Down Your Way – West Briton
Balwest Methodist Church
The congregation of Balwest Methodist Church was pleased to welcome baby Harry Shaun James Gilbert and his family and friends on the occasion of his baptism by the Reverend Daniel Reed on his first visit as Superintendent Minister. The service concluded with the celebration of Holy Communion.
Christine Cumber, fresh from winning the championship with her singing at Camborne Music Festival, was the accompanist.
Flowers were given and arranged by Ann Jeffery.
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Balwest Heritage Society
Fourteen members braved the cold and windy weather to attend the October meeting where they enjoyed an informative and entertaining presentation by Peter Bowden based upon his trip to the midwest states of America, where minerals have been mined for hundreds of years. Peter brought his tour to life with spectacular photographs and atmospheric sound effects, augmented by a commentary that often revealed his personal awe of, and emotional connection with, the magnificent scenery through which he travelled.
Starting at Las Vegas 2,000ft above sea level Peter travelled north-east through snow-covered barren land until he arrived at Mt Carmel, the first of many locations visited that were invaded by "settlers" in the 19th century. From here he went on to the magnificent natural amphitheatre at Bryce Canyon and on to Kanab City at 8,000ft above sea level. Next stop was Page City, Arizona, a town established in 1957 to support the construction of nearby Glen Canyon Dam. The dam holds back the Colorado River to create Lake Powell, and was facilitated by a land exchange with the Navajo Nation. Staying with the theme, Peter went on to visit the local Navajo reservation where locals were able to drum up some atmospheric effects before providing directions to the curvaceous Lower Antelope Valley. Along the way Peter encountered evidence of ancient salt mines and the ruined remains of more recent copper mines and gold mines, before arriving at the incomparable Grand Canyon.
The evening was rounded off with a final item that featured a bluegrass banjo arrangement of Cripple Creek.
Following the annual meeting, which will be held on November 30, the next society meeting will be on Friday, January 25, starting at 7.30pm when Robin Shail will speak on the subject of "Coastal landslide and recession in west Cornwall".
Lion and Lamb
This Sunday there will be a quiz evening in the Lion and Lamb; proceeds will be for the Alzheimer's Society.
The jukebox and pool will be free after 2.30pm on Sundays.
Breage and District Silver Band, under the baton of Terry Reed, headed to the Remembrance Day parade from the Queen's Arms to the village war memorial, where a simple service commemorated the fallen of two world wars and subsequent conflicts. The Reverend Penny Prince officiated at the service with the Act of Remembrance; Last Post was followed by the two minutes' silence, and Reveille was sounded by Abbie Medlicott, Ian King and Roger Winnen. Following the wreath-laying by the Royal British Legion, the Parish Council, the Girl Guides and Brownies, this short service ended with 'The Supreme Sacrifice' played by the band.
The parade moved off into the parish church where the theme of remembrance involved many young people from the large congregation. The band played O God Our Help In Ages Past and concluded the service with the National Anthem. They then led the parade back to the car park. The band would like to welcome back Paul Rose, who played in the band many years ago.
New members are always welcome to practices on Fridays at 7.30pm.
Breaney Methodist Chapel had a reader service on Sunday morning with Gina Varker. Paul Jenkin and Sarah Fuller providing the music. The story of young Samuel is read often from the Holy Bible; this time Gina read it from a book in ordinary 'language', which introduced a new approach to the subject. The theme of the sermon was discipleship in modern times.
Carleen Village Hall
Senior citizens' Christmas lunch – every year the hall management committee invites senior citizens living in Carleen to a Christmas lunch and entertainment. If you are a golden ager yourself, or if you know someone living in the village who is, and would like an invitation to this year's lunch, please contact Chris Greenough on 01736 762647.
Village hall events
Dr Imogen Wood, PhD, had the audience spellbound with her presentation on the archaeological dig that was held at Gunwalloe Church Cove earlier this year. Dr Wood was thanked by Mike Hardy, head ranger for the National Trust at Penrose on whose land the dig took place.
The event at Cury Village Hall was organised by Priscilla Oates, herself a keen archaeologist.
Today it will be eyes down at 7.30pm for cash bingo, raffle, refreshments and licensed bar.
