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30 May 2014 09:24 - 30 May 2014 22:16 #1 by JohnH
Valerie was created by JohnH
It is with the utmost upset that I am posting this notice:

www.rip.ie/showdn.php?dn=226345/ValerieR...NEY/Kilcolgan/Galway

Not too many of the more recent Forum members will have known Valerie, even though her name is still very prominent in many many of the older posts - especially many of the older instructional "stickies". For a good while she was the sole Administrator here and did an exceptionally good job at it as well, but ill-health forced her to have to take a back seat, but even then her behind-the-scenes assistance to me was invaluable in this task here.

As i said at the start - it is with a very heavy heart that I write this but really did not want her passing to go unmentioned on the Forum, for which she did SO much sterling work.

Valerie and her husband were very good to me personally - especially supportive in my personal dark times, I have not only lost a fellow Administrator but also a very dear friend.

I hope you Rest in Peace, Valerie - you'll be much missed here.

John

Edit;
Darragh has added a dedication to Valerie on the Forum home Page:

www.irishfishkeepers.com/
Second Edit: I have left a "Thank You" - to each and every one of you who has posted their very kind condolences - on behalf of Valerie's Family. At some point in the future I will ensure they get to see just how very much she was liked and how much she will be missed by our little community.

Location:
N. Tipp

We're just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl - year after year.


ITFS member.



It's a long way to Tipperary.
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30 May 2014 09:45 #2 by irish-zx10r
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sorry to here John condolance to her family and friends
Rip Valerie

Something fishie going on here
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30 May 2014 10:16 - 30 May 2014 10:17 #3 by Ski
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Very sorry to hear this. RIP Valerie
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30 May 2014 10:31 #4 by anglecichlid
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Very sad news John,
Very sad to hear,
I've only had contact once or twice with Val and she seemed very nice,
But your kind words probably explained how good she really was,
Give my regards to the family
And I hope your doing ok in this difficult time.
Regards
Ciaran

Anyone with a aquarium can keep fish,
But it takes real skill to be a fish keeper,


And it's spongeBob,
SpongeBob lives in a pineapple under the sea
BLANCHARDSTOWN
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30 May 2014 11:29 #5 by jwm
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Met Valerie on a couple of occasions, a very nice lady and a friend almost instantly. My Condolence to her family.

John

A person who surrenders when he is WRONG, is HONEST. A person who SURRENDERS when not SURE, is WISE. A person who surrenders even if he is RIGHT, is a HUSBAND.
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30 May 2014 11:31 #6 by swai
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Sorry to hear this.

Marino, Dublin 9
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30 May 2014 12:19 #7 by Gavin
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I have very fond memories of Valarie, always happy and quick with a kind word. She always made time to venture up and support any project I was involved in over the years. I'm very sorry for her family and know that she will be missed. RIP.

dont make me come over there.
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30 May 2014 13:16 #8 by Aroshni
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I would like to meet her but didn't have the opportunity.
My condolences to the family and friends.
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30 May 2014 13:31 #9 by KenS
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Very sad news. RIP.

Regards,

Ken.
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30 May 2014 14:25 #10 by alan 64
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sorry for the news i will say a prayer for her and her family and friends
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30 May 2014 15:00 #11 by derek
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Such sad news. RIP Valerie.

30 tanks specialise in african cichlids, angelfish and various catfish
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30 May 2014 15:18 #12 by goldy
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so very sad to hear Valerie has passed away. In the good old days she was part of the back bone of the fishkeeping scene. The forum was really vibrant and she was a brilliant and very diplomatic moderator. always there to help newbies like me and to encourage people along with whatever projects they were undertaking. she was involved in the early shows that we put on and with an upsurge in interest in fishkeeping she started the CFKS in Galway and encouraged people to join up and get involved.

Valerie used to come all the way from Galway to attend ITFS meetings and even gave a hand with selling raffle tickets at one of the shows when she was really very sick, that is some distance to travel especially when some people closer to Dublin couldn't seem to make the journey to help out. We were all great friends and we will miss you dearly Valerie.

Our condolences to her family and especially to her husband Declan.

