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#1 David Beard

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Posted 18 October 2008 - 07:44

I have received the following message from Pete's girl friend Emma...

"Thought you'd want to know, Pete has passed away. Happened suddenly and as you can imagine we are all in a state of shock.

His funeral is on Friday 24th, 2pm at York crematorium.

Perhaps you could pass this message on to the people on TNF for me."

This is so sad. Pete was only about 40, I believe. One of TNF's finest contributors.

My condolences to all of his family and friends.

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#2 Rob Ryder

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Posted 18 October 2008 - 07:54

What a shock.. and so young :cry:

My condolences to his family and friends.

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#3 Adam F

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Posted 18 October 2008 - 07:56

How very sad.

R.I.P.

#4 sterling49

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Posted 18 October 2008 - 08:00

Unbelievable, so very sad, I never met Pete, but he sent me information on books on many occassions and was incredibly knowledgeable on so many subjects, not only motorpsport. Condolences to his family.

A lesson to us all to live each minute of every day to the full. I am stunned. :(

#5 FredF1

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Posted 18 October 2008 - 08:10

I saw the thread title and knew it wouldn't be good news.


My condolences to his family and friends.


He'll be sadly missed.

#6 Stephen W

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Posted 18 October 2008 - 08:13

Originally posted by FredF1
I saw the thread title and knew it wouldn't be good news.


My condolences to his family and friends.


He'll be sadly missed.


I had the same sinking feeling when I saw the thread title.

I never met Pete other than on this forum. He was a great contributor and one who I respected. He will, as so many have already said, be sorely missed.

:(

#7 bigears

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Posted 18 October 2008 - 08:16

I am in shock. He was a good contributor into this forum. :(

My condolences to the people close to him.

R.I.P Pete.

#8 MCS

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Posted 18 October 2008 - 08:48

This is terrible news. His contributions here have been valued by us all, of that I'm certain.

I've also regularly read his excellent reviews on amazon and elsewhere and to say that he will be missed is an understatement.

As Sterling has already said, live each minute of every day to the full...

#9 Vitesse2

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Posted 18 October 2008 - 08:51

Speechless. :eek:

Again - I never met him in "real life", but he was a TNF contributor of the highest class, whose eclectic and wide-ranging knowledge and good humour will be sadly missed around this place.

RIP Pete.

#10 Alan Cox

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Posted 18 October 2008 - 08:52

Very sad news indeed. I only met Pete (briefly) once, at the Aintree revival but have read, and learned from, his multitude of exceptionally erudite postings on TNF.

A quick "Google" search reveals thousands of references to Pete and his vast range of interests and enthusiasms (mostly way above my head, I have to confess) and shows the affection and respect in which he was held by his peers.

His humour comes across in virtually every post that he made, and I particularly liked his occupation, as listed on flickr : tea-drinker, deep thinker and professional pessimist, now being a little ray of sunshine in the digital TV industry

R.I.P. Pete

#11 Coral

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Posted 18 October 2008 - 08:53

I'm very sad to hear this news. I read many of Pete's book reviews on Amazon and when I joined this forum I was pleased to see his posts here.

R.I.P. Pete, I haven't been on TNF for very long, but I'll miss you...

:( :cry:

#12 Doug Nye

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Posted 18 October 2008 - 08:54

The sentiments expressed above are exactly mine right now and I cannot express them better. Shocked to hear this news...all our sympathies to Emma...

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#13 fines

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Posted 18 October 2008 - 09:25

Oh sh...

Shocked. Speechless. Like many of you I saw the thread title, and it instantly spoiled my day.

My condolences to Emma and all his beloved.

#14 ensign14

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Posted 18 October 2008 - 09:31

Oh God. Dreadful news. 40 is no age. Thoughts to his family and friends.

I'll miss him.

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#15 doc knutsen

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Posted 18 October 2008 - 09:36

Awful, just awful news. I have met Pete and Emma in real life, as well as shared our enthusiasm for motor racing on this forum, and on ras f1. My thoughts are with Emma and everybody else who has suffered this untimely loss.