On Sunday, December 2, Santa will be coming to the village hall for the children's Christmas party from 3.30pm to 5.30pm, followed by the Christmas lights switch-on by the Reverend Steve Swann and the grand draw with a first prize of £100. Refreshments and licensed bar. There are still plenty of squares left for you to buy at £1 each; come to any of our functions or coffee mornings to purchase some. If you have a child/children who attend Cury School or live in the parish who would like to come to the party please ring Brenda Lawrance on 01326 240889. The following week on December 9, it's the turn of the pensioners of Cury to have a party; again, ring Brenda if you would like to attend.
Zumba continues on Wednesday evenings with Jadine from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. Come along and have an hour of really good exercise and fun. New members always welcome.
The Fellowship service at Cury Methodist Church on Sunday was led by Pene Oates. The story of the poppy was told by Brenda Lawrance and Jose Trounson read the lesson from St Luke, telling of the birth of John the Baptist. Some favourite Advent hymns were sung with Sybil Benney playing the piano. Christopher Trounson collected the offering.
All members of the congregation were encouraged to make a Christmas floral arrangement by Brenda and these are now on display in the chapel. Next Sunday the appointed preacher is the Reverend David Pountain.
The next family service is at 11am on Sunday, December 2, led by Julie Swann.
The annual carol service will be on Sunday, December 16, at 11am, followed by the community lunch at the village hall. If you wish to book for this please ring Brenda on the above number. Prices are £5 for adults or £2.50 for children.
Church of St Germoe
The Reverend Peter Johnson officiated at the Parish Eucharist service, assisted by Sue Rayment and Geoff Helmore, with John and Grete Imbrey serving. Joan Chapman and Lesley Townend read the lessons; the intercessions were led by Diane Whitehead; Meg Ostler was sacristan; sidesmen were Dennis Osbourn and Geoff Helmore and Gwynneth Willett played the organ. Father Peter took the parents' and youngsters' service and in the evening the Reverend Sharon Chalcraft with Des Chapman led the service of wholeness and healing.
Germoe Parish Council
At the November meeting it was reported that Cornwall Council was still having great difficulty in undertaking essential corrections to footpaths on the Definitive Map. It was agreed that the parish council would continue to pursue officers at Cornwall Council in order to ensure that the seven known omissions are corrected as soon as possible.
No crime in the parish was reported to the police in October, which is consistent with no crime reported in October 2011. We are all asked to keep an eye out for any unusual behaviour, and to report suspicious activity to the police on 101.
Following the parish council meeting the long-awaited Chevron Road warning signs were erected by Cormac at the Boscrege Junction.
If you would like to find further information regarding any of these subjects, please contact parish clerk Colin Chapman on 01326 221648 or speak to your local councillor. A list of all council members and their contact information can be found online at www. germoeparishcouncil.org.uk
Concert of early music
A-Capella, the early music choir, will give a Christmas concert in Germoe Church at 7.30pm on Friday, December 7. Tickets, costing £5, are available from 01736 763020 or 01736 762416.
The Readers' service last Sunday was conducted by Irene Sampson from Marazion. Written by Joseph Pitts, it was entitled Answering God's Call. There were readings from Jacqui Milner and Dick Brunwin. All agreed it was an enlightening service and everyone enjoyed singing the hymns, some of which Irene had chosen, accompanied as usual by Mavis Harper.
The children had a wonderful time on Children In Need day wearing their favourite colours and raised £146.46.
Little Dolphins Pre-School
This term Little Dolphins are looking at winter and will be going on a walk collecting items of interest, looking at different types of winter weather and what kind of clothes keep them warm on a cold day. They will also find out which animals hibernate. Cooking activities will include vegetable soup, rice pudding and, of course, mince pies.
The last two weeks of term will be spent sharing the Christmas story and taking part in lots of fun Christmas activities. Little Dolphins are open Monday to Friday from 9am to noon. The contact number is 07799 721377.
Villagers were very sad to learn of the passing of Mrs Joy Polglase on November 9.
Over the past three years Joy had been residing in a nursing home. Prior to that she lived next door to her son Stephen and his wife Jill, about a mile outside the village. She used to walk to the village every day, especially when it had a shop, and she attended the Thursday coffee mornings. She also enjoyed listening to the concerts that were held in the Methodist Chapel. A lovely gentle kind lady. Condolences are extended to the family.
