A friend in need is a real friend in deed.
This is an homage to my friend Colin Tolworthy.
On the 19th. April 2020 my friend Colin Tolworthy died of the COVID-19 virus at the UCH in London.
How we became friends over a period of 9 months is a mystery?
Eric, friends with a Canon! Very strange! But they say that ‘God works in strange ways’ and he certainly did a good job on me.
From the very first moment that I took my place at Breakfast at “The Charterhouse” and had passed the Inquisition, from the other 3 Brothers at the table,Colin just gave me a smile and nod to just ignore it all. He was dressed in his Cassock, so I gathered he was off somewhere to perform a service. One of his favorite places, was the St.Alban’s Church at 18 Brooke St. Holborn. Unfortunately he was not able to attend my Baptism which was ordained by the Reverend Robin Isherwood, preacher of “The Charterhouse”. 23-12-19
Colin had such a busy schedule. But the following day when he took the service in the Chapel at Charterhouse, he gave me the most exquisite beautiful Gold Leaf Bible. Something I will treasure for ever, and something I use every single day in Chapel.
I would find little presents at my place at mealtimes,handkerchiefs, and books and such, all from Colin. Knowing that I’d lived in Thailand for a while, he would suggest inviting me to a Thai Restaurant for a dinner. Little knowing that I had had Thai Food, till it was coming out of my ears. Still he wasn’t to know that, and he meant well!
We finally went to a new Thai Restaurant that he had found, so we thought we would give it a try. Well! the nearest it had come to Thai Food must have been the bag of Rice that it had bought at the Supermarket! The food was UGH!
I told Colin that I would take him to a French Restaurant in Upper St.Islington called “La Petite Auberge” as I’m sure he would like it, and it was very French. He loved it, and told me that he couldn’t wait to take his friends there. We had become such firm friends.
Of course, he wouldn’t let me pay. He was always like that.
So it was agreed that if he always paid for the food, I would buy all the tickets to the Theatre. He enjoyed the Theatre enormously. So I got us tickets for “End Game” at the Old Vic, for the 10th.March, and we were going to have lunch beforehand at the Union Jack Club at Waterloo.
Unfortunately Colin was ill that day. So I just didn’t go without him. I had also booked for the Musical at the Dominion Theatre, “The Prince of Egypt” for the Matinee, and I promised to take him afterwards to Joe Allen’s Restaurant for dinner . This time it was my treat.
April 6th the night before complete Lock Down at “The Charterhouse”, I had dinner with Colin, just the 2 of us. But he told me he was in no mood for talking, and he had a terrible dry cough. That was the last time we saw one another.
To meet a very good friend and to lose him so quickly, is a hard thing to bare.
But at least I had the honour of knowing him for 9 short months. So I must count myself lucky.
COLIN TOLWORTHY RIP. GOD, BLESS YOU!
My Confirmation in “The Charterhouse Chapel” by the Bishop of Kensington Michael Colclough, with the Reverend Robin Isherwood, who performed my Baptism. My coñfirmation 11-02-20
My Eulogy to my very dear friend Canon Colin Tolworthy. Eric Lindsay.