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Death of a pilgrim John Smith in Fonsagrada

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aloarb53

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances: SJPP to SdC (2011, 2012, 2013)
Primitivo (2018)
St. Frances Way (2019)
Such sadness. The climb into A Fonsagrada is one of the most brutal climbs I’ve ever encountered on a Camino. To face it at the end of a long day at any age is daunting. Peace be with him and his loved ones.
 

Sue L

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Sept/Oct 2015 Le Puy - to Conques, Tui - Santiago. May/June 2017 Conques to SJPP
Vale John: us Aussies enjoyed sharing beers and outrageous stories with you in Berducedo. Hoping Grant is on the forum and reading this as we have a photo of John taken just 2 days before his passing (showing him in the midst of one of his yarns) and wondering if his family would like it? Please PM me if so. Sending kind regards from Lugo
 

Rover

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francis, Fall 2016
Spanish news websites have reported the death of an English pilgrim on Sunday afternoon: John Smith, a 77 year old man from Salford. It seems that he became ill shortly after arriving at an albergue and though medical help was summoned he could not be revived.
https://www.elprogreso.es/articulo/a-montana/fallece-albergue-fonsagrada-peregrino-ingles-camino/201810081049311337544.html
Yes, it is sad however he died doing something he enjoyed and no doubt, was passionate about. We can all relate to that.
 
Camino(s) past & future
2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017,2018, (2019)
If it is the same John Smith that I think it is, it will come as a great shock to members of the Ultreia Mancunia group, a collection of camino enthusiasts from in and around Manchester, NW England. As a fellow Salfordian, I am aware that John cared for his sick wife for many years and walking the camino was put on-hold until relatively recently, when she too sadly passed away. RIP John. Together again!
 

Ste66

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Completed Camino (Frances) Pamplona to Santiago de Compostela by bike 2015 completed walk from St Jean pied de port to Pamplona July 2016
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam
 

susanawee

susanawee
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances-(2013/14/18
Camino Salvado Perth -(2015)
West Highland Way (2016)
Lyon France 2017
Sorry to read this sad news. May he be walking free with those who have gone before him
 

jimmyc

Member
Camino(s) past & future
2015
Thats sad news but I hope it does not deter older people from walking this lovely Camino.
I completed it about four weeks ago and I am 78 years old.
It is a very difficult and sometime brutal walk but it is not impossible for old people provided they know and keep within their limitations. I kept to shorter stages until I reached Lugo and of course took the Pola de Allande option.
 

george.g

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
French way 10, 11
Norte 12
Vdlp 13
Levante 14
Mozarabe/Malaga 15
Augusta 16
Mozarabe/Almeria 17
I met John on the way to SJPP in 2010 and walked with him for quite a few days, on our return home we would meet up now and again for a pint and to share Camino stories.
John was a typical Mancunian, a nice guy, down to earth and not afraid to call a spade a spade, I’m sure he will be sorely missed by all that knew him.
John was a forum member and occasionally posted as Johns.
George.g
 

Joe m

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
primitive
I hope Grant and Johns kids are doing okay. I have searched to read the obituary but can not find it. Sounds to me he was well loved. We were there at the hotel and was shocked. May God keep you close to his arms John
 

Sue L

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Sept/Oct 2015 Le Puy - to Conques, Tui - Santiago. May/June 2017 Conques to SJPP
It must have been terrible for you as well so thoughts are with you too. Did you get contact details for Grant? Sorry to say we didn’t. Thought if John at Mass here in Santiago yesterday.
 

VNwalking

Wandering in big circles
Camino(s) past & future
Francés ('14/'15)
San Olav/CF ('16)
Baztanés/CF ('17)
Ingles ('18)
Vasco/CF/Invierno ('19)
All blessings to you, John - may you have peace and rest.
And many condolences to family, friends, and fellow pilgrims. This is a shock, no matter how much John wanted to be doing what he was doing.
 

Bradypus

Antediluvian
Camino(s) past & future
Too many and too often!
All blessings to you, John - may you have peace and rest.
And many condolences to family, friends, and fellow pilgrims. This is a shock, no matter how much John wanted to be doing what he was doing.
Just to be clear @VNwalking - the original post is now a year old
 

jsalt

Jill
Camino(s) past & future
Portugués, Francés, Le Puy, Rota Vicentina, Soulac, Norte, Madrid, Salvador, Primitivo, Aragonés
John’s membership is still showing as active (https://www.caminodesantiago.me/community/members/johns.7850/).

Perhaps Ivar could “close” it off?

I met John at Adega Tipica in Ansiao on the Portuguese camino.
My husband could not walk next day, and he asked John if he would mind “looking after me”.
It was our first camino and my husband didn’t like the idea of me walking alone to Rabacal.
John was a true gentleman, a lovely guy, and I enjoyed walking with him that day.
We will always be grateful to him.
RIP John.
 

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