Helston Community Choir
Rehearsals of Helston Community Choir continue on Mondays from 1.30pm to 3pm. The choir meets in the hall at St Mary's Catholic Church, Clodgey Lane; new members are welcome.
There are no auditions and the choir is warm and friendly. Members sing a wide range of music including folk songs, pop tunes, classical pieces, show tunes and other items. £3.50 per session.
The choir's website is www. cornwallcommunitychoir. co.uk
Call Neil or Kate Shepherd on 01736 759944 for further details, or just come along to a rehearsal.
St Michael's Church
The first frost of the winter and, at parish Communion, the organ seemed to have taken exception, as the congregation was obliged to sing the second hymn unaccompanied. However, with some tweaking by Richard Berry and John Boase, normal service was resumed.
The Reverend Dorothy Noakes, assisted by Betty Booker, lay reader, both presided at Communion and preached.
Canon David Miller led the first part of the service, with Tony Rule reading the lesson and Diane Barlow leading the prayers.
The Reverend Dorothy's sermon was about time, how it is spent and how it will end, after hearing in the Gospel about Jesus foretelling the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem. Since dealing with time is one of life's great struggles, we should remember Jesus told us how to use our allotted span in faithful service to God and to our neighbour.
St Michael's Christmas Fayre will be held in the Andrew Hall next Saturday morning, from 10am to 12.30pm, with lots of interesting stalls to enjoy.
Christmas lights switch-on
Leedstown's Christmas lights switch-on will take place at 7pm on Friday, December 14. This year the lights will be turned on by longtime Leedstown resident Mrs Marie Brock, at The Duke of Leeds car park.
Breage Band, Leedstown School Choir and Father Christmas will all be attending, to welcome in the Christmas season.
The congregation were welcomed with tea and coffee at Leedstown on Sunday, with Lewis and Matthew acting as the waiters. Thank you to Sue Williams and her team once again. The guest preacher, Colin Combellack, had arranged a very interesting and thoughtful time of all-age worship, with some time for group activities, on the theme: "Jesus, the Light of the World". The Junior Church sang a couple of songs and were presented with their annual attendance prizes. This year, books were awarded to Kayleigh and Tristan Young, Shana, Catherine and Elizabeth King, Matthew Bird, Lewis Verran, Kimberleigh and Ashley Yould, Lucy Pascoe, Kathryn Willoughby and Abigail Leverton. A special presentation was made to Shana King, who will celebrate her 18th birthday in early December. We thank Shana for her valuable and cheerful contribution to the junior church over the past ten years.
Rehearsals are under way for the carol service on December 16, on the theme of "Christmas messages" with plenty of music and singing for everyone, and even a "rap" from the Wise Men. Come along and join in if you can.
Sunday will see a community service taken with the help of members of the congregation and organised by Sue Williams. This is at 11am. Junior church is also at 11am. In the evening there is a Circuit United service at Porthleven Methodist church so there is no service at Leedstown.
On Saturday, December 1, the LUMC walking group will meet at the Chapel for a three-mile walk from St Just to Cape Cornwall Mining World Heritage site. Please meet in the free car park in St Just.
Don't forget Coffee Stop on Tuesday in the Sunday School room from 10am till noon. Pre-owned books are for sale and any donations for the Put A Sock In It collection of new socks, to help the homeless at St Petroc's, will be gratefully received.
The computer class at Leedstown Village Hall has recently finished a course. A new free course hopefully begins in January.
Monday, December 3, at 9am is the next Friends' meeting at the school. A Friends' event coming up is the Pampered Chef party to be held at the of home Caroline Pellows on Friday, December 7, at 7.30pm.
Another date for your diary is the Christmas fair at 2pm on Wednesday, December 19, where there will be lots of goodies on offer and a chance to support the village school.
Leedstown United FC
The youth FC are currently looking for land to further expand the club. With numbers rapidly increasing they desperately need to find another home within or around Leedstown. This is a youth football club with children from the ages of 5 to 12.
