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24 Dec 16 20:44
Date Joined: 26 Nov 11
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I am sad to say this chit chat legend has passed away.  Very sad news.
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Report twizzle22 December 24, 2016 9:56 PM GMT
Report rob_dylan December 24, 2016 10:05 PM GMT
I like to think he would be pissing himself laughing at my typo.
Report Dan Chipowski December 24, 2016 10:19 PM GMT
Report Ibrahima Sonko December 24, 2016 10:23 PM GMT
Report Ron-Russian December 24, 2016 10:23 PM GMT
Sad RIP Sad
Report STUDYFORM December 24, 2016 10:36 PM GMT
You're talking about clungehungry? The American on the forum?
This is shocking and very sad news.
Report rob_dylan December 24, 2016 10:38 PM GMT
Lets elaborate. Sparky was here from, I think, 2001, Properly of the old school, that is fifteen years, which is as old school as you get on internet forums.  When people talk about the good old days of chitchat they are probably talking about people like sparky. He was one of the wittiest people on here and one of the most non one-eyed political commentators going. It is a shame that many people who would have remembered him are not on here any more(it being christmas eve obviously doesnt help).  His "downfall of Tommy Toes" video is probably the funniest thing chitchat ever produced.
Report rob_dylan December 24, 2016 10:40 PM GMT
I am afraid so Study.  Though he was basically English with USA heritage.  If anyone has a link to the downfall of Tommy Toes it would be a fitting tribute.
Report rob_dylan December 24, 2016 10:46 PM GMT
Found it. Chitchats finest moment...
Report STUDYFORM December 24, 2016 10:49 PM GMT
I don't have that link, I'm sure someone will find it, rob.
You're right, another of the vestiges of a once great forum and meeting place is gone. Tragic.
He can't have been very old.

My thoughts go to his friends and family
Report rob_dylan December 24, 2016 10:56 PM GMT
Mid to late forties
Report Ron-Russian December 24, 2016 10:59 PM GMT
Wow awful rob
Report Ibrahima Sonko December 24, 2016 11:03 PM GMT
Very witty guy, didnt he live in west country ?

40 something Sad
Report STUDYFORM December 24, 2016 11:04 PM GMT
I just watched the link, it led to some others.

The best one and SO fitting for the time of year.
I implore anyone who's been here for any length of time to watch it.
A clever bit of lyric writing and well put together.

RIP Mark.
Report Muntz Street December 24, 2016 11:05 PM GMT
46 - he was aged 40 in July 2010, anyway.

Where did you hear, Rob?
Report GoOnThen December 24, 2016 11:06 PM GMT
Report rob_dylan December 24, 2016 11:10 PM GMT
That is brilliant Study. I think he had a friend who was a singer who sang those lyrics for the vid.  God knows what she thought she was singing about.
Report rob_dylan December 24, 2016 11:13 PM GMT
Muntz:  facebook.  I wouldnt announce it if I wasnt sure, and his brother, amongst numerous others, has commented on the matter. Dont know if Tommy Toes knows, he hasnt been seen on here for yonks.
Report Muntz Street December 24, 2016 11:16 PM GMT
Thanks rob.  I was hoping you were wrong.  My sister interacted with him on FB, but she has had computer difficulties over the past few weeks so she wouldn't have heard.
Report Ibrahima Sonko December 24, 2016 11:18 PM GMT
Superb xmas chit chat song, stunning voice.
Report pumphol. December 24, 2016 11:19 PM GMT
46, absolutely no age, one of the forums good guys Sad
Report rob_dylan December 24, 2016 11:23 PM GMT

Hotel chitchatdorum. Another sparky masterpiece and agreed, a great voice.
Report a bitofinterest December 24, 2016 11:25 PM GMT
Report RoyClaytonsTash December 24, 2016 11:35 PM GMT
I think most of bitos comedy persona was based on Sparky.A fine poster.
Report kenny mann December 24, 2016 11:50 PM GMT
Shocked to hear that,more so as I could put a face to the poster.
Report rob_dylan December 24, 2016 11:57 PM GMT
I met him for a walk down Sussex way earlier this year Kenny.  We watched us lose the T20 world cup final in four painful balls. Happy days still.  Funny guy.
Report Muntz Street December 24, 2016 11:59 PM GMT
He and I - and my brother, and "surfer rosa" who posts on the footy forum, did a charity walk in 2010; quite a few chitchatters donated to it.
Report kenny mann December 25, 2016 12:01 AM GMT
Brilliant poster, rob, no doubt about that. Did tons of charitu stuff too.
Report rob_dylan December 25, 2016 12:01 AM GMT
I remember it well Muntz
Report rob_dylan December 25, 2016 12:07 AM GMT
I am in quiz room muntz
Report Muntz Street December 25, 2016 12:08 AM GMT
Report Ron-Russian December 25, 2016 12:11 AM GMT
Muntz Street    24 Dec 16 23:05 
46 - he was aged 40 in July 2010, anyway.

