Veronica , the most beloved wife of Georgepa has finally defeated PSP . She died peacefully in her sleep in the early hours of July 6th . She bore her illness with courage and dignity- she rarely if ever complained ,her only sadness was the things that the illness took away from her like being able to walk on the beach and feel the sand between her toes .

She was a wonderful mother ,grandmother and of course wife .She was creative , feisty ,passionate and compassionate .She was a collector of waifs and strays , an inspiration to many and a rock for others . She was my best friend and I loved her from the day I first saw her when I was seventeen. There is grief in my heart and tears in my eyes but my soul will be one with hers forever .

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  • My Heart is with you :(

  • Darling Georgepa I'm so very sorry and send my sincerest condolences to you and Kate. I'm pleased that Veronica's passing was peaceful. For you and Kate now it's time to grieve at your own pace. Sending much love at this devastating time x

  • Oh Georgepa I am so deeply sorry that you have lost your love and soulmate, she was obviously quite a lady. I send my love to you and your family, I'm sure you will get lots of love and support from your lovely daughter. The next stage in your life will be sad and I guess lonely as you grieve for the lady you obviously adored, be kind to yourself and take things one step at a time.

    Sending you much love

    Kate xxx

  • Dear George and Kate,

    My heartfelt sympathy is with you both, I feel for you and my eyes are full of tears too.

    Such a blessing that Veronica had a peaceful end, it's all that we can hope for, you have both been so strong and I hope that strength will help you through the days to come,

    Thinking of you both, stay in touch if you feel able,

    Much love....Pat xx

  • Hi georgepa

    So sorry for you loss

    Sending love hugs and kisses to all your family

    From the photo you have just put on she looks a beautiful picture

    Sue xx

  • Love and hugs

    Helen xx

  • Dear Georgepa,

    My heart goes out to you and your family. Veronica was an exceptional person and you made a wonderful life together, full of creativity, energy, enterprise and deep and true love. You were wise as well as lucky in finding her, and she as well in you. Your devotion to her has been inspirational. I wish for you what comfort there may be. I know how hard it is to see your beloved go, even after you have struggled and suffered for so long knowing the inevitable end. Thank you for sharing this time with us. You have helped us all. Love and peace, Sarah

  • Good bye Veronica. Thank you for taking care of George for so many years. He loved you so much; and you helped him be creative in his writing as he described the beauty within a sunset or a landscape full of flowers. You gave him meaning Veronica, and he shared that with us. Thank you.

    Dear George, I don't know what to say. All I am doing is reliving my own day and it is not happy. Relief is not always happy....I pray that you soon find happiness and embrace your sadness to become that man ready to go forward in this world...

    Your words are a a gift. I always felt as if a special gift had been given just to me when you would write....thank you...please don't leave this site too soon...many of us are still here and need you....but if you do, thank you master scribe, thank you .

    With much Love and Gratitude,


  • Oh George I am so very sorry to hear your sad news. Veronica was so lucky to have you as her companion. You always managed to see the light side of your life as a carer and you always gave the impression that she was full of fun. I can't imagine where you start to try to live life without your lifelong partner. My husband and I are married for 46 years so it's hard to remember a time without him. My thoughts will be with you during this sad time. Take care and pass on my sympathy to your daughter.


  • Dearest George and Kate - I am so so sorry you lost your Veronica. So much sadness, but remember that you would not be sad if you hadn't had such a wonderful person in your life. Maybe not much comfort now, but it helped me realise how blessed I am to have known my dad for all those years. A smile through the tears.

    With much love,

    Lieve xx

  • Dear George, we are so, so very sorry to read that Veronica has died but it was peaceful, after such a long fight with PSP, no one deserves 'that fight'. All the posts above have beautiful words in them, take support from all of them, no doubt there will be lots more as the days go by, feel the love within them all. The time ahead will be hard but you are a strong man, look for something to have a little smile at each day, even if only a bird singing, a flower blossoming, all of nature will help you. Keep up your writing, take photos which all help - everyone appreciates them all, especially the 'mobility/crutches type ! Take care of yourself and Kate, keep in touch if you can. Jingles xx

  • What a beautiful photo. Thank you for shareing with us. Sorry it's in such sad circumstances. Thinking of you and your family. Love....Brenda. ..x

  • I am so sorry for your loss. What a beautiful picture of her. My prayers are with you. LynnO

  • Oh George I am so sad. Tears falling here. What beautiful words for a lovely lady. She would have been so proud of you. Poor Veronica has had a long fight and so have you and your family. May she be at rest now. Finally free of this curse that is PSP.

