A heartfelt Merci from Patrick

Patrick has been overwhelmed by the many beautiful and heart-warming messages and phone calls received from friends and family from around the world in the weeks since his partner Douglas MacDiarmid died. They have brought him great solace, raised his spirits and a provoked a rush of joyful memories.

He is living quietly in their apartment, slowly making the change to being solo, surrounded by paintings by Douglas he watched evolve from the initial quick sketch, the first brush stroke, and a house full of reminders of their extraordinary life together. Having cared for Douglas for so long, he has chosen to preserve his studio as a personal shrine.

Fortunately, Patrick has caring friends in Paris keeping an eye on him as he approaches his 90th birthday. He is well looked after and certainly not alone.

To all those wonderful people who have included him in their condolences, thoughts, and prayers, he says Merci beaucoup

Douglas Kerr MacDiarmid

14 Novembre 1922 – 26 Août 2020

Image: Sonia Cahill

Mon partenaire bien-aimé dans la vie,l’amour, rire et apprendre depuis 7 Septembre 1968

My beloved partner in life, love, laughter and learning since 27 September 1968

Avec Mes Sincères Remerciements…With Heartfelt Thanks

Je vous suis profondément reconnaissant pour votre gentillesse et votre sympathie. Votre attention est un grand confort et on se souviendra toujours

I am deeply grateful for your kindness and sympathy. Your thoughtfulness is a great comfort and will always be remembered


To read more about Douglas MacDiarmid’s fascinating journey through life buy your copy of Colours of a Life – the life and times of Douglas MacDiarmid by Anna Cahill (2018).

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