That is my age exact to the month - Terrible
Report EvgenyKissin December 25, 2016 12:35 AM GMT
Did Sparkmaster run around Doncaster racecourse a few years back for charity?
Report Ron-Russian December 25, 2016 12:44 AM GMT
When i read the original post i wondered if there was an error
as twizzle said.

Can't ever remember speaking to Sparkmaster.

anyway not trying to turn this into a chatting thread.

Report Torquemada December 25, 2016 1:07 AM GMT
This is awful news, genuinely shocked and saddened to hear of his passing. RIP.
Report Ovalman. December 25, 2016 5:52 AM GMT
Horrible news, RIP Sparky
Report wit-ham December 25, 2016 7:43 AM GMT
Very sad to hear this RIP Sparky
Report Foinavon December 25, 2016 8:53 AM GMT
I remember him posting regularly on here. A great shame for one so young.
Report Mikael D'Haguenet December 25, 2016 9:29 AM GMT
Dreadful news. Used to listen to him on university radio when me, TT and robdylan seemed to be the only three people taking part in the quiz! Born in Milwaukee but not a Brewers fan. What's up with that? Loved his Packers though. Always seemed to have his ugly mug surrounded by pretty girls in the pictures he must've photoshopped.

Marvellous stiff Sparky. RIP.
Report Makybe_Diva December 25, 2016 9:49 AM GMT
Very sad. RIP
Report morpteh mackem December 25, 2016 10:16 AM GMT
rip Mmr Sparkmaster , emailed me some info re b and b as his brother had one in south west area.
Report screaming from beneaththewaves December 25, 2016 10:20 AM GMT
Made me laugh, and one of the names you could guarantee to take your mind off the bad punting days, which is what this place is for really. Sharp and very thoughtful too.

Memorial service on Dongs of Praise?
Report bigmo December 25, 2016 10:27 AM GMT
Very sad news RIP.
Report paris December 25, 2016 10:50 AM GMT
Very sad news. rip sparky.Sad
Report terry mccann December 25, 2016 11:29 AM GMT
no age at all,
R.I.P Buddy
Report casemoney December 25, 2016 1:11 PM GMT
Very Sad News RIP sparky , was a forum Legend old school Sad

What happened to him Rob ,thought was a very fit guy used to be always on walks etc,,
Report rob_dylan December 25, 2016 2:06 PM GMT
I am not sure casemoney.  He had had some health issues over the last few years. I only met him once(for a walk earlier this year) there have been hundreds of eulogies on his facebook but no mention of cause of death and I am not about to ask.
Report tobermory December 25, 2016 3:57 PM GMT
I am shocked to hear this.

When i first looked on Chit Chat , Sparkmaster was the first poster that stood out with his threads and posts , and it was clear that he had been at the heart of the CC Forum for many years before that.

He began the amazin fact thread that is the oldest here.
Report bigH December 25, 2016 6:00 PM GMT
Sad news

RIP Sparkmaster
Report PatraTheCat December 25, 2016 6:45 PM GMT
Sparky always seemed to be sound as a pound. RIP.
Report SlippyBlue December 25, 2016 6:56 PM GMT
That is absolutely shocking news, I can't really believe it. Still a young man and was a great poster, so sad. Just truly awful to read that.Cry
Report Capt__F December 25, 2016 6:57 PM GMT
Report Larry Sellers December 25, 2016 9:52 PM GMT
Very sorry to hear this.  Remember him from the glory days of the forum.

Report Aspro December 25, 2016 10:15 PM GMT
Sad news indeed

Report bodil December 26, 2016 8:45 AM GMT
That is shocking news.  A most amiable poster and verbally/visually talented. Great charity fund-raiser also.  It seems to have been an exceptionally bad year for deaths.

Can't help thinking 46 is probably the average lifespan of an inhabitant of Stoke.
Report Degs December 26, 2016 8:57 AM GMT
Very sad news. One of the guys I remember on here when I first joined up, always enjoyed his posts and wit. Will be greatly missed.
Report crags December 26, 2016 5:24 PM GMT
Can hardly believe this but having had a look on facebook, it does indeed look like he died on Christmas eve morning.