#16 Felix Muelas

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Posted 18 October 2008 - 09:50

Pete Fenelon was a true gentleman.

He was out there on the Net since the beginning, even before TNF existed...

I remember him from the early days of the rec.autos groups, always interested in everything, always willing to accept different opinions whilst being extremelly interested in putting forward his own.

More than twelve years reading and appreciating someone even in this virtual world is a lot of time. I feel so sorry for his girlfriend and family and also for us. We lost someone really special. :cry:

We will not forget you, Pete. :(

#17 David McKinney

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Posted 18 October 2008 - 10:00

I can only echo the sentiments others have expressed
His book reviews here and elsewhere were my buying guide
And of course my thoughts are with Emma, his family and friends

#18 ghinzani

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Posted 18 October 2008 - 10:02

This is awful news, his posts were a joy to read. 40 is no age at all, rest in peace Pete :(

#19 Bjorn Kjer

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Posted 18 October 2008 - 10:12

I am sad. I especially enjoyed his book opinions. Condolence to his family.

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#20 WHITE

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Posted 18 October 2008 - 10:21

Originally posted by bigears
I am in shock. He was a good contributor into this forum. :(

My condolences to the people close to him.

R.I.P Pete.



Same here :cry:

#21 Hieronymus

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Posted 18 October 2008 - 10:24

Never had personal contact, but he was a chap that was always willing to help with information...not on request, but on his own initiative. A true enthusiast. My sincerest condolences to his family.

#22 uechtel

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Posted 18 October 2008 - 10:26

I am very sad to read this. I always enjoyed his contributions.

#23 bradbury west

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Posted 18 October 2008 - 10:54

Very sad news. I always enjoyed his posts, and I envied his ability to do so much in life. I always recall his objective, yet derisive, Ron-speak view of Tilkedromes, see link below, just brilliant, post 123.
http://forums.autosp...y=&pagenumber=4
with sadness
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#24 COUGAR508

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Posted 18 October 2008 - 11:01

This is very sad news. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

#25 Richard Jenkins

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Posted 18 October 2008 - 11:31

I have to echo Ensign's sentiments.

I did have contact with Pete, in "real life", about 4 or 5 years ago. He was so friendly, enthusiastic, clearly intelligent, but had that skill of being intelligent but able to express himself in easy to understand terms for dunces like me.

I am so stunned at the moment, I am really unable to recall some of my favourite posts of Pete's, but I do remember his huge affection for trains, his wry, dry wit, genuine enthusiasm & curiousity, and that intelligence made simple for the masses.

To think we shall never have another post on TNF from him saddens me greatly.

Thoughts & sincere condolences with his family & friends on this incredibly sad day.

RIP.
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#26 Gary Davies

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Posted 18 October 2008 - 11:39

Shocking. Tragic. My thoughts are with Emma.

#27 Catalina Park

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Posted 18 October 2008 - 11:53

I always thought that a Commer TS3 had a magical sound but Pete convinced me of the pure music of the Napier Deltec.
Thanks Pete for all your great posts.

#28 Macca

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Posted 18 October 2008 - 11:54

Terrible news. I'm sorry I shall never meet him. My deepest condolences to his family and friends....... :cry:

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#29 DOHC

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Posted 18 October 2008 - 12:05

Very sad news. RIP Pete. We miss you.

#30 Option1

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Posted 18 October 2008 - 12:10

I can only echo all those posts above. For me, Pete was one of those mainstays around which this forum is built. He will be missed.

My sincere condolences to Emma and his friends and family.

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#31 FLB

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Posted 18 October 2008 - 12:40

I'm in shock. I just don't know what to say, except my sincere condoleances to his family and friends.

#32 Jack-the-Lad

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Posted 18 October 2008 - 12:56

Very sad news. I never met Peter but always enjoyed reading his posts. May his family be comforted.

Jack.

#33 Paul Parker

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Posted 18 October 2008 - 13:50

I can only concur with all the preceding sentiments.

How dreadful and my sincerest condolences for those directly related/involved with Pete.

