46 comments on “Day +60 – Signing out

  1. Forever in our hearts, Paul will never be forgotten.
    Nor the fight that you both put up for Paul to stay a little while longer.
    Much loved, much respected he will be missed.

    Love you Sandi…Jo and Phil

  2. Rest in peace Paul. A wonderful man who will be missed by everyone that knew him. Love to Sandi,Damien,Nicholas,Adam ,Amy and all his family and friends.
    Kristie and Mick xx

  3. There simply aren’t any words to convey our sadness and how much we’ll miss Paul at work. Simply an amazing man and we are all better off for having known him. I’m glad he got to see just how much he meant to people. Huge hugs Sandi and family, love always xxxx

  4. Sandi.. So sorry to hear that Paul lost his battle with this terrible illness.
    Following your posts I really thought he was going to beat it.
    All our love to you and the rest of the family, Dave and Kerry.

  5. I would like to take this opportunity to thank so many people, like Sandi said in the post, who supported dad through this period of his life.

    I cannot believe the amount of support that my dad had through out. You all have been wonderful and dad and Sandi are very thankful for all of your support.

    I personally would like to thank Sandi for creating this wonderful blog. She has been dads rock not only throughout the past 60 + days but for many many years. She has kept us informed of dads progress and hopefully raised awareness of MDS. Thank you so much Sandi.

    Dad, we will all miss you so very much. You are an amazing person and like I said to you this morning in hospital, I am so proud of you. Words really cannot describe how much you meant to everyone, but everyone will have words to describe you. You make me proud to be a Middleton and mate I will always love, will always miss, but will never forget the times we have shared.

    Love you so much Dad, Poppy, Paul.

    All our love

    Nick, Susan, Jordan, Josh, Sam, Jonzie.

  6. Paul was a great man and friend who will be missed at work and home forever in our hearts and i am proud to have as my friend
    love to Sandi Damian nick Amy Adam & family xxxxx
    Michele xxx

  7. Deepest Sympathy to Sandi and family, Paul was an inspiration, and we will miss Paul at work.x

  8. Sandi, kids and grandkids,

    We’re so sorry…what terribly sad news. Like everyone we’re so proud of the fight Paul put up against his illness and shared the hope he would win.
    Whatever possessed him to come to this country in the first place we are all the richer for it. It has been many years since I worked at Hofmann’s but that bloke is hands down the best boss I’ve ever had.
    We didn’t get to see as much of Paul and Sandi as we’d like but even after months, the next time we spoke or caught up it was as though you’d just spoken the day before. Paul had a profound affect on our whole family and we are blessed to have known him. Thank you for sharing him so generously.

    The next time I raise a Guinness glass will be for Paul. Cheers mate…..

    Love to all Paul’s family everywhere.

    Paul, Jeni, Anneka and Claire

  9. Rest in Peace Dear Paul after your inspirational fight. You have left a legacy of love and respect by your family friends and work colleagues. No greater gift could someone leave behind. You will be sadly missed. Love and prayers to all the family. Coral xo

  10. Paul your new name of Mr Rattles will always stay with me, we are so shocked and saddened to think the friendship we had rekindled after all these years will not continue in life but our friend you always have been and always will be. To Sandi you were Paul’s rock and we all thank you for that, love to you and all of the family, will be in touch soon. Carol and Mike. xxxxxxxx

  11. Dear Sandi and family, so terribly sad to hear of Paul’s passing especially after a tremendous fight.
    Paul you were a battler to the end and a tremendous insperation to many of us. Rest in Peace my friend and Remember YNWA

  12. Thinking of u all xxx
    RIP Uncle Paul u will missed by all of us here in England love always xxx ❤

  13. Dear Sandi, So sorry to learn of Paul’s sad passing. What an incredible fight he put up. The generosity of you both to share this journey has been an amazing gift to us all. Tony and I send you an enormous hug of love and support at this very very sad time. Much love from us. xxx Gabi and Tony

  14. Dear dear Paul who made my sister Sandi so very happy. This tragic news has shaken the very foundations of rock and water. He was a gift of mankind on loan to all who had the priveledge to meet him and call him family. Love you Sandi XXX

  15. Dear Sandi and family, still can’t believe it, so terribly sad, he was one in a million, a true friend who will be missed everyday. please accept our condolences, Steve and Gail xx