Some of his friends have changed their profile picture to one of Mark or one of them with him. Shows how well respected the guy was.

Report Mc Moonbeam December 26, 2016 5:41 PM GMT
I donated £10 to his Charity walk in 2010 .. hope he just spent it on fish & chips & a few beers Happy

Report rob_dylan December 26, 2016 5:46 PM GMT
Just in case people dont know, he had for a number of years now mainly posted as "clungehungry". Though he was posting less and less in the last two years.
Report everythings gone green December 26, 2016 6:05 PM GMT
Sad news. I remember him mainly from the quizzing days, his Neverending Quiz thread sticks in my mind. And his wicked sense of humour. RIP Sparky Sad
Report DIE LINKE December 26, 2016 6:38 PM GMT
Very sad to hear, a very genuine chap who would go out of his way to help people.
Report stewarty b December 26, 2016 8:11 PM GMT
Saw this thread earlier but didn't go into it thinking it was some kind of joke. Beyond belief. A top man whom I conversed with many times in the old days. His change of username was due to a card problem if I remember correctly. Tommy Toes will be devastated.

Gobsmacked tbh. R.I.P. Sparky. A true gent.
Report stewarty b December 26, 2016 8:17 PM GMT
** I remember seeing a photo of him on the chit chat photo thread which is well gone I believe. The Glimmer Man was also on it along with his wife. Must of been about ten-twelve years ago?
Report Des Pond December 26, 2016 8:48 PM GMT
Very sad to lose his life at such a young age. I can't remember if I ever conversed with Sparky on the forum (probably did at some point)RIP.
Report boggle December 26, 2016 8:52 PM GMT
Very sad to hear about Sparky. Always thought he was very smart, funny and humane. The memory that makes me smile is a quiz he hosted matching images to forumites' names and a certain porn star that enjoyed the company of animals. I hope Tommy got to meet him in the flesh in the end.
Report Coachbuster December 26, 2016 9:02 PM GMT
sorry to hear this  .RIP Mr Sparks
Report SlippyBlue December 26, 2016 9:16 PM GMT
I never met sparksmaster but lobbed him a few quid when he was raising money for charity, absolutely dreadful that one of our own has passed away so young Cry
Report kenny mann December 26, 2016 9:24 PM GMT
I hope Tommy got to meet him in the flesh in the end

He did boggle, more than once I believe.
Report Foinavon December 27, 2016 12:18 AM GMT
Tommy is too tight to pay for a proper internet connection so probably doesn't even know. Sad
Report Hank Hill December 27, 2016 12:20 AM GMT
With all the celeb deaths of this year this one hits the hardest. I didn't know he was so young and as others said he was around early doors on here. Seemed a very genuine person and helped me out with info on here more than once. Sad news indeed.
Report tobermory December 27, 2016 12:36 AM GMT

Dec 26, 2016 -- 3:24PM, kenny mann wrote:

I hope Tommy got to meet him in the flesh in the endHe did boggle, more than once I believe.

Not sure about that considering his last post was asking TT what his address was.

Report crags December 27, 2016 12:46 AM GMT
They have definitely met, all regular posters on here the last few years know this as fact. but people sometimes do move house.
Report crags December 28, 2016 12:10 AM GMT
Report David Fishwick Minibus Sales December 28, 2016 2:35 PM GMT
for somebody on an anonymous internet forum, he always came across as a decent sort and i enjoyed many humorous exchanges with the bloke.

very sad news indeed.
Report danniellasmincepies December 29, 2016 6:58 PM GMT
To echo tobermory, Degs and others, Sparkmaster was the stand out poster when i first joined, sad news .
Report crags December 29, 2016 11:22 PM GMT
Hello there friends and fans. For anyone who would like to see me sent off - my funeral is at 12 noon on Friday the 13th of January.
[OK, this was posted by big brother. Please don't be *too* sad now. Remember that Mark could see fun and humour in everything :-) ]
Oh, and I should have added: it will be at Scarborough crematorium.

Friday 13th. and arranged by his 80 year old Mum.
Report kenny mann December 29, 2016 11:28 PM GMT
Tambourine Man (who can't post anymore as he's in Canada) sent me some "fun" photos of sparky who always seemed to have one or several nice looking chicks around him. Will post some when approved.
Report crags December 30, 2016 1:29 AM GMT
Dozens of them on facebook, some videos as well. He wasn't shy that way.
Report kenny mann December 30, 2016 10:19 AM GMT
I'm not a facebook man.