If you have some land and wish to help out, please get in touch as you really would be helping a great children's organisation. Please contact Nigel in the first instance on 07934131710 or e-mail email@example.com
The club is still welcoming new members so if you are interested in finding out more about joining a child-friendly club, use contacts above or check out the club's website at www.leedstownutdfc.co.uk
Mawgan Parish Church
The congregation arriving for today's family service in Mawgan appeared to be twice its normal size as they had wisely heeded the advice to wrap up warmly; the service coincided with the first severe frost of the season and the church continues to be without heating, but clearly everyone was enjoying themselves as they compared the relative merits of gloves, mittens, wraps and boots.
In her sermon the rector reflected on the message of hope contained in readings from Daniel and Mark. The service itself was not without incident as the fan heaters, thoughtfully provided by churchwarden Pauline Arnold, caused the electricity to trip just as the final hymn started and the organ was abruptly silenced. However, power was soon restored and the organ once more sprang into life under the skilful hands of Andrew Wood.
The service next week will be a 9.30am Eucharist to be taken by the Reverend Lesley Walker, and on Saturday, December 1, the church will be holding its annual Christmas bazaar at Mawgan recreation hall, starting at 2pm with the arrival of Santa.
Mullion Old Cornwall Society
The society were entertained by a Cornish bard at their November meeting, when Valerie Jacob came to talk about "Curious Corners of Cornwall". Using slides taken by her husband Brian, Valerie covered a large part of the county, but seeking out the lesser-known places and curiosities.
Starting at Wesley Cottage, Trewint, Valerie worked her way around the county, discovering murals in Callington, banana plants growing outdoors in Mousehole, an amazing village shop in a cottage front room in Lezant and curtains of maidenhair fern hanging inside the lime kilns at Cotehele.
A medieval chapel in a farm, an old smithy, the threshing roundhouse at the Lizard and old farm buildings were of particular interest to Valerie, as were the old Cornish churches, especially Altarnun with its striking bench-ends.
The Jubilee Rock at Blisland with its brass plaque, now in Bodmin museum, concluded a fascinating talk.
Valerie and Brian were thanked by Ann Symons, who suggested some of the places featured could be used for future pilgrimages.
Chairman Priscilla Oates was then congratulated on her recent appointment as deputy president of the Federation of Old Cornwall Societies.
Tea was served and a raffle drawn before the singing of Trelawny concluded a most interesting evening.
Trinity Methodist Church
Our service on Sunday was a readers' service and was conducted by Mrs H Hockin and Mr Galassini; the latter has now completed his trial time and will branch out on his own on the next plan.
The service was entitled "A God of faithfulness."
The only child present was Seth, as the others attended the youth service with youth worker Sid Harris.
Seth had a card presented to him for his third birthday celebration and we all sang Happy Birthday; he then received the collection from members for the first time.
The beautiful flowers were left there from the funeral of Beryl Rowe, whom we shall miss very much.
Ivy Johns played the organ and Elizabeth, Susan and Pat read the lessons from the Psalms.
On Saturday evening, Pastor Glen and Sarah were delighted to be attend the opening of the Light and Life Church centre in Helston, and celebrated with Pastor Mike Bretton and his congregation there.
On Sunday morning Pastor Glen was the speaker, and in the evening, Pastor Winston.
On Wednesday is the youth group for Helston College-age children.
On Thursday is the toddler group at 10am and the prayer meeting at 7.30pm.
David and Viv Viol from the Cornwall Prayer Initiative recently visited the church and encouraged prayer groups like ours to keep meeting together because it makes such a difference. Friday is the Rock Solid Kids' Group at 5.45pm for 5- to 11-year-olds.
A big thank-you to everyone who has participated in this year's Christmas shoe box appeal. The 81 boxes this weekend began their journey with Sarah taking them to Cardiff, and from there they will go directly to children in Romania.
Our sincere thanks to all who have supported the project this year as we put love in action.
For all other information please see our website www. apostolic-church-porthleven. org
Porthleven Methodist Church
It being Prisons Sunday, the preacher at Morning Worship, Peter Richmond, appropriately spoke about his ministry among prisoners.
The lesson was read by Dorothy Pountain: David Philp was the organist.
The evening service was led by Nicola Bicknell, one of the circuit readers. Her theme was the washing of Jesus's feet by Mary Magdalene. Lessons were read by Olive Polglase and Jeff Mount. John Gilbert was at the organ.
The annual Christmas bazaar, held in the public hall on Saturday, raised more than £900 for chapel funds.