Nessa
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30 May 2014 15:33 #13 by arabu1973
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A very sad news indeed, she was a very good likable person and I always had a great chat with her every time we meet, RIP Valerie, I'll miss our chats at meetings or shows.
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30 May 2014 17:01 #14 by igmillichip
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Very sad news.

ian and Justine.

Irish Tropical Fish Society (ITFS) Member.
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30 May 2014 17:49 #15 by Homer
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Only met the Lady once, a lovely person indeed.

Kev.

The Glass is always greener on the other side.


It's NOT "Chee lick", NOT "Chee Chee Licks"!!! Cichlids is pronounced as "Sick Lids"!!!!!
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30 May 2014 19:53 #16 by mickeywallace
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Such sad News Valerie was a inspiration and one of the driving forces of the forum and fishkeeping in general in Ireland. A wonderful person we will all sadly miss.



Mickey ,Catherine,David and Nathan

Mickey Wallace & Cath Woods
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30 May 2014 20:51 #17 by mossy
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so sad to hear this about valerie
had some dealing with her from time to time and she always helped me out
you will be missed
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30 May 2014 21:42 #18 by m4r10
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Only met her once but she made an impression on my girls.

Condolences to the family.

RIP
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30 May 2014 21:42 #19 by zig
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So saddened by this news. You were a beautiful person Valerie. My sincerest sympathies to Declan . May you rest in peace.

Peter
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30 May 2014 21:56 #20 by Fishowner
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Very sad news, I never met her but often had many dealings with her on here when I started out in the hobby,and I can only echo those that knew her in their reference to the help and assistance she always gave,she was always very obliging and certainly helped me out when I was first staring out in this hobby. I knew she was ill in recent times but when she popped in occassionly on here you could tell she was still passionite about the hobby. I think its fitting we remember her for the work she did on this forum over the years and fishkeeping, even if many of the more recent members may not have had the pleasure of knowing her, as John has mentioned she was a most kind lady.
May she rest in peace and thoughts to her family at this difficult time.

Gavin
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30 May 2014 22:17 #21 by hammie
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Being a relatively new member on here, I was never fortunate enough to meet her or have any dealings with her, but just from reading everyone's posts above and having a look around the forum since I joined here looking to expand my knowledge. Ive read alot of her posts etc and have come to the conclusion, she was someone special!!!
My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends at this time

Sleep easy xx
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30 May 2014 22:25 #22 by Esoxluciouss
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Oh no. Words fail me.
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31 May 2014 00:46 #23 by Miamiheat
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My most sincere condolences to her family. RIP
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31 May 2014 02:33 #24 by sheag35
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I knew Valerie well and she had a passion for the hobby and a pleasant disposition, always had time for a chat with her and enjoyed meeting and knowing her, very sad to hear of her passing, at least she is now in a better place.... R.I.P. Val and my heart felt sympathies to her family

Fishkeeping the Only way to get wet and wild

currently 25 tanks, and breeding is the aim of everything i keep
location:Limerick
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31 May 2014 11:15 #25 by john gannon
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so sorry to hear this terrible news .Condolences to valeries family.rest in peace
john

IRISH TROPICAL FISH SOCIETY CLUB MEMBER
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31 May 2014 13:30 #26 by christyg
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RIP Valerie.
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31 May 2014 14:47 #27 by ABdarudeone
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Very sorry to hear this sad news
Rest in Peace Valerie .

**Neither a teacher nor a native speaker**
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31 May 2014 15:58 #28 by Daragh_Owens
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Just back from a wonderful celebration of Valerie's life in Galway. A lovely humanist service with personal tributes, music and poetry to remember Valerie. The common theme was her positive attitude and welcoming friendly ways.

The service finished with an impromptu a capella version of Galway Girl.

A very sad day for her husband Declan, her family and her incredibly wide circle of friends.


Daragh
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31 May 2014 21:20 #29 by ipcompto
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xxxxxxxxxx Val.....sweet dreams miss u!!!
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01 Jun 2014 09:13 #30 by CrustyCrab
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Well Upset right now, only just heard the sad news.
Valerie you will be missed. I dont think that there was a fishkeeper in the west, that didnt know, and respect Valerie.
Repose en paix mon ami, dans cette grande aquarium, dans le ciel
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