This is a good one, an early one I think. He was quite trim here.

Report Burton-Brewers December 30, 2016 11:43 AM GMT
A leftie through and through, but not nasty with his replies like some.
The Four Canal walk was a good money spinner for charity, and the conversation when trying to teach Tommy Toes on here how to use the functions on a mobile phone was hilarious, but nothing will beat 'The Downfall of Tommy Toes' hitler parody video, that was superb.
Does anybody know what the cause of his demise was?  He didn't smoke or do drugs but we know he liked a drink or six and was overweight.

Report Angoose December 30, 2016 12:06 PM GMT
I've been away from the forum for a long time and just returned in the last few days and saw this thread.

Like many others, I always enjoyed reading Sparkmaster's posts, he was a sharp cookie who always expressed his thoughtful opinions in a respectful manner, even when you were talking pish (and lots of us on here do).

Life is a strange journey and on the day that I dipped back in to the form earlier this week, my wife returned from a trip to the shopping mall with the kids.

They had acquired yet more stuff for the kids to mess around with, a plastic tea set for my little girl and an inflatable red horse for her little brother, just what we need, eh.

Anyway, the horse was announced as being called Sparky, I assure you that I am not making that up.
Aint life strange.

RIP Sparkmaster, gone but not forgotten.
Report crags December 30, 2016 12:35 PM GMT
kenny, that photo is not Sparky. It's one of his mates, Brian I think.
Report scandanavian_haven December 30, 2016 12:42 PM GMT
Report Angoose December 30, 2016 12:58 PM GMT
Sparky can be seen 23 seconds in on this one .....
Report rob_dylan December 30, 2016 2:10 PM GMT
I would not have described sparky as a lefty. He was one of a select number of people on here who didnt feel any blind allegiance to a political party or, necessarily even a political movement.  For that reason he was always worth listening to on matters politics... He was in no way one eyed.  He had done lots of walking in the last couple of years and had lost a lot of weight from some of the pics on here.  There were other health issues recently but, rightly or wrongly, I never asked him about the specifics of these.
Report Angoose December 30, 2016 2:19 PM GMT
He does have Jeremy Corbyn as a "likes" on facebook, suggests he was a little bit left of centre, but absolutely nowt wrong with that in my book.

The earlier post describes his as not being one eyed.

Anyway, an all round good bloke who has been taken from his family and friends way too early.
Report kenny mann December 30, 2016 2:41 PM GMT

kenny, that photo is not Sparky. It's one of his mates, Brian I think.

Brilliant, crags. You passed that test very well.

I'll be posting the real sparky later tonight, with a nice Asian chick.
Report stewarty b December 30, 2016 2:59 PM GMT
The 'chit chat photo thread' of him shows him at a fancy dress if I remember correctly. His girlfriend at the time was a real stunner dressed up as a squaw.

I'm going back ten years or so but if TGM was here he could back that up. He actually told me a story about her. There was no malice in it but he did say he would never speak to her again for some reason.
Report kenny mann December 30, 2016 3:14 PM GMT
Report kenny mann December 30, 2016 3:14 PM GMT
He certainly was a babe magnet

Report frasier January 2, 2017 9:48 AM GMT
Good bloke. Funny, intelligent, articulate, and not in the least bit mental. Probably why he stood out on chit-chat.   

RIP Sparky.
Report Burton-Brewers January 2, 2017 11:14 AM GMT
In his own words.
Report sofiakenny January 2, 2017 11:32 AM GMT
Happy New Year frasier...Any chance of you returning?
Report Tommy Toes March 28, 2017 2:14 AM BST
I didn't know.

I've returned to Chit Chat tonight for the first time since the end of October 2016 and on reading the pub thread saw that Sparky had passed - so I've looked for a thread that confirms it.

I'm devastated.

Sparky was a very special human being and his glorious sense of humour and pure, sparkling humanity was something rarely seen - and which will never be replaced.

May you be forever in eternal peace now my dear, dear old friend.
Report casemoney March 29, 2017 12:10 AM BST
Sad dreadful another person gone too young
Report scandanavian_haven March 29, 2017 12:24 AM BST
rob dylan who opened this thread was banned just so you know.
Report xmoneyx March 29, 2017 3:14 AM BST

a good dry wit
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