The Alpha Course continues on Thursday evening with a meal at 6.30pm, followed by a DVD and discussion groups.
Porthleven Old Cornwall Society
Cornish Ginger Beer and Pop Bottles, by Eric Rabjohns, will be on Tuesday, November 27, at 2.30pm at Porthleven Public Hall.
Join us for a cuppa and some traditional Cornish 'crib'.
The president on Sunday was Des Moore and he welcomed the speaker, Roy Smith, and his wife, from Newquay, and visitors from Kettering, Dereham and Solihull. In the afternoon Roy based his talk on time and the need to watch and pray. Jesus was aware of time and knew when his time was. He watched and prayed all the time and although we do not know the exact time of the return of Jesus we can see the signs in the nations around us. Jesus did everything in the spirit of love for God and for us and the communion service was to remind us of that.
After sharing tea Roy spoke about a solid hope in a crumbling world. He used the dream of the image in Daniel ii to illustrate the amazing prophecy of the progression of world empires to follow the Babylonians, ending in the establishment of the kingdom by Jesus which all believers are waiting for.
The coffee morning in aid of the Hamlyn children's ward at Treliske raised £123.
Porthleven Friendship Club
On Friday Porthleven Friendship Club held an open evening at Porthleven Methodist Church.
Ruth Pascoe welcomed about 50 members and guests to a very interesting talk and slide show by Mr Steven Polglase entitled 'The mining community under the Godolphins'.
The announcements were made by Phyllis Whiting and the tea hostesses were Dorothy Pountain and Barbara Grey.
A retirement collection of £43.50 was taken for the Alzheimer's Society.
A coffee and mince pie morning will be held at the home of the Reverend Judy Harris at Belmont, Fore Street, Porthleven, tomorrow from 10am to noon: all welcome.
The next meeting of the Friendship Club will be at 7.30pm on Friday at Porthleven Methodist Church when Carol Richards will give a talk entitled 'A-Z of Plants': all welcome. Further information regarding the club may be obtained from Phyllis Whiting on 01326 563237 or Dorothy Pountain on 01326 561776.
St Bartholomew's Church
Sunday's service for the second before Advent was taken by Father Harry Pugh. The first lesson and the Psalm were read by Yvonne Bellinger and the second lesson by Liz Hawkins. Andrew Woods was the organist.
This week's service will be on Sunday at 9.30am (Solemn Eucharist with the Reverend Judi Harris as celebrant and preacher). Choir practice will be on Wednesday at 7.15pm.
Anyone wishing to go to the St Bart's Christmas meal should contact Maureen Williams. Christmas cards in aid of church funds are available in church.
There will be a craft fair on November 23, 24, and 25, and carols with St Keverne Band on December 18.
Talks in the hall will be advertised in advance.
Please see local notice-boards for further details of any of the above events.
Praa Sands and District Gardening Club
The Christmas dinner will be at the Victoria Inn, Perranuthnoe, on Friday, December 7, 6.30pm for 6.45pm, two courses £18, three courses £22.
Names and £10 deposit per person required as soon as possible please: cheques payable to Praa Sands Gardening Club (please send to Anna) and also menu choices before Sunday – menus available from Anna. No orders/additions can be accepted after November 28 – the December meeting will be too late.
Praa Sands and District Community Centre
The healing group takes place every Tuesday, from 11am to 1pm, with the last treatment at 12.40pm. A minimum donation of £5 (increase due to recent rent rises) per treatment is requested to help cover the cost of the hall rental. For more information call Sally on 01736 719062.
Zumba Fitness is on Tuesdays at 9.25am. Get fit and come and join the Latin fun. For further details contact Catherine Cambell, 07528 135146 or 01736 711926 or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org
The 200 Club winner for week 25 was Mrs Farrow with ticket number 27.
Clinical Pilates is on Thursdays from 6pm to 7pm. Please phone 07815 897260 or 01326 280754 or e-mail email@example.com to book.
Belshazzar's Feast present their Stocking Fillers Tour at 8pm on Saturday, December 8, in the community centre.
Two highly accomplished and amusing musicians, Paul Sartin and Paul Hutchinson (who will be recognised by regulars as one of the group Hoover the Dog) will entertain with their versions of seasonal material.
