Thursday, 13 August 2009

Bye, Guy

Guy Wllloughby – actor, playwright, novelist, journalist and all-round party-boy - lived here in RK for a while, and after that we met now and again in social circumstance (usually weird).

He was an extraordinary man in many ways, and I remember him for his ability to carefully listen to, well, everything. Despite his sometimes flamboyant public persona, he was a thoughtful person, and very kind. His razor wit wasn’t that obvious when he was in small groups of people he felt comfortable with, because then he was better at taking in than giving out – a gift. He liked details, and his life bore this out, I think.

He often channelled Oscar Wilde and was known to quote him: ‘One can survive everything nowadays, except death, and live down anything, except a good reputation.’

Boy, did he live it.

I miss you, Guy, because you were clever, generous, unusual and brave.

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Yor Nesot said...

I just enjoyed the article.

Claudine said...

Hope you don't mind the late comment on this old post. He was an awesome personality. He taught me English during high school in the 80s, one of the best teachers around. And then he left and English was never the same again.

Muriel said...

Thanks, Claudine. xx