We said goodbye to Roy today. He wasn't family, strictly speaking. But we were with him at the end, my wife and daughters holding his hands as he slipped away in the QEH.
There were more tears today as the curtains closed around the coffin, to the strains of Hey Big Spender.
Watching the kids afterwards, I realised how much this has made adults out of them. Roy Reeve - nightclub owner, shopkeeper, hotelier and antique dealer - would have been proud of that. RIP podna.