Book of Condolence
In Memory Of Stuart Grainger
Dear Mr Harding,
I am writing to you in your capacity as Secretary of the International Guild of Knot Tyers to advise you of the death last Thursday afternoon ( June 30th 2005), of my father, Stuart Edward Grainger, who held office in the Guild for a number of years.
He had been "out of circulation", as far as the knotting world was concerned, for a few years as a lengthy illness (Multiple System Atrophy) gradually deprived him of his faculties, causing enormous frustration as well as discomfort. For the last twenty months he had been well looked after in a residential nursing home in Rugby, but had been unable to work with rope for some time before that. It may be that a number of your members will remember him, and certainly many will have one or more of his publications, most notably Creative Ropecraft. I would be grateful if you would pass on this news to any you think may be interested.
The funeral will be at the Mid-Warwickshire Crematorium (North Chapel), Oakley Wood, Bishops Tachbrook, Leamington Spa, CV33 9QP at 12.15 p.m. on Friday July 15th 2005, and afterwards at the Leopard Inn, Bishops Tachbrook.
The family have asked that there be no floral tributes, however donations to the Sarah Matheson Trust, which is devoted to research and support for those with Multiple System Atrophy would be welcomed, payable to the Sarah Matheson Trust and addressed to The Rugby Funeral Home, 104 Hillmorton Road, Rugby, CV22 5AL.
With thanks in advance for your help in this,
Please send my condolences to the family of both members, especially Stuart, who passed away. Not only old soldiers, also old knotters, never die. They just fade away. But never in our memory.
Best wishes from Delfzijl, Netherland,
It is with great sadness that I learnt of the death of Stuart. The world of knotters has lost a great man.
Jean Louis Robic
It was with deep regret, that I learnt of the death of this man. I am French and not writing very well the English, but I read it almost often. These books are of those that I read most often. I am very sad at his departure and the emptiness that it leaves in the community of the tyers of the entire world. I present here my condolences to his family, his near ones and his friends.
I was in Colorado looking for a house at the time and found out from Alain Legeay (France) of the passing. I have a couple of your fathers books and treasure them for their clarity. The post on khww.net will be read by many people and you will receive many emails.
I offer my condolences.
Our sincere condolences to Stuart's family in this great loss to you and to all of us. We have all remembered and felt his great gift and we shall continue to revel in the delight which he took in creating so many works of art, so much joy for all. Thank you Stuart for being among us and sharing your passion.
Lindsey Philpott and family in California
It has been a very sad day for me and for us all. After loosing Spud, I have just found that Stuart has just left us. A lovely man and a great knot tyer.
So, so sorry.
I found out from Alain Legeay in France of the passing of your father. I offer my condolences and wish you to remember that I use your father's books constantly. He will be remembered.
Stuart Grainger was not only a major contributor to the field of knotwork (his books are among the best I use), he was a warm and friendly man who was willing to help those of us who were/are beginners. I have all his books and treasure several letters of assistance from him. We are all thankful for his help and trust he is now at peace.
Sam & Missie Lanham