R.I.P.

#34 Kerb Bouncer

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Posted 18 October 2008 - 14:04

Terrible news. I am more a reader in this realm than a poster, but I always could count on Pete Fenelon to be quick, sharp, and entertaining. Condolences to Emma and to his family

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#35 red stick

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Posted 18 October 2008 - 14:12

How sad. Whenever I saw that Pete had posted, on whatever subject, I clicked to see what he had to say. You could always count on him for thoughtful commentary, or just dry wit, and I will miss him.

#36 rwills

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Posted 18 October 2008 - 14:23

Extremely sad news indeed. So many of the books I have purchased were from his reviews and recommendations. Condolences to his loved ones.

#37 Rob G

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Posted 18 October 2008 - 14:30

Sad, shocking news. Pete was a very valuable contributor to our community and will be sorely missed. My condolences go out to all his family and friends.

#38 kayemod

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Posted 18 October 2008 - 14:32

A sign of the times I suppose, that we're saddened by the loss of a man we only knew through the internet, but we'll all miss him none the less for that. At least all his reviews will remain to enlighten us, I very rarely disagreed with Pete about a book.

#39 Barry Boor

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Posted 18 October 2008 - 14:44

Along with Alan Cox, I only met Pete at Aintree but feel that I have lost a friend.

This is terribly sad news and once again the saying returns, life is just not fair!

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#40 EcosseF1

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Posted 18 October 2008 - 14:48

Terribly sad news. I only knew Pete from his posts on here but they were always worth reading. RIP.

#41 David Beard

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Posted 18 October 2008 - 14:59

I knew Pete at the RASF1 forum before either of us were aware of TNF.

The condolences and tributes are flowing there too...

http://groups.google...c7afe3f6?hl=en#

And just for the record, as well as making over 4000 posts here, Pete posted 247 book reviews on Amazon...

http://www.amazon.co...f=cm_aya_bb_rev

I never could grasp why one of the magazines didn't grab his talent.

#42 stuartbrs

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Posted 18 October 2008 - 15:43

oh that is terrible

:-(

#43 Carles Bosch

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Posted 18 October 2008 - 15:48

What an awful day... first, the great Pat Moss, now Pete... :( :( :(

My deepest condolences.


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#44 Gert

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Posted 18 October 2008 - 17:43

Very sad news. :cry:

R.I.P. Pete

#45 RAP

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Posted 18 October 2008 - 17:57

My condolences to all friends and family. He will be much missed on this forum
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#46 FLB

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Posted 18 October 2008 - 19:01

Originally posted by David Beard
I knew Pete at the RASF1 forum before either of us were aware of TNF.

The condolences and tributes are flowing there too...

http://groups.google...c7afe3f6?hl=en#

And just for the record, as well as making over 4000 posts here, Pete posted 247 book reviews on Amazon...

http://www.amazon.co...f=cm_aya_bb_rev

I never could grasp why one of the magazines didn't grab his talent.

A list of his posts here:

http://forums.autosp...rder=descending

Just goes to show the loss that TNF has suffered... :(

#47 O Volante

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Posted 18 October 2008 - 19:09

I very much enjoyed reading his contributions at TNF. Deepest condolences to his family and friends.

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Posted 18 October 2008 - 19:09

I have received the following message from Pete's girl friend Emma...

My condolences to all of his family and friends.


:cry:

I am speechless and in a state of complete shock. Pete was and *will always be* an inspiration for me. I never got to know him in person, but every post I exchanged with him was special, I learnt a lot. He had all the time and answers to my questions. A terrific poster, a great sense of humor, very original, very knowledgeable, someone whom I always looked forward to reading, meeting.

My heartfelt condolences to Emma, his family and friends. R.I.P Pete

#49 Hieronymus

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Posted 18 October 2008 - 19:27

I discovered this on Pete...a remarkable CV:

http://www.irkthepur...uk/fenelon.com/

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Posted 18 October 2008 - 20:04

Jeez, he could make me smile even with his website address (it's a Half Man Half Biscuit songtitle). :D :(