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Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Craig Grumoli

On Saturday 9th February, Paisley RFC will mark the passing of the year since our dear friend Craig Grumoli left us. It may sound like a cliché, but it really doesn’t seem that long. We have a framed picture of Craig grinning at us whenever we enter the clubhouse, looking smug, as only he could, in his nice new club shirt. It serves as a suitable reminder, prompting as it often does many tales of poor unfortunates who have been ‘Grumolied’.

It’s hard to take anything positive from the loss of such a presence from your life but, having known Craig as we did, I we’re all grateful for having known him. It isn't quite so difficult to celebrate his life because it was such fun when he was around and every story sustains the sense of fun. Occasionally I still visit his Facebook page and find that someone has left Craig a message. Strangely, that makes perfect sense to me. He still provides enjoyment for us, simply in the act of remembrance.

So, if it’s all right with you, Saturday night won’t be one of grieving for me. It’ll be a night of laughter, chronically bad renditions of ‘Macho Man’, maybe a tear or two, but above all it will be the celebration he deserves. Thanks Craig for the fun you’re going to provide and thanks again for being our friend.

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