or tomorrow, a fact which her nearly-great grandfather would have found rather moving.