  16. We are devastated to hear the sad news about Paul, he was a great work pal in England for a few years and a squash mate as well. A few times we caught up with him back to England it seemed he had never been away, we only managed to see him and Sandi in Perth once but they made us very welcome and could tell that life downunder was right for him. Unfortunately his true Yorkshire grit couldn’t see him through his illness. You will be sorely missed pal. Thank you Sandi for keeping us informed with Paul’s blog, love to you and the family. Sheila and Gordon. xxxxxxxxx

  17. RIP Paul – all our love and prayers to Sandi & family- you will be missed Mary and Terry xxx

  18. Sandi it was a pleasure to know and work with Paul, he will be very missed. Goodbye Mr Rattles, you’re a champion for eternity, RIP Paul xxx

  19. Rest in peace Paul,an amazing person who we always looked forward to spending time with.
    You were one in a million mate.
    Condolences to Sandi,Damien,Nicolas,Adam and Amy.
    Justin,Renee,Emily +Riley xx

  20. Devestated and so sorry for Sandi and Amy. My thoughts are with you at this so sad time. Paul’s last 60+ days were an inspiration to us all. May he rest in peace.

  21. Dear Sandi and Family
    I can feel with you. No words will make it less painful for you, only time will make it parable with less pain.

    Paul will be in our thoughts for a long time. No employer could have wished for a harder more
    dedicated Colleague. His commitment to all his man will be missed for a long time.

    Please let me know if we can help you in any way.


  22. Dear Sandi Damien Nick Adam Amy and family
    We were shocked and saddened to hear of Pauls passing, Our thoughts are with you at this sad time.
    Paul you were a terrific guy and will be greatly missed by your family and friends.RIP my friend.
    Hilary and Andrew

  23. RIP Paul, you were a true gentleman who will be dearly missed. It won’t be the same in work without the Leeds Everton banter we had, but you’ll always be remembered.

    Sandi and family please accept my condolences

    Peter x

  24. I have never met such an amazing person, I can’t even begin to explain how much I miss you already poppy:( I just wish I could give you one last hug and of course one last little tease about the eagles game today! You are such a fighter and I admire that so much! I love you poppy more than I can ever explain xoxoxoxoxooxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxox shell

  25. Dear Sandi, We have just heard the devastating and unexpected news about Paul and are so very sad for you and all the family.
    Paul was such an exceptional person and we were so privileged to have had him as a friend. He had the most amazing qualities and the brave way he tolerated his recent health problems was just one of them.
    I hope that you can find a little comfort at this sad time with the knowledge that he had such a wonderful life with you and all the family and your support, especially from Sandi, during his time in hospital would have meant the World to him.
    Like everyone who knew Paul we will miss him so much and will always remember him.

    Our fondest love and special thoughts

    Shirley and Stuart xxxx

  26. Im so sorry to hear the news this morning.

    I can never speak highly enough of Paul, ever since the days I can remember – probably when i first started walking and talking 25 years ago hes always been the nicest, most caring genuine man on the planet, to me and to everyone else that comes into contact with him.

    From back then until now Ive always loved having long chats with him about sports, umpiring and the general banter we had over opposing footy and cricket teams! And lets not forget that memorable day orchestrating a bus full of hens down at the cot on a lazy Saturday afternoon in 2011, although he would never admit it, he was at the forefront of proceedings ensuring all the girls had their hens day checklists ticked off, easy going nature always willing to ensure everyone else was having a ball, even if the girls were from “bunbury” hehe no matter who you were or what your background Paul was the man to show you maximum respect.

    He is seriously one of the worlds greatest men and has always been my favourite, as im sure he would rank up their in everyones favourite book. I think anyone who ever came in contact with Paul over the years has been blessed and had a better life with him in it. A pure soul and absolute superstar.

    Big handshake, beer and hugs for you next time I see mate! Love always Clint xoxo #gocrows

  27. Words cannot convey our sadness after hearing that Paul has lost his hard fought battle. What a tough war it was but there were no complaints from you, of course, when the going looked unbearable. You were inspirational and couldn’t have done more to beat it, not just for yourself but for Sandi, Damien, Nicholas, Adam, Amy and your beloved grandchildren, here and on the way, not to mention all your many friends and family who have followed your journey on the blog That’s typical of the man you are and we’re so proud to have called you our friend for the last 33 years. Not long enough Paul, not long enough.

    Rest in peace, mate, you will be missed greatly and will hold a special place in our hearts.