    Marie x

  • George love,it's all been said already but just wanted to add my wishes.Look after yourself no swinging on those crutches.Pxxx

  • So sorry to hear your news.......

    Take care.

    Patrick .

  • Dear George, I am so sorry to hear your sad news. You have been an inspiration to many with your beautifully written posts, often describing the humour of a situation despite very dark times. May the peace and beauty of Devon help to heal your heart as it does mine.

    Vicki x

  • Hi Vicki, Remember me? Ann, a Wednesday patient at the Hospice?

    Have you moved back to Devon? I do hope that you have found some peace and relief from the grief of losing Derek. I am definitely less mobile than I was, much stiffer but otherwise reasonably ok -ish. Mood not good when things don't work out as I want them to but I have always been a control freak.

    We are hoping to move soon to a retirement apartment in Cranbrook which is super and will help us both - my husband has not been that well this year although he seems to have recovered and has been very active recently clearing out his workroom, the greenhouse etc and taking it all to the tip. Frustratingly, we have not yet exchanged contracts although we and our buyers are ready. There seems to be a problem with the solicitors acting for their buyers; at least we hope it is just that the solicitor is unbelievably slow rather than it being their client dragging feet. My mood is not helped by this, as you can imagine.

    Best wishes

    Ann xx

  • Ann, of course I remember you. Derek so enjoyed his 'chats' with you at the hospice. I haven't moved back to Devon and am still in Kent but I do go West quite frequently to visit friends and my sister and mother. Mother still in her own home aged 101 but with increasing amounts of help.

    I am pleased you are still getting on OK and that you have plans to move to suitable accommodation that you both like. I do hope it all comes together soon.

    Best wishes


  • George and Kate you are in my thoughts and prayers. May you take comfort in her peaceful passing and have courage for the next path you have to travel. Jane xx

  • As ever George such beautiful words, I wish you well and send my love

    Victoria x

  • Very sorry for your loss xx

  • Dear Georgepa, it's so sad. Even though we prepare ourselves for this, we can't prepare ourselves for the way we will feel when our soul mates leave us but I do think they never really do. V was your life and memories of your life together will be with you foe ever.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and Kate and I hope that one day you will be able to live life to the full again and know there is life after PSP and that all your memories will be happy ones, before PSP.

    With my love

    Nanna B / Bev


  • Beautiful words so sorry for your loss sending love and hugs xxx

  • Dear George, thank you for sharing the lovely photo of your beautiful wife/best friend. My sincere condolences to you and Kate and I pray you will be given comfort and strength for the days ahead. Lots of love Nanny857. xx

  • George and Kate, my heart goes out to you both, so sorry for your loss. V is in a much better place away from this horrible illness, rest in peace V. From your photo you look love a beautiful amazing lady. Yvonne xxxxx

  • George, so sorry for your loss.

    You and Veronica so clearly had a very special, long and loving relationship and the loss will be hard to bear. I know you will survive because you have so clearly inner resources - not the least Kate !

    Thank you for so often sharing beauty and humour. I know that must have been an important part of your partnership. She sounds lovely and inspiring.

    Big hug from Jean x

  • Dear GeorgePa, I am so sorry for your loss. My heartfelt sympathy and prayers to you and your family. At the same time, I want to thank Veronica for helping us all "meet" you. You are a blessing and inspiration to us all, with your humor, finding beauty in the world, reading your lovely posts.

    May God hold you in the palm of His hand.


  • With you both every step of the way!

    Lots of love


  • Much love and strength to you and your family and friends of V.

    May she now be flying free as a bird to watch over you until you meet again.


