RIP Colonialist – The Last Post

Dear followers of my dad, Les Noble’s, blog.

It is with great sadness that I have to inform you of Les’ untimely passing on the 13th March after a supremely courageous battle with cancer. He was ill for some time, but nothing totally prepares you for the finality of death and we are struggling to come to terms with his loss. We couldn’t have asked for a more devoted husband, father and grandfather as I’m sure you’ve all witnessed from his regular posts on the achievements of his family. He derived so much pleasure from his Blog and all the wonderful people he corresponded with on it. Thank you all so much for your supportive comments and encouragement – sending off his regular posts was definitely his ”happy place” and one of the few things he could still do right at the end. He’s left us with such a wonderful legacy of amazing novels and beautiful compositions – he will surely remain in our hearts forever.

Fond regards

Robyn and family.

About colonialist

Active septic geranium who plays with words writing fantasy novels and professionally editing, with notes writing classical music, and with riding a mountain bike, horses and dinghies. Recently Indie Publishing has been added to this list.
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36 Responses to RIP Colonialist – The Last Post

  1. flimflamflik says:

    Oh no… I haven’t looked at my blog for so long. I’m so utterly devastated to read this! Les, thank you for your guidance which I will never forget! Heaven has gained a wonderful man who will add to its beauty. Sincere belated condolences to the family. God bless you.


  2. dunelight says:

    When I sat down to write today, after years absence due to health, my fear was some friends will have passed. Colonialist posted concern on my wall back in 2019. He must have been ill himself at the time.

    Now that I am back I will miss his blogs. I am sorry for your loss.


  3. equinoxio21 says:

    I thought today might be the sad anniversary. I don’t know if anyone will read this message, but if you do, know that Les is not forgotten… 🙏🏻

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  4. So deeply sorry for your loss. We never forget this beautiful Soul. Fly free Col, until we meet again🐾😽💞


  5. d1nx says:

    Dear Col’s family,
    My heartfelt sympathy and deepest condolences on your sad and traumatic loss. May the memories you made together help to comfort you always. (I’m sorry this is so late, but I’ve been out of commission for a long while and am shocked at the sad news).
    He was a special presence in the early blogging years of Letterdash, before and beyond and I so enjoyed interacting with him and buying his books for my grandchildren. I’m sad for you all. May he rest in peace. It was an honour to know him.
    Fondest regards,


  6. equinoxio21 says:

    Dear Robyn. My warmest sympathies to you and all your family. I’d learnt of your Dad’s passing through Arkhenaten, another blogger. I was and remain in deep shock. I knew he was ill but hoped he’d pull thorugh. Sadly not.
    Your father was a wonderful man. A dry sense of humour. And impeccable wit. Awful rhyme which sometimes inspired me a back and forth of (even worse) rhymes.
    I loved the way he took care of his granddaughters who must be devastated.
    I sometimes put up a post and wonder how he would have reacted… 😉
    I do miss the joy he gave us all. Very sorry for your loss.
    Brian. Aka “Equinoxio”.


  7. Oh my Robyn and family and I am so genuinely sad to read this, Les was absolutely lovely to me and I will miss him. He was so supportive and caring and helped me immensely with my grammar and how to precis my biography.
    My very best wishes, Charlotte x


  8. cupitonians says:

    I’m so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. He was a constant in my life through my many global moves from India to Thailand to Germany to England and even Tanzania! I will sorely miss him but I’m happy to know that his words will live on, and bring us joy for years to come. My condolences to you and your family. ❤


  9. Gastradamus says:

    Thank you for taking the time to read my stories. Your comments always stood out in a funny way. Will see you on the other side in heaven. God bless you and your family


  10. MoreThanACat says:

    I am so sorry to hear your Dad has died. He was an inspiration and a lovely companion of an evening. I enjoyed his posts and encouragement for my own humble efforts. Sending my condolences and hugs xx


  11. susanben says:

    So sorry to hear! Wonderful memories are left in my mind! Hugs to all esp MBH as he referred to her!


  12. Tokeloshe. says:

    I am so sorry for your loss, our condolences to you and your family.