This is your only chance to see this show in Cornwall. Book early: call 01736 763339 to reserve tickets for £10, concessions and children £8.
St Sithney Church
Last Saturday the church held a Victorian Christmas market, raising £1,270 for church funds.
There was a large attendance, including pupils of Trannack and Sithney schools, with some entering the Victorian fancy dress parade. Pam Hall and Yvonne Lewer were the judges.
Winners were two pupils from Sithney Community School. The chairman of the trustees of Sithney charities, Father Harry Pugh, presented a cheque for £1,400 to the head teacher of Trannack School for the school, and a cheque of £1,400 to the head teacher of Sithney School.
A £500 cheque was presented to Sithney and Breage Rainbows and a £500 cheque to Sithney Green Brownies.
All the cheques were gratefully received and much appreciated. Father Harry Pugh thanked the congregation for their hard work over the months in making the Victorian market such a success. He also thanked everyone who came and supported it.
The coffee morning held at Glendale, home of Ruth Williams, raised £69 for church funds. Raffle winners were: E Simmons, P Macgregor, R Champion and E Schofield.
Half-and-Half club draw winners were: R Willey, PJ Hall and the church.
Wendron Parish Church
The celebrant and preacher at the service of Holy Communion at Wendron Church on Sunday was the rector, Canon David Miller. Anne Veneear was the organist.
This Sunday there will be a service of Holy Communion at 10.30am. The celebrant will be the rector.
Cornwall Health Services Retirement Fellowship
We held our autumn meeting at the Knowledge Spa, Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro, on Tuesday, November 13. Members welcomed Sarah Newton from Cornwall Hospice Care, who gave us an insight into the work of the two hospices in Cornwall. Our vice-chairman, Kathleen Radley, presented a cheque to Sarah.
Members had also brought along warm clothing to be taken to St Petroc's Society for the homeless in Truro.
After tea, a short business meeting showed that the Fellowship's bank account was very healthy. Members commented favourably upon the outings planned for 2013.
Our next meeting is Christmas lunch at the Kingswood Restaurant in London Apprentice.
We are looking forward to our get-togethers in 2013 – if you have retired from the NHS or any of its related services and would like to join us, please contact Hon Secretary Margaret Herbert on 01872 863987 or e-mail margirvinherbert@ tiscali.co.uk
The lovely thing about the four-plus-four-mile walks is that everyone can choose the distance they want to walk, have a social gathering at lunch if they want and come and go as they please.
On Sunday, 20 ramblers joined Graham Ronan (and Smudge) leaving the Ship at Mousehole for a four-mile mud slosh across the fields and through Higher Kemyel Farm, then back via Castellack for lunch at the Ship. Thank you, Mel and Rob, for making us all so welcome and for the delicious food. Just after 1.30pm, the group set off again for the afternoon trek up to Trevithal and on to Chyenhal Moor returning to Mousehole by way of the Ring and Thimble and Paul to complete the eight-mile figure of eight. The weather was superb and the views even better, and the company just great. Thanks to everyone for such a wonderful day's walking. We were joined by new Ramblers, old Ramblers, potential Ramblers and visiting Ramblers: such a lively and diverse 'collection' of walkers.
This weekend, on Saturday we have an 18-mile(ish) walk from Madron with Mark Hynard, leaving from the church at 9am: then on Sunday, another four-plus-four-mile with Graham and Sylvia Ronan leaving the Watermill at Lelant at 10.30am and 1.30pm. Why not come out for a walk with us?
Sylvia Ronan, membership secretary for Cornwall Area Ramblers, 01736 740542, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
The Ramblers' website also gives details of walks at www.cornwallramblers.org.uk
Cornwall Organists' Association
The association met on Saturday, October, 27, at Falmouth Baptist Church.
The meeting was opened by the president, Graeme Wright, who spoke about past president Ron Keeping who is still very lively, and attends the meetings.
There was a recital given by Michael Hoeg on the organ which was originally built by Hardy and Sons, of Stockport, in 1901. Michael did an excellent job, although the organ is unfortunately situated at the very front of the church, with its pipes hidden behind a screen, which stifles the sound rather.
After the business meeting and tea, the meeting transferred to All Saints Church, Falmouth, where a recital was given by cathedral organist Luke Bond in celebration of organist John Winter, who died earlier this year.