|Mark Purdey - Tributes
On behalf of myself and
family, I would like to express my thanks to all
those who have sent tributes in his memory.
Sincerely - Margaret
||From: Sara Watersan - East
Anglia - 11th April 2008
'I have only just found this
site site, amazingly, since Mark's concerns are close to my own.
I've been immensely moved by the humanity of his approach to all
these terrible problems we suffer as a result of the refusal of
Big Business to put our health and that of the earth before
their own profits. My condolences to Mark's family on the loss
of an extraordinary man: I can only say I too wish I'd known
him. I hope the website will remain for as long as it is needed.
Those who would like to follow or join in other ways the fight
against pesticides and their effect on human and animal health,
should visit the website of anther brave crusader, Georgina
Downs, currently taking on the might of DEFRA in the High Court,
in her mission to force acknowledgment of the poisonous legacy
of OP use:
Sara Waterson' - http://www.pesticidescampaign.co.uk/
From: Sandy Moore - 30th
Dear Margaret and
I was so suddenly shocked to
discover Mark passed away in 2006 and cannot believe I didn't
know about it. As you know I met Mark in Ireland and we lived
rough and happy, played music through the green, misty days of
rhododendron blossoms. I will always cherish my memories of him
and your visit to Nova Scotia as well as when Linda and I
visited High Barn Farm, the bustle of your life and milking
those cows with Mark. You all have our sincerest condolences and
Sandy Moore Sandy V.A. Moore
- Brunswick St. Halifax Nova Scotia, Canada B3K 2Y4
||From: Nick Malicka - 25th
'You Gentle Man – for Mark Purdey
You were a pilgrim of the earth
Hallowed were the paths you trod
Irish forests, Irish fields
Glengarriff to Kenmare
Chorus Cease to strive you gentle man
Cease to strive
Sacred were your cherished cows
Nature cupped you in her hand
Nourished you who nourished her
Shared her rain and verdant land.
When you blew your saxophone
When you whispered with your flute
Celtic spirits filled the tone
Holy was the harmony.
Anchored was your life in truth
You navigated through the lies
As a standing stone endures
You did not yield to compromise
Father, husband, farmer, friend
Your beloved bear your seed,
Planted in their growing minds,
Rooted in their loving hearts
Fragile are the threads of
Delicate the cloth we weave
But your colours shall not
From the tapestry you leave'
- Nick Malicka
||From: Kathy Moss
- 3rd October 2007
'I'm shocked; came to the website for information, and hadn't heard that Mark had died. He was truly inspiring and I am so sorry at the news.' - Kathryn Moss
Angus, Shetland -
25th September 2007
'Mark was an amazing man, I
was so saddened to read he had passed away, my love
and healing thoughts go to his family.'
|From: Judith Rowley, Newnham,
Herts - 28th June 2007
'What a shock to hear of Mark Purdey's death. I heard him talk at 'The Green Fair' a few years ago.
Just hope that there are enough of you to continue in his footsteps.
Regards and condolences to you all, - Judith
||From: Carl Wisconsin, USA - 21st
'Thank you, thank you for keeping Mr Purdey's great research on line for us.
To me, he is the 'point
soldier' in the battle to expose the diabolical manipulation of victims and truth in the war against world control by the industrial cartels.
Because of their control of media, few realize we are in a war for survival against a totally depraved power network.
Only the truth will set us free!
|From: Dr A.J.Max Forrester,
Somerset - 15th may 2007
'I am sad to hear of the passing
of Mark. He gave a very interesting talk
to Somerset Organic Gardeners
some years ago and made us all think.
Thinking of you all at this
time - Max'
Dr A.J.Max Forrester
||From: Trudy Jane Markwick,
South Australia - 2nd April 2007
Family & Friends of Mark Purdey,
Following a recent seminar on
ME/CFS where the possible kinks to organophosphate was
discussed, I began searching the net for information.
I want to tell you how very
important Mark's work has been and continues to be in my search
of the truth. We
live in a time where we rely on information that is media fed
& industry/ business driven, by greed, telling us only that
which fits with their hidden agenda.
Mark like my daughter Clare,
are our loved ones. Not numbers, nor statistics or consumers.
They are to us real. They are to us valued. They are to us,
people. I will be
forever grateful for Mark's open mindedness, intellect & his
understanding and commitment to our environment.
As his loved one's, I say
thank you. As a mother I understand that the accomplishment of
one family member reflects also the love, support and commitment
of the family as a whole. Mark's
commitment to organic farming may well be the difference between
my beautiful Clare's recovery from ME/CFS or her slavery to a
disease that has consumed the last 5 years of her life. For that
& for his determination to be heard by the scientific
community, I will be forever grateful.