  13. AnnMarie says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. I will miss his wonderful comments on my brother’s blog (Disperser).


  14. disperser says:

    He was a special person and I will remember his energy, advice, and the way he seemed to live life to the fullest. My condolences.

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  15. I am so sorry to hear this.
    My love, condolences, and (((HUGS))) to all of your family.


  16. Desdi says:

    I am saddened to hear this. Colonialist was always witty and fun to banter with.
    I will miss his obsessive and hilarious wordplay, and will esteem more than ever his comments at my blog, where he was a welcome reader. Condolences to all his loved ones.


  17. Robyn, I am very sad. I knew your father simply as Col: author, poet, punster, musician and composer. With a razor-sharp intellect, you could always rely on him for some cracking wordplay in any discussion. He was strong, opinionated and full of integrity, a waterfall of creativity and I shall miss him sorely. All the best to you all: we will meet again someday.

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  18. Lizzie Ross says:

    I’m so sorry, Robyn. I’ve enjoyed following your father’s blog for many years now, and our occasional back-and-forth comments were always fun. I can only repeat what so many others have written: he’ll be greatly missed.

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  19. Widdershins says:

    Bon Voyage, Les 😦 … may whatever adventures are before you wherever you are, be filled with love and laughter, and beings of wit and will to match your own. 🙂

    Liked by 3 people

  20. beeblu says:

    So sorry for your loss. Vale, Colonialist.

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  21. Dear Robyn, your dad was a wonderful character. We met a few times and I remember how he made me laugh out loud. He was such a wordsmith and could out-pun anyone, I’m sure. His love for and dedication to his family shone through his blog posts for all to see. He will be greatly missed by me and I know that you must all be so devastated by your great loss. Sending much love to you all. RIP dear Col.

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  22. SueW says:

    Robyn, Thank you so much for posting your very sad news.

    I contacted Les a couple of weeks ago and after not receiving a reply I feared the worst.
    I am so, so sorry to hear this.

    I remember clearly when his illness began and those very first tests, we both had back ache at the same time and compared our aches and pains, very often on my own blog he kept me up-to-date.

    I know how much you will all miss him, he was your much loved rock.
    You have my deepest sympathy – Warmest wishes to you all.

    Kindest Regards,

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  23. Oh I will miss hom. I’m so sorry for your loss. ❤

    Liked by 1 person

  24. nicolaavery says:

    So sorry, he was an amazing fighter with a great sense of humour. RIP and love

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  25. Susi Bocks says:

    Such sad news to wake up to. I’m so sorry for your loss and will miss Les’s posts. :_(

    Liked by 2 people

  26. Calmgrove says:

    His has been a unique voice and viewpoint, quirky and opinionated at times, true, but also witty, engaging and incisive and clearly a proud family man. Les will indeed be missed here.

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  27. Oh, how we are all going to miss his humour and energy! Thank you for this post, that shows the loving kindness of your family.

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  28. I am so, so sorry. His sense of humour was amazing, and he regularly commented on my blog. My thoughts are with you at this sad time.

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  29. Colleen says:

    Ah Col you will be missed by many! Thank you for the years of fun and interesting reading. I really did enjoy! RIP and deepest sympathy to MBH and the family. Thank you for sharing Robyn x x

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  30. Thank you so much for this, Robyn. We watched his struggle from our New Forest which of course he knew well. I was only a day or two ago commenting on how important it is for us to know when our blogging friends disappear for this reason. Naturally we have followed the success of granddaughters. Are you the daughter who lives over here?

    I don’t know what I’ll do without his terrible puns 🙂

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  31. The Asian says:

    I’m so sorry to hear this. He will be sorely missed

    Liked by 1 person

  32. elspethc says:

    I am a distant online discoverer, and heard his courage as he posted his ‘adventures’ in hospital appointments and other things in which he delighted. I think he will have passed that courage on to you all who will miss him. My sympathy at this time.

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  33. I feel with you folk. How fortunate you were to have had such a quality patriarc. I will his blogs. Hermann Hanekom, Cape Town.

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  34. Deb Whittam says:

    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. He’ll be missed

    Liked by 1 person

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