Dr Freddy Fairhead died in the evening of the 24th August 2010, in his sleep, peacefully, after a year-long battle with cancer.
He was 81, and hugely active right up until his final illness. He remained cheerful and daftly funny to the very end.
His funeral was held at the Père Lachaise crematorium in Paris, on the 31st August. There were tears,
but there was also laughter, particularly when his coffin was wheeled away to the tune of
"Always Look on the Bright Side of Life", from Monty Python's
"Life of Brian". Which all of us knew he would have enjoyed. Such was the man.