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Author Author of local mining book seriously ill
Tin Miner

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Author of local mining book seriously ill
Posted: 23/06/2008 22:40:29
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It is with a very sad heart that I inform you of a local author who is very seriously ill in hospital. Bert Shorten who wrote the Metal Mines of the Plympton District back in the late 1980s has been taken ill with leukemia, and the Doctor's give him a very short time to live due to his age (87).

Bert was a member of the Devon Mining Club for many years, and led many surface trips for the club. He was an inspiration to many a person who had an interest in metal mining, and will be sadly missed by many people who knew him.

I spent many hours with Bert on our trips together where he showed me many mining remains, and all the local landowner’s knew him so well, and Bert always had a very cheerful outlook to life. He would help anyone who asked, and would quite happily lead surface trips for any local groups that were interested.

Bert also led surface trips for the NAMHO conference here in Devon in 2007. He also got involved with the Dartmoor Tinworking Research Group where he led trips for them as well.

If anyone would like to send there best wishes, then please pass them through this thread where I'll only be too happy to print them off and take them into Bert.

Regards Tin Miner

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Author of local mining book seriously ill
Posted: 24/06/2008 00:18:42
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Hey Burt, you probably havnt got a clue who i am, but very best wishes anyway! Thumbs Up

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LAP

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Joined: 04/02/2007
Location: Somewhere between Carnforth/Carn-Ffyrdd, and Milnthorpe.

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Author of local mining book seriously ill
Posted: 24/06/2008 01:01:45
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Hi Bert, you don't know me either but..
Best wishes from me too, and well done for being a good mine guide and explorer Smile

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Author of local mining book seriously ill
Posted: 24/06/2008 10:53:23
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Just to add my best wishes and thanks for popularising our hobby. IP: 88.111.165.188
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Author of local mining book seriously ill
Posted: 24/06/2008 11:13:01
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Hi Tinminer
Please give Bert my very best wishes. I may have met him at the NAMHO field meet last year.
Roy Fellows

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Author of local mining book seriously ill
Posted: 24/06/2008 12:51:27
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Hi Tinminer

Can you send Bert my best wishes too.

Thanks

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Author of local mining book seriously ill
Posted: 24/06/2008 13:35:50
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And my best wishes too Tin Miner please, and thanks for his work in our hobby.

Thanks,
Simon

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skippy

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Author of local mining book seriously ill
Posted: 24/06/2008 19:57:52
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We seem to be losing too many of the special people who keep this hobby rolling along - we just lost Mick Cooper this month -- who was author of 'Robbing the Sparry Garniture' - a superb study of British mineral dealers over the years, and also 'Minerals of the English Lake District' (co-written with Chris Stanley from the British Museum).

My best wishes to Bert - please let him know we are thinking of him here in Shropshire, Tin Miner..

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Author of local mining book seriously ill
Posted: 24/06/2008 20:35:04
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i fine man is Bert - I've only met him the once but am saddened at this news. he is such a kind and knowledgeable man with some fine skills several of which are sadly fading.
best wishes Bert.
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Author of local mining book seriously ill
Posted: 25/06/2008 14:45:22
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I didn't know Bert but on behalf of the Shropshire CMC and SMT please give him our best wishes

Mike
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Author of local mining book seriously ill
Posted: 25/06/2008 16:27:32
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...........my best.. Gwyn. IP: 92.21.166.113
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Author of local mining book seriously ill
Posted: 26/06/2008 12:13:34
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All are best from up north are thoughts are with you and your familly

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justin

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Author of local mining book seriously ill
Posted: 27/06/2008 08:17:30
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I've never met Bert...But i do sincerely offer him my best wishes...

justin.............
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Tin Miner

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Author of local mining book seriously ill
Posted: 27/06/2008 10:00:29
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Thank you all for your very kind messages of support. I visited Bert in hospital yesterday, and he was taken aback with all the kind messages from this site and others.

His current situation is that, as I've already stated is that he has leukaemia, and is too old and weak for chemo-therapy. The doctors say that depending on how strong-willed he is that it could be anytime from 2 days to 2 months before he sadly leaves us. Well, Bert is a very strong-willed person, so let's hope that he can live a little longer.

Hopefully next week Bert will be moved to a more comfortable residence where he'll receive all the care and kindness from the staff in his last days.

Bert has asked me to wish you all well, and keep on with your hobby - mine exploration, and history.

Regards Tin Miner

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