    Love to Sandi, Damien, Nicholas, Adam and Amyxxx

  28. Dear Paul and Sandi,
    This news has come as such a shock – I totally believed you would win this battle, and the posts were so positive of late. After all these years, it was lovely to rekindle our friendship and I was really looking forward to more lovely afternoons reminiscing with you all. My heart goes out to Nicholas, Damian, Amy and Adam, but especially to you Sandi xxx. You have been so brave and I have such respect for you and the way you supported Paul through this terrible ordeal. – and there is still a long road for you to walk.
    I am forever grateful that you gave me the opportunity to catch up before this final farewell.
    My love to you all.

  29. Condolences to Sandi and all of Paul’s Family.

    My thoughts are with you all, Paul will be severely missed by a lot of people!

    RIP Paul

  30. Yet again life proves to me, it’s just not fair! Taken far too soon, I really believed you were going to make it… Paul you are the most genuine person who always took the time to ask, ‘how are you?’ And then you’d wait and really listen to the answer. There’s so few of your kind in the world, without knowing it you taught so many of us so much. I am so lucky to have known you for as long as I did. Always in my heart xxx

  31. Sandi, words cannot express the sadness felt by all of us. My heart aches for you and your family during this time. Paul was a remarkable person and his absence will be missed by all of us. Lisa

  32. Dear Sandi. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to you at this sad time. Paul was such a genuinely great man. It had become a bit of a daily ritual seeing how he was progressing and we were deeply saddened by the news last night. We thank you for enabling us to be kept up to date with his progress and wish the outcome had been so very different for Paul, yourself and your families. Take care. RIP Paul.
    Dan and Carolyn (ex-COB workmate xo)

  33. Dear Sandi and family. Heartfelt sympathy to you. Paul was a very special man and will be so sadly

    missed. Our thoughts are with you in this time of grief. Will always be remembered fondly. RIP Paul.

    Love Helen and Lindsay

  34. Dear Sandi and family,

    Please accept my condolences. I was lucky to work with Paul who gave me his friendship and support every day. Not seeing his smile anymore when passing by his office will make me remember that this was not a given. We have to work hard to give a little bit of this kind of love to those around us. Thank you very much for everything Paul!

  35. Dear Paul,
    Thank you so much for all your support, friendship, teamwork, generosity and joy over the last years. You will be missed!

    Dear Sandi,
    I am so sorry and my thoughts are with you! Please accept my deepest condolence to you and your family.

    Love Stefan

  36. Rest in peace Paul. You will be deeply missed by everyone and remembered fondly. Work will not be the same with out you.
    Condolences to Sandi and family.

  37. Dear Sandi Damien,Nicholas,Amy and Adam & families.

    My heart sank after hearing the terribly shocking news of Paul’s sudden passing. What a magnificent battle he put up. Positive right to the end . It was privilege & honour to have known you old friend & may you rest in peace. Fond memories of our squash days and hilarious camping escapades will always bring a smile to my face .

    Gone but never forgotten.

    Condolences from an old and saddened friend,

  38. Thank you Paul and Sandi for allowing us to share your inspirational journey
    Rest in Peace Paul
    You fought so very hard to stay with your special lady and loved ones and they tried so hard to keep you here
    Everyone who had the pleasure to know you Paul loved and admired you just like we do and will miss you so so much too

    Sandi we have been friends forever sharing everything!
    I am so sorry and so very sad to be sharing your terrible pain of losing Paul
    Love you Biggest hug

  39. Thank you Paul Middleton, thank you for the possibilities you encouraged and nurtured within so many people. Thank you for the fine example showed to those lucky enough to have known you. Thank you for your enthusiasm and calming presence, your sense of humour. You were a good man.

  40. Our heartfelt and sincere condolences go out to Paul’s beloved family who fought the fight with him. He was surely one of a kind who changed so many lives that he touched. Will be fondly remembered. RIP John and Charmaine (Apprenticentre).

  41. Dear Sandi and family
    Most Sincere condolences for the sudden loss of your very much loved and respected PAUL
    It was an absolute privilege to have known PAUL over many years and I can only endorse
    the many comments that have been made.
    You are to be applauded for the care for Paul in this most difficult fight and for allowing us,
    through your blog, on the journey. Words cannot heal the pain but hopefully time and the support of family and friends will. Rest in Peace my friend.

  42. Paul was a top bloke, a genuine character and a good mate… always sincere, friendly and quick with a joke!! Devastating news of his passing from those whom enjoyed his company.

    Condolences to the family. Surely be missed by many people…..

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