  • Dear Georgepa and Kate, am so sorry to hear your news of Veronica's passing. She looks everything you describe in your beautiful photo.

    My thoughts go out to you both and your family.

    Big hugs

    Jen xxx xxx

  • I'm never sure as to what to write, I don't believe that any words could lesson yours and your daughters pain of losing your beloved V as I have come to know her as.

    Across the pond hugs to you George and Kate.

    Dee in BC

  • My sincere condolences to you, I kid myself that I am doing my grieving during Rog's decline but we are convincing no one are we!

    Rest well Veronica, another star in the sky,

    Julie x

  • Such beautiful words. Sincere condolences. J

  • Reading this made me cry so deeply sorry for your loss so very sorry god bless you

  • So sad Georgepa. Thoughts and prayers are with you. X

  • Thinking of you all at this very sad time xx

  • Words fail me. Very sorry georgepa and Kate. Wish you strength.

  • What sad news, my heart goes out to you. She looks like a wonderful lady, such a lovely photo. You will carry her forever in your heart, just as I do Billy.

    Sending love Beverley

  • Dear George, although we haven't been in personal contact, I have always found your letters very impressive.

    Now that your beloved wife has passed away, a new life will start for you. And it won't be easy. But I guess you know that. Words seem to falter and fail me in my attempt to console you. I can only hope and pray that the good lord will take good care of you. And don't stop being part of the PSP community.

    Je t'embrasse, Anne Baer

  • George many condolences and good wishes at this time of grief. Remember Veronica as she was before PSP she will always be with you. Remember also she would want you to start life again (well once the leg heals). Take your time but move forward.

    My thoughts and best wishes are with you at this time. Tim

  • So sorry George., please stay with us and keep us entertained.

  • So very sorry for your loss.

    I have only been linked to this site for a relatively short time but your posts have always been comforting, supportive and informative, thank you!

    Sending lots of love at your most saddest of times

  • Wonderful words for a wonderful lady. Thoughts are with you and your family.


  • I am so sorry to read that Veronica has died but her passing was peaceful and she is now freed from this awful disease. I hope that the memories of many happy years will gradually lessen your sense of loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. K

  • What a beautiful photo

    So very sorry for your loss sending love and hugs look after yourselves at this difficult time


  • So sòrry for youŕ loss. I hope you will continue to write on here.

  • I'm so sorry. Love and prayers to you and your family.

  • Dear George,

    Your soul and hers will be together again. You have been an inspiration and so dear with your love. I wish I had as many years as you have had, life goes in a flash and it's never enough when you love someone.

    Blessings to you and yours.


  • Beautiful photograph, I'm sorry for your loss but you will be taking comfort that she is free of this illness, I'm sure x

  • So sorry for your pain. She was beautiful. I'm sure you have so many memories of joy and laughter may God bless you with joy.❤️💐

  • So very sorry for your loss. You loved her completely and what a gift and privilege that must have been. Thinking of you during this difficult time xx

  • I'm so sad to hear of your beautiful wife's passing. My prayers to you and Kate in your time of need. Many ((((Hugs)))) coming your way. Thank you for sharing your journey with us.

  • Thank you for sharing your wonderful stories with us. My truly hard times are just beginning and your strength and dedication to your wonderful V have been inspiring. She sounds like she was quite a gal!

  • Thinking of both you and Kate at this difficult time. 💕


  • So so sorry George. Sending you love and strength X

  • Our hearts are with you.


    Liz and Kevin


  • So very sorry, Georgepa. Can't really think of anything else to say, apart, that is, I do hope that your strong spirit will help you through this difficult time.


  • Oh George, I'm sending a very belated 'I'm so sorry' you and Veronica have often been in my thoughts even though I've not been on the site much lately

    Debbie xx

  • Thanks Debbie - its strange isn't it I feel as though I am losing friends who I have been through so much with yet never met .. I suppose its inevitable and when you go on the site there are alot of new people and your heart goes out to them as you realise they are starting on the same awful journey that we have all been through and they are asking the same innocent questions we asked .It's almost too much to bear.

    Georgepa x

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