It is with great sadness that we share the news that one of our fabulous volunteers Paul Quigley died last month following complications caused by the Coronavirus.
One of my favourite memories of Paul is the day he volunteered to help us pack 300 boxes that we were sending out to organisations across the whole of the UK.
I had been chatting to him down the Duke of Wellington when he offered his services – a few days later he turned up at my flat.
You should have seen his face as he turned the corner into my lounge and saw the 300 boxes that I had put together the night before ready to be packed with t-shirts, badges and wristbands.
We laughed, the boxes towered over Paul but he wasn’t put off by the task in hand – he took off his jacket and got stuck in counting badges.
It’s very difficult to find the right words to express our sadness at losing Paul, he was one of a kind. Speaking during Paul’s online Funeral Service organised by his brother Kevin his father Gerry said;
“To all your friends Paul, who are all here and across the world, we have never realised, to be perfectly honest, how popular you were,”
Paul was a popular guy, a genuine warm-hearted soul who could be quite outspoken at times. He had a gorgeous smile and the ability to make those around him laugh with his witty observations. He had good circle of friends, both at work and out of work. We often enjoyed a drink and a chat together in Soho and he was involved in the Lewisham LGBT Forum. We went to several meetings together.
Paul did a lot to help people, participating in numerous charity events. He took part in a Beard Aid fundraiser at The Royal Vauxhall Tavern and was one of several people who volunteer to have his beard shaved off to raise money for the Terrence Higgins Trust and GMFA. He joked with me afterwards – “what have I done, I have the face of a baby”.
His brother Kevin has put together a guide “Using Zoom for Funeral Services” for people organising online services which he hopes will help others during these challenging times.
You can download the PDF guide here; Funeral Service using Zoom
His family are happy for donations to be made to any of the charities that Paul supported, including the Terrence Higgins Trust (donation page) and GMFA (donation page). Paul’s best friend Claire Mitchell has set up a birthday fundraiser for 17-24-30 in his memory here.
Paul will be sorely missed. Our love and condolences go out to his family and friends.