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Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Brother Nick

I am sad to say that I had news from Nick's daughter Kate this morning that my younger brother Nicholas Robinson had died this morning. He had been suffering from Alzheimers for several years and I visited on Christmas Eve at the nursing home near Darlington knowing that he was very frail and unlikely to survive more than a few days. For over a year he had not recognised family and had an apparently soulless existence, but the tragedy is one just doesn't know what is going on in the mind.

My elder brother Rod (the subject of the post before this one) has written on his blog about Nick in words that convey much of what I feel and anything further I may write would only be less eloquent repetition.

Click here for link to Rod's blog - post title: "Released" 10th January


  1. I learned more about you and Robbie from what you both wrote about Nick, about the loving and compassionate men that you are. I'm so very sorry, Conrad and Robbie, for your combined losses.

  2. Very sorry to hear this, Conrad. Alzheimer’s is a horrid disease. In a way it sounds like a blessed release, and you will be mourning the man he once was. Thinking of you x

  3. Commiserations Conrad. It must be really distressing when a younger sibling passes away. My mum is in exactly your position; her younger sister, my aunt, passed away yesterday. But in many ways it was a blessing as she had a good life, the quality of which recently deteriorated beyond repair.
    Our thoughts are with you.
    M + S

  4. All - thanks for your kind messages.

  5. I raise in glass of quality ale ... to brothers!

  6. Rouchswalwe - thanks for that. Brother Nick would approve.