- 72 years old
- Date of birth: Oct 8, 1942
- Place of birth:
Blackburn, United Kingdom
- Date of passing: Oct 21, 2014
- Place of passing:
Monmouth, United Kingdom
|Let the memory of Gavin be with us forever|
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Prof. Gavin Pintleberry, 72, born on October 8, 1942 and passed away on October 21, 2014. We will remember him forever.
It is my sad duty to inform you that Gavin, the Master Cutler, has died after a short illness caused by Argyrosis. Sadly, he was infected with the rare virus having cut himself whilst cold forging a blade made from Wootze steel dating back to around AD 1500, recovered from an abandoned steel foundry excavated by archaeologists two years ago near Tiramangulan in the Indian state of Tiram Nasu.
Gavin spent twenty two years as a Regular Army soldier, and trained as a Metalsmith with the REME. This included Operational Tours to Dhofar, Oman, Bahrain and Charjah. On retirement from the army and following the receipt of a small inheritance, Gavin became reclusive and devoted his life to growing his beard and making the perfect blade. Examples of his work command a high price and it is likely that the blades he left behind will become highly desired collectors pieces.
Gavin is succeeded by his three estranged wives, his current wife Esme, thirteen children and sixteen grandchildren. He will be laid to rest on a hillside at the family farm in Monmouthshire, and his family request donations in place of flowers to lepra.org.uk as a tribute to the work they carry out for Lepers worldwide.
"Two years since the last time I cried
Dohfar seems so far away, playing 'skimmies, with flat stones across the river. I had no idea you were the Twyford champion and managed a 28 skim to my 6.
I miss my airborne pilgrim, make sure they serve stout and newcy brown at the bar at the final RV, I won't be long. Ive got motor neurons.
sleep easy craftsman, sniper, friend, brother, pilgrim"
"Still hurting, I still have the lock of blue tinged beard hair that your Brother gave me at your funeral that I will treasure for the rest of my days. Until we meet again fellow 'operator' until we meet again."
"So many years have passed, I look at my blood stained Kukhri and remember the fun we had making necklaces from Adoo's ears. I can never listen to Agadoo anymore the memories send me into floods of tears thinking of you singing push pineapple shake the tree, it's just too much. See you at the FRV when the Valkyries carry me to Valhalla."
"Another year passes pilgrim. Mow the lawn of Valhalla and line up the belikan beer and rum for the final RV
Poppy on the fan for you today brother, ascent to the Sony selfish playing 'fine time to leave me lucille'
Remembering happier times at times at the sharp end"
"I liked him, but, his passing is a bit previous. I gave him money upfront for a knife ..... 'kin Pikey, he was always tapping people up for beers in the mess too.
"only just seen this, really sorry to have learned of Gavin's passing
Best wishes to the family
Davros, KPMG (and A Sqn)"
"It's been a year. We miss you. I cant say more.
"Many of those helped by LEPRA would have loved to have shaken your hand. Sadly for a couple of reasons that never happened. stay sharp good sir."
"This should have been Happy Birthday Dad, but instead it will be a quiet day whilst I remember you for the great father and mentor that you were.
"Dude, another year gone.
Happy Birthday, see you at the RV in Valhalla..... Ask Jesus to knock these fucking pan pipers out"
"Why oh why?
You could have called, you didn't have to choose that final dark path
Put lumps on any Adoo stagging on with St Peter
So long pilgrim"
""Getting crazy on the waltzers but it's the life that I choose
Yeah sing about the sixblade sing about the switchback and a torture tattoo
And I been riding on a ghost train where the cars they scream and slam
And I don't know where I'll be tonight but I'd always tell you where I am"
Miss you always, Love Sharon XXXXX"
""Life is a mystery, everyone must stand alone"
and you showed me how to stand proud & stand alone in Dubrovnik
MY heartfelt thoughts to the family at this hard time"
"We are the pilgrims, master; we shall go
Always a little farther.."
"Another Brother in Arms passes into the Halls of Valhalla.
I will remember the times on the range where we spent such productive hours blasting targets with pleasure.
Semper Fi brave soldier, stand easy."
"RIP mate. and respect for your brave decision. My condolences and love to your family.
Your American brother in arms.
"You were the sharpest blade in 8 Troop, brother."
""In my life there's been heartache and pain
I don't know if I can face it again
Can't stop now, I've traveled so far
To change this lonely life"
best flanker in the LAD! RIP mucker
""evil is as evil does and who but who but me could write this book of cruel?"
just heard the news on the circuit, a sad day indeed.
My thoughts are with the family at this time.
"The wider community is gutted that such a true warrior has passed on.
Kia mau kaha rite haere koe i te ara, teina."
"R.I.P. Chief. You showed me how to be a man. One day the true story of your actions for this country will be told."
"Sadly missed, I am only alive today thanks to the blade you forged.
A true master of craft."
Thank you all for your warm words. My brother and I will collect all condolences on here and what we've been receiving by email and will bundle them for nan. She is aware of all the tributes and is grateful for all the support. If you have any stories or memories of grandad please share them and send them to me: email@example.com I will make sure they'll find a way to nan.
Sharon Blake - Pintleberry"
"The moonlit wings reflect the stars that guide me towards salvation
I stopped an old man along the way
Hoping to find some old forgotten words or ancient melodies
He turned to me as if to say, Hurry boy, It's waiting there for you..."
"Look deep inside my eyes
And tell me what you want
Because I can't play games
When my heart is always losing"
""From whence the wind came, your spirit will follow. Always east. Always east the dark eagle flies." -- A.A.
Gavin, we admired how you faced your last weeks in this life, but in the end it was too much. We respect your decision. My heart and condolences go to the family, and me and my husband wish them all the strength in the time to come."
"You've fought your final battle. RIP mate."
"Gav, your craftsmanship will live on forever. Staunch until the end.
The foundation for the sponsorship of knifemaking apprentices that we discussed on my last visit to your hospital bedside is well underway.
The world is a smaller place without you buddy."
"Always a little further - fellow pilgrim.
Meet you at the final RV"
"Gramps, dey took me words down innit. But I miss u an I grow da beard like u when I is older"
"Remembering my old troop sergeant, a staunch comrade and beloved friend."
"Cunt owes me a tenner"
"A sad time , any of his knives knocking about ? Ive got cash."
"Shocked to hear this, had the pleasure of serving alongside Gav at the 5th Skins LAD, good bloke and a good metalbender. Our paths crossed again at a boxing event 10 years ago and we have corresponded ever since.
Condolences to the family.
"RIP Dad. I miss you more than words can say."
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