(My daughter) Clare, aged
eighteen and always a good student with dreams of studying music
at University, has just pulled out of high school to concentrate
on trying to get well. I
am researching all I can on organophosphates. If
you have an mailing list I would be interested in joining or
becoming a member. In
1981 I nursed a patient with Crutzfelt- Jacobsen's Disease,
which was little known of at the time. I have a medical back
ground as a Registered Nurse. Again
my sincere thanks & condolences' - Sincerely
||From: Elena Herrero Hernandez,
MD PhD, Portland, Oregon, US - 28th March 2007
'I invited Mark some years ago
to give a lecture in Turin University, Italy and enjoyed his
friendship and his wonderful sense of humour.
I just knew about his death
from the web and I feel very sad about it. I want to express to
his family my sincere condolences.'
- Elena Herrero Hernandez
From: C. Symington, Austin - 20th
'I learned only today of
Mark's death via your website as I logged on to read his latest
Like many, my association
with him was by internet only, but during each correspondence
Mark was always friendly, accessible, helpful, and
ever-so-brilliant - despite all the demands on his time.
I consider Mark a hero
for our times, the best of the best of humanity; it's hard to
believe he is gone. He will be sorely missed by all who
seek knowledge, honesty, bravery (!), and truth.
So long, Mark, and THANK YOU
for all you did in your brief lifetime.' - C Symington
Jordan, Perth, Australia - 9th March 2006
'I am deeply saddened to hear
of Mark's passing as although my contact with him was
only through the internet there was a feeling much stronger
than simply 'the web'.
A great loss indeed to his
areas of interest and people like me who found his work
very valuable to subjects of personal research, in this
case the Groote Eylandt Syndrome
My sincere and deep sorrow to
May his work continue somehow and his web-site go
on, Vale Mark and rest in peace.' - Dan
||From: Gaynor , Banwell, North
Somerset - 18th
'I have just heard of Marks
untimely death and am very saddened by this news.
I became acquainted with
Mark and his family when buying a Jersey
cow (called Snowflower) from him in 1981!We all remained friends
both through farming and playing music for a number of
years until moving away from the South Somerset area. Sadly we
lost touch which I now regret very much.
My condolences to his family:
Mark was a remarkable and focussed man who
will be greatly missed by all. God Bless' - Gaynor x
|From: Tom Bliss -
'I'm sorry to say I've only
just heard of Mark's tragic death.
It was in my mind to contact him
last year because we were at school together and I'd been
following his struggle in the media, but a friend told me he was ill so
I let the moment pass. I regret that now.
My own family has reason
to be concerned about agri-chemicals (my Mother-in-law was sprayed
by a crop-dusting helicopter and immediately became ill - to
die many years later, I believe from the
toxins) and I wish I had told
him how much I admired his work and persistence.
It was Mark who
introduced me to the type of music that has now become my livelihood
- I can remember like yesterday the first time I ever heard music
in stereo - Fotheringay through Mark's
headphones! Mark and his mate
Julian Newton also introduced us (Julian's younger brother
Piers - who was my mate - and I) to people like the ISB, Dr Strangely
Strange and Tir Na Nog as well as many
other bands who've had a
major influence on me, so I wish I'd thanked him for that too.
May his family find peace
and happiness and may the scientific community carry forward his
work to the benefit of all.' - Tom
Sarnoff - Health
Advocacy in the Public Interest, Santa Barbara, California (President
'I only now learned of
Mark's passing. It is impossible to explain the shock. I now
wish I had called when my instincts prompted me to, but then I
always wondered if I was taking valuable time away from his work
and family, and so tried to keep calls to a minimum, even though
Mark was so kind about sharing his ideas with me. I wish I could
have said goodbye, but then, how do we ever say goodbye
Mark is one of those rare
individuals who was able to speak to people fluently in both a
scientific and lay manner. His countless, everlasting gifts to
the many beings of this fragile planet will continue to nourish
our spirits, our minds and hearts. Mark's unbridled thinking
laid an immense groundwork of research and understanding that
gave an elegant framework to the conversation of living in
harmony with nature and the ramifications and costs of our
civilization ignoring the natural ways of living and
cultivating. His discoveries about BSE are some of the most
profound scientific observations of the last several decades.
Mark was in possession of a phenomenal mind which nourished a
generation of progressive thinkers, activists, scientists,
health practitioners and ranchers from around the world.
Thank you Mark Purdey for all the love, the gifts, the late
nights of research, the generous spirit willