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May 15, 2017 Kevin Smith Suffers Stroke - Photo: Noel Clarke

26th May 2017
From: Bill & Ruth Scott
Hi Noel
We went to see Kevin today. Cracking jokes and laughing but body has a long way to go.

Photo: Bill Scott
Cheers
Bill
26th May 2017
OK Updates.
I just spoke to Kev only a very short chat. Is being worked pretty hard currently, good lets hope he responds very spritely.
It was great to hear his voice even if it was only a few seconds. But I got the good oil from Michelle Kev's daughter.
Kev is in
Metro Rehab
265 Addison Rd
Petersham
He cannot have too may visitors at once so it would be wise to check before visiting.
Visiting hours are from
Mon to Fri 3.00pm - 8.00pm
Sat-Sun 12Noon - 8.00pm
Room 22
I'll be checking on him regularly so will keep everyone up-to-date.
Kindest Regards
Noel
Up-Date June 9, 2017
From Doug McLaughlin
Kev was in fine form on Thursday arvo. Yes, that rainy arvo. His best medicine seems to be a few laughs.

We spent a couple of hours chasing the blues away, through all that rain. He had a couple of old pals from the mid north coast, retired motor mech.
Rae is busy keeping up with the property moves and worrying about his hair brush and much more. A real Briton.

Moving about, even just on the bed, is tedious, but his lights are all on: full shine. He does relish some conversation with company and his brain is full speed on.

Anyone in need of some bright conversation should call in for a while. Great medicine.
DOUG.
Up-Date June 9, 2017
From Rodney Marks
I visited Kev, and Rae was there, too. He's pretty good and pretty bad.
He can read and write and talks clearly.
He's a bit confused and a bit emotional.
His left side is no good but fortunately he right-handed.
On Wednesday, 14 June, he goes to;
Cardinal Freeman Village,
8-10 Clissold St,
Ashfield.

Clearly, he appreciates visitors, loves The Echidnas, and has given so much to us and to many good causes.
All the best
Rodney

June 20, 2017
From: Noel & Remy Clarke
Called in on Kev after 50 Shades of Greyer at Burwood RSL. He wasn't feeling all that clear headed.
He was telling us he was going to catch the bus to Seven Hills, said Rae had moved there into their new home sorry one of their new homes I believe he said 3 new homes.
He has a beautiful new home where is is in Cardinal Freeman its more like a hotel or motel its really beautiful.
I must take some photos of the place one day while my mate Brian is available to be the male model.
Till next time.
Noel
June 20, 2017
From: Rex Allison & Les Lidburt
Hi Noel,
Rex and Les visited Kevin today. He looks forward to his visitors. He appeared o.k. Then started rambling and crying, poor darling.
Kevin said Paul visited him yesterday.
We will visit again soon.
Let's hope a miracle happens, to get this wonderful man out of hospital and some quality in his and Rai's life.
Regards
Wendy
July 10, 2017
From: Noel Clarke
I spoke to Rae this afternoon to see how Kev is doing as I haven't been able to get to see him of late.
Kevs new address is;
Opal Aged Care
76 Johnson Street
Annandale
Rae said he is much the same as my last visit which was way back on 20th June. The only change is that Kev is able to be propped up but spends much of his time sitting by his bed. He doesn't like it much he'd rather be in bed but they like to get him out of bed as much as possible.
PLEASE, remember drop me an email anytime you visit Kev to let us know how he is doing, your email will be added here on this page. June 16, 2017
From: Noel & Remy Clarke
Called on Kev around 6:50pm after fighting our way through heaps of traffic.
Kev was in fine form and very talkative which was
wonderful to see, and hear.
He seems to have a bright attitude however very, very emotional as with others I've known in the same situation.
Kev loves having visitors was particularly happy when he received a visit from Rodney Marks, looking forward to his visit from Paul Martell. Kev has now been moved to;
Cardinal Freeman Village,                   Photo: Noel Clarke
8-10 Clissold St,
Ashfield.
Office Ph: 8241 1645
Kind Regards
Noel August 3, 2017
From: Noel Clarke
I'm so sorry I haven't been to see Kev for quite some time but keep in touch with Rae as much as possible.
I tried calling Rae this morning but had to leave a message on her phone I then received the following message.
From: Rae, Noel the home Kev is in has been in lock down for the past two weeks due to the flue.... No change in Kevin.
Rae.
August 6, 2017
From: Noel Clarke
Just spoke with Rae, Kev is just the same.
The place is still in lock-down due to the flu so it was even difficult for Rae to get in for a few minutes.
Anyone wishing to visit it is suggested you call first to see if its OK, Ph: 8585 1900
Noel Clarke August 13, 2017
From: Bill & Ruth Scott
Visiting was on hold because of a flu epidemic but we are happy to report that Kevin is ready and waiting for your visit as visitors are now more than welcome.
August 14, 2017
From: Bill & Ruth Scott
Ruth and I visited Kevin today. We have been wanting to go since we came back from holiday two weeks ago but the place was locked down because of the flu virus.
It was great to see him today, he was looking better than we saw him last time.
His right hand is a bit steadier than it was but there is still no feeling down his left side. He wants some photos of the Echidnas
So that he can put them by his bedside.
Visitors will be most welcome.
Regards,
Bill and Ruth
Could you all please send me a short note on your visit with Kev for inclusion here so it keeps everyone up-to-date with Kev's progress. many thanks.
Noel


September 21, 2017
From: Bill & Ruth Scott
Ruth and I went to see Kevin today and we took him out to the front garden. He was as chatty and witty as ever. We had a great time with him. He can move his left leg a little which is progress. Rae came along and then Michael Parsons popped in as well. We bought coffee from cafe across the road. Kevin had coffee and some ice cream. Wasn't it a party.
October 12, 2017

From: Bill & Ruth Scott

Hi Noel
Ruth and I went to see Kevin today.
He is looking good but his mind although sharp at times tends to wander.
He does love visitors.
We took some ice cream from the cafe across the road and Rae was bringing him a coffee later.
I hope you are well.
Cheers Bill
December 25, 2017
From: Bill & Ruth Scott
Hi Noel,
Ruth and I went to see Kevin today to wish him a Merry Christmas. He was fine but a bit tearful at times. He wishes everyone a Merry Christmas.
Hope you are well Noel.
Merry Christmas to you and family.
Cheers
Bill and Ruth X

January 10. 2018
From: Bill & Ruth Scott
Hi Noel
We went to see Kevin today. He was in fine form again and is still working on his physio.
Slow progress but it keeps him focused towards getting some respite from not being able to move his left side.
He says ‘tell the Echidnas I love them’.
I wish some Echidnas would go and see him.
I hope you are feeling better Noel. All the best.
Bill
February 3rd 2018
From: Noel Clarke
My sister Delma, from Lismore, and I paid a visit to our old mate Kev on Saturday 3rd Feb where we spent two very happy hours.
I really enjoyed the visit & believe me when I say our Kev's memory is as sharp as any I've seen.
He loves having visitors but is still very emotional sheding a few tears every few minutes.
You won't put anything over on him as he's as sharp as a tack, he has a wonderful sense of humour and it's that Sense of humour that keeps him in good spirits.
The ever loving Rae was by his side all the time during her/our visit. Regards
Noel.

February 4th 2018
From: Victor Fenech
Hi Noel,
I went to see Kevin as usual today.
Rae told me that you had been in this week.
He got his new teeth this week and to me his speech has improved slightly.
I have developed a bit of a relationship with one of the carers there (Kate) and I asked her if there was anything I could do for the inmates.
She has been providing her personal DVDs for them to watch.
I told her that perhaps we could help a little with that.
I asked her to suggest something suitable for them and this week she spoke to me and suggested a DVD on the Great train journeys around the world.
This might be an opportunity for some ongoing support. If you think it was appropriate, would you ask the King and the fellows if either someone had a DVD like this to donate or if the Echidnas might order a copy for her.
I think it will be $50.
I am happy to do it myself but it might mean a bit more to Kevin if it came from the club.
Regards
Vic

NB. Vic, great idea I have a box of DVDs available supplied to me by our King so I'll do a search and I know we can supply a bundle of DVD's for them.
N.C.
February 6th 2018
From: Noel & Remy Clarke
After dropping my sister off at the airport this morning, Remy & I spent a hour with our Kev at Annandale.
He was in a very talkative mood this morning.
He remains in good a place, mood wise, but still gets the teardrops quite often, though I noticed they were a little further between topics this morning.
He spoke of his love of the Echidnas and the Echidna members it would be great if we could get a visiting group to drop in on Kev from time to time he loves having visitors.

February 13th 2018
From: Bill & Ruth Scott

It was Kevin's birthday on Tuesday 13th February so Bill & Ruth Scott paid him a visit to help celebrate and celebrate they did in fine style as can be seen by the photo.

Kev was moved out to the front area into the enjoyment of fresh air and breeze where he felt like he was at the beach enjoying the company of friends along with his loving wife Rae

February 15th 2018
From: Noel Clarke

Popped in to see Kev this morning, but I found him to be a bit off today, speach very slurred but still very talkative.
Kev is always thinking of ways to improve things, this time he's come up with a beauty. We need a Uniform Shirt & Tie he wants a light blue shirt, dark blue tie black trousers with logo on pocket & Tie...

February 15th 2018
From: Noel Clarke, Rodney Marks & Michael Parsons.

We started out on our visit with Kev inside in his room and finished up out the front in the garden.
I'm sure Kev enjoyed the company which stayed for around an hour and a half. Rodney Marks, Michael Parsons and myself having a good old chit-chatalong with quite a few laughs.
Kev was in a very talkative mood during the time we werte with him.


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