Today we lost our legend, Colin passed away at 4:30 am this morning. When we first heard about Colin’s situation, you always believe it will be okay, but as this an aggressive unrelenting and terrible disease takes hold it becomes clear it will be a battle, and to make it worse Colin’s complications prevented the drugs he needed to keep it at bay. However throughout this ordeal Colin displayed astonishing strength, being positive and pragmatic at the same time.
He made it easy for everyone of us by being very open about his plight, prepared to openly talk about it and keep us amused with his legendary humour ! He attended all the Chelsea games including the final in Amsterdam, what strength and determination he showed.
He always made us laugh and never played the “why me” card, staggering. He was supported by a top family now led by Helen, who also showed tremendous strength of character during the past year.
Going to Chelsea will never be the same, however we know that the supporters club in the sky will now be chaired by one of our own.
Colin, it was a real pleasure to have known you and to have shared so many laughs and great times, Munich possibly being the highlight.
You will always be in our thoughts and you will be missed by us all.
Thanks for the great memories xx
Kevin MORGAN said:
Words cannot express the huge void Colin’s passing will leave in everyone that knew him. His strength, fortitude and above all his self deprecating sense of humour was and will remain an example to us all. Whatever life’s misfortunes are thrown our way we will remember Colin and we will take great strength from his ability to not give up. His love for life, family and friends was and remains palpable. His memory will live long. He and the whole Smith family have been nothing short of truly remarkable. I shall miss him as will we all. God bless and rest in peace my Chelsea mate. x
Mick Hopkins said:
Helen – I can’t express on here how sad Jo and I are. So rather than make our words public we’ll speak to the new head of the family one-to-one. I’ll just add that I’ll miss his infectious so very much. I’m so sad. Mick and Jo
Gary Shaw said:
Thoughts and prayers are with you all… Such sad news… Will never forget seeing Colin each morning on my way to school, never failed to say morning ask how I was and will never forget him stopping and me and dad Tony and our army of Golden Retrievers when we walked by the house with them…
Top top man and will truly be missed
Thinking of you all
So sad, a top man and so funny to be around. Our thoughts are with you.
karen c.. said:
helen, my thoughts and prayers are with you all, so sorry to hear about colin.
he will be truly missed by all who knew him.
a very brave man who fought to the end.. rest in peace colin.. xxxx
Samantha Lawlor said:
Sympathy to Helen and family at this very sad time. Lost a good mate, larger than life character, will remember him always with love Chris Lawlor. X
dawn forrest said:
Helen my thoughts are with you all colin will be a great loss to you all.R.I P colin.xxxxxx
Janet Chapman said:
Thoughts are with Helen and the family at this sad time…R.I.P Colin xx
Annette Pullen said:
God bless to you all will be missed
All our love Terry
Annette and family xxxxxxxxxx
Amanda Wilson said:
Goodbye Godbless x
To Helen and family, Colin will be so sadly missed, but never forgotten, RIP Colin, love from all the Mayes family xxx
Gill and Martin Taylor said:
Thinking of you Helen and family from the Taylor Family in New Zealand and the Dear family in Germany ,we knew Colin many years ago and once met he was never forgotton! A Personality larger than life itself and thats why even though he has gone his memory will live on in eveyone who had the pleasure of meeting him,so sad gone much too soon R.I.P. Colin a legend indeed.XXXXXXXXX
Christine Bozwood Davies (nee Howard) said:
To Helen and all the family – my thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time. Christine (nee Howard)
Tracey Woolston said:
Helen our thoughts are with you and your family at this sad time,a funny great man who left great memories to everyone he met, R.I.P Colin
Vincent James said:
Really really sad at the news, a person who had a great sense of humour,was considerate and althogh we supported different teams the common bond was football and humour and one of his friends, Tony Russell. Rest in peace Colin, glad to have known you and until the next time God bless.