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All,

I have been asked to post a message here about this.

A dear friend of many and long time PMC member of Tip to Tip fame Mike Silvester had a gardening accident a few days ago.

He fell from a tree and sustained serious head injuries

He was taken to a specialist brain hospital and has been there since.

Poor Mike has not responded to any stimulation and my heart goes out to Jackie Silvester and Mikes family who have made the very difficult decision to stop medication and turn off the life support machines tomorrow morning. There is a small chance that he will respond when this happens.

The first thing I could think of when I heard of his accident was how Mike has used and abused his body to the max to get the very most out of life for every second of it.

Triple heart bypass

Arthritis in the knees

Diabetic

And some other stuff, but it never stopped him getting his Paramotor on his back and flying the length of the UK.

Mike has an awesome past of 'stuff' under his belt and should have a smile on his face for that reason alone.

He is one of the kindest people I have had the pleasure to have known.

SW :(

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I met Mike and Jackie when I attended my first PMC fly-in. I knew no-one before arriving and they instantly made me feel welcome, introducing me to some of the others. You couldn't hope to meet a friendlier couple.

My heart goes out to them both and their family and friends. I really hope Mike makes a full recovery.

Ian.

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All,

at 03:00 hrs this morning Mike silvester passed away. In the true Mike style he as given the few working parts he had left to save lives.

Mike will be missed by all who had the pleasure of meeting him

As upsetting as it is, I know Mike would want everyone to remember him with his normal smile and passion for everything he did in life.

We will be having a party for him at the fly-in which I think we dedicate to his name.

SW.

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Oh my god, not logged in all weekend and only just seem this, this is terrible news, I first met MIke and jackie up at the flagpole a few years back, I can honestly say Mike and Jackie are the kindest, nicest couple I have ever met, I was looking forward to seeing them again at the fly in.

This is a sad loss for The PMC.

Simon, if you get the chance to talk to Jackie please let her know that all our thoughts are with her and the family at this sad time.

RIP Mike, a true gent.

Dave

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It is with a heavy heart I write these words.

I had the privilege to know Mike for the past few years since the Tip to Tip. Mike led and set an example to us all by persuing the sport we all love despite the challange of pain in his knee / joints and medical conditions that would have caused many others to give up on many aspects of life, Mike adapted and overcame all the difficulties and was active in all the fly-ins I have been to.

Mike was a kind gentle soul who always had time for everyone, his love for people and the sport is evidenced in the DVD made on the Tip to Tip when he describes the team coming together using the words "brotherly love". I still fly the wing he flew on the Tip to Tip and his name tag still remains in the lid of the harness bag which I never did remove due to the respect and fondness I have for Mike.

My wife Jackie and I had the great pleasure of Mike and Jacks company last Summer when they came to visit us here in Cornwall. Mike and I sat up drinking beer putting the world to rights and I am greateful for those moments shared with Mike.

Our thoughts and hearts are now with Jackie and family during this very hard time.

Fly free Mike, fly free.

High Flight

Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth

And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;

Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth

Of sun-split clouds - and done a hundred things

You have not dreamed of - wheeled and soared and swung

High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there

I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung

My eager craft through footless halls of air.

Up, up the long delirious, burning blue,

I've topped the windswept heights with easy grace

Where never lark, or even eagle flew -

And, while with silent lifting mind I've trod

The high untresspassed sanctity of space,

Put out my hand and touched the face of God.

Pilot Officer Gillespie Magee

No 412 squadron, RCAF

Killed 11 December 1941

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RIP Mike, You were an inspiration to those of us fortunate enough to meet you and one of the nicest guys around.

Give my love to Jackie and condolences to the the rest of the family.

We will all have a drink on you at the 'Mike Silvester' fly-in.

Eddie

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Such a tragedy, and very sad...

I never met Mike, but heard through members of the PMC what a thoroughly decent chap he was. I was really looking forward to meeting him on the upcoming trip to Spain in October.

Sincere condolences to Mike's wife and family.

Neil.

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I have been asked to let you all know that Mikes funeral will take place at

Aldershot Crematorium on the 30th of June at 10.30am.

All are welcome to come along, and we will be going to a local pub just down the road after to have a drink and a good chat.

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That's good to hear Dan, great when something positive comes from a tragedy. I can't make the fly in this weekend but would still like to make a donation on Mike's behalf and if someone can PM me his address then I'd like to write to Jackie.

Cheers

Malc

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