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View kuge's Profile kuge Flag Peckham 22 Apr 15 8.18pm Send a Private Message to kuge Add kuge as a friend

Thank you staffie.

 

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View justpassing's Profile justpassing Flag 22 Apr 15 8.21pm Send a Private Message to justpassing Add justpassing as a friend

Quote Palacetinian at 22 Apr 2015 6.42pm

THis is the tribute I submitted to the Club for the matchday programme. Sadly due to lack of space it had to be cut-down but I thought it should be shared with HOL members who have clearly shown their affection and respect for a selfless man who gave so much and received very little in return except our undying gratitude and appreciation. RIP staffie...

Tribute to staffie from HOL

The team at Holmesdale Online (HOL) is heartbroken to announce the passing of staffie one of HOL’s longest serving and most prolific of posters. His passing has had a massive impact on members of HOL and the Palace supporting community. Since his death on Sunday there have been over 28 pages of tributes paid to staffie (he insisted “There is NO capital "S" in staffie”) by members distraught at the news of his sad and untimely death.

A member since 10th April 2004 there was rarely a day when staffie did not post something on HOL. Most will thank and remember him for the feeds to online Palace games that thousands of Palace fans who could not make it to Selhurst Park or away days. This was a really valuable service to the many fans who were working away from home, were too ill to attend or had moved away from the area (including a few hundred now based overseas). On top of that he would help members of HOL with technical issues related to PCs and associated gadgets and often, at his own expense would send out DVDs of match clips to members that had asked him.

He was enigmatic and guarded his privacy, so much so that very few members actually met him or spoke to him in person. However all members are aware of the posts he shared including really useful links to various bands music and bootleg recordings. We have copied below a heartfelt tribute from just one fan who recalls how difficult it was to get staffie to accept anything over and above a simple ‘thank you’.

"Hopefully this post won't be considered as self-indulgent, but rather my experiences of staffie, to highlight the generosity of the man. There are other HOLers with far more experience of staffie as a friend than me. Their experiences count for a lot more than mine, but for the record:
I joined the HOL about 10 years ago, and being a technophobe, had no idea about how to download files. It transpired I lived 10 minutes walk away from staffie. He would regularly drop off CD's he had burned, whilst I learnt how to download files. Sloveniadave first started the 'thankyou' presents to staffie around 2010. He had a copy of the Steve Coppell book which he brought to the Whitehorse for as many HOLers as possible to sign their gratitude within the covers. staffie was over-whelmed with the book. staffie was very reluctant to accept any gifts of gratitude, but did appreciate people saying 'thank you', either by posting, or PM.
Sloveniadave got the ball rolling for me. Over the next couple of years we (thanks to donations by other HOLers) got him a home shirt with 'staffie' on the back, a signed copy of a vinyl "Crime of the Century" by band-member Roger Hodgson (staffie's all-time favourite album). And finally we got him a ticket for the Play-Off final against Watford. All of the above we virtually had to force on the man, as he wanted no gifts of appreciation. It was more than enough for HOLers just to post 'thanks'. And like all of us, he could be a miserable bugger from time to time. And yet he was loved unconditionally by a huge amount of people who didn't even know him.
For fans based abroad this was especially true.
Sorry for rambling.
RIP staffie"

To that tribute we would like to add another: “Every matchday morning staffie would start the "matchday thread", listing team line-ups and the latest gossip. Then at Kick-off, into the chatroom to provide radio commentary and chat with other HOLers about the way the game was going. This was especially appreciated by those Palace fans abroad, and those of us that far away, not to be able to attend every game."

As mentioned earlier not much is known about staffie as he was a private person. One HOL member that got to know him in recent years told us that he lived in Sydenham, and was 58 when he died. Sadly he hadn't had a particularly happy life and was estranged from members of his family. He was a non drinker and loved his dogs (hence his logo), and was devastated at their loss. He seldom went out and had suffered from heart problems for some time. He was known to be an insomniac and would be on HOL almost every waking moment! A proud man, he never asked for financial help although he was known to be on occasion quite poverty stricken.

Despite the above he was a truly generous person with his time and advice and always responded positively to the many requests from HOL members for links to games or obscure musical MP3s. staffie was a selfless member of the Palace supporting community on Holmesdale Online as can be seen from the hundreds of messages received and posted expressing genuine shock and grief at his sad loss. All of us associated with Holmesdale Online would like to thank all those who have sent their condolences and posted messages of appreciation for what staffie did for them and the Palace family. He will be sadly missed and leaves at massive hole at Holmesdale Online.

Edited by Palacetinian (22 Apr 2015 7.19pm)


Wonderful tribute and quite sad. Will the funeral be a private one does anyone know?

 

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View kayjaybee's Profile kayjaybee Flag orpington 22 Apr 15 9.21pm Send a Private Message to kayjaybee Add kayjaybee as a friend

Excellent tribute Palacetinian, answers a few questions that i wondered about him, paid my respects earlier in thread but strange how someone i never actually met can have such an effect on his passing. First time i put my iPod on today cos virtually everything on it was supplied by staffie and i didn't really feel in the mood for listening to music, but actually it felt o.k, while I've got the iPod i will always be reminded of the man, again god bless you staffie

 

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View Kingvagabond's Profile Kingvagabond Flag London 22 Apr 15 9.30pm Send a Private Message to Kingvagabond Add Kingvagabond as a friend

I think I'm going to have to raid the whole MP3 thread later on.

I am absolutely delighted to say that in just 7 hours people have donated £520 in staffie's honour to the PDSA. I was always dumbfounded by the generosity staffie seemed to have in bucketloads. It's matched by how dumbfounded I am by the generosity of the HOL in his memory.

Thank you guys.

 


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He was right!!!...and we killed him!!... poor Orpinton Eagles........

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View Kermit8's Profile Kermit8 Flag Hevon 22 Apr 15 9.38pm Send a Private Message to Kermit8 Add Kermit8 as a friend

Quote Kingvagabond at 22 Apr 2015 9.30pm

I think I'm going to have to raid the whole MP3 thread later on.

I am absolutely delighted to say that in just 7 hours people have donated £520 in staffie's honour to the PDSA. I was always dumbfounded by the generosity staffie seemed to have in bucketloads. It's matched by how dumbfounded I am by the generosity of the HOL in his memory.

Thank you guys.


*applauds*

 


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View Palace Passion's Profile Palace Passion Online Flag Bromley, South London 22 Apr 15 11.24pm Send a Private Message to Palace Passion Add Palace Passion as a friend

Absolutely shocked and saddened to hear staffie is no longer with us. A great human being who would always do anything he could to help anyone out. Ive spoke to him on numerous occasions and would like to think of him as a friend. Thank you for everything staffie mate I will miss you. The Hol will never be the same without you my friend.

R.I.P staffie

 


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***Roy Hodgson's RED 'n' BLUE ARMY***
Be loud.. Be proud.. Be PALACE!

staffie - missed but never forgotten 19/04/15

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View Palacetinian's Profile Palacetinian Flag Surrey Fam 22 Apr 15 11.47pm Send a Private Message to Palacetinian Add Palacetinian as a friend

Quote kayjaybee at 22 Apr 2015 9.21pm

Excellent tribute Palacetinian, answers a few questions that i wondered about him, paid my respects earlier in thread but strange how someone i never actually met can have such an effect on his passing. First time i put my iPod on today cos virtually everything on it was supplied by staffie and i didn't really feel in the mood for listening to music, but actually it felt o.k, while I've got the iPod i will always be reminded of the man, again god bless you staffie


Thanks kayjaybee. staffie had great taste in music and for both of us Crime of the Century was our favourite. Listening to it will never be the same.

 


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View Jamesrichards8's Profile Jamesrichards8 Flag 23 Apr 15 12.48am Send a Private Message to Jamesrichards8 Add Jamesrichards8 as a friend

It's really terrible that there are so many empty spaces left by his death. In the back of my mind I knew if I ever needed an album mp3 then he would be available. I'm incredulous that he's gone, and I had minimal interaction with him. No idea what his age was, how he looked or spoke, but he had his own persona in my mind. You'll be missed, staffie.

 


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View HOLden's Profile HOLden Flag Grays: Essex 23 Apr 15 1.10am Send a Private Message to HOLden Add HOLden as a friend

Quote mr. apollo at 20 Apr 2015 4.28pm

Even on his last day in hospital. Palace to the end.

We only PM'd each other a few weeks back.

MANY THANKS for all your live links, to "A True HOL LEGEND"

R.I.P. staffie

 


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View NoglenCPFC's Profile NoglenCPFC Flag Croydon 23 Apr 15 1.25am Send a Private Message to NoglenCPFC Add NoglenCPFC as a friend

Rest in peace staffie! thank you mate

 


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View Brisbane Eagle's Profile Brisbane Eagle Flag Brisbane 23 Apr 15 2.12am Send a Private Message to Brisbane Eagle Add Brisbane Eagle as a friend

Everything that could have been said has already been said but i wanted to pass my condolences to Staffie's family and say thanks to a truly wonderful HOL family member. Your efforts and passion allowed myself and many others to follow our beloved Palace abroad in the comfort of our homes at crazy hours. You will be missed but with so many friends, never forgotten.

 

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View GUNDAM-RX78's Profile GUNDAM-RX78 Flag Bristol 23 Apr 15 2.56am Send a Private Message to GUNDAM-RX78 Add GUNDAM-RX78 as a friend

R.I.P staffie

During my decade plus living in Japan it was staffie that helped me out everytime I needed it.....shocking to hear he has passed away at such a relatively young age. A big loss to the community.

Thanks staffie.

 


I may live in Japan but im a Palace man, from Eastbourne but im not torn, better than the option down the road, Brighton do me a favour cmon Palace give me some footy to Savour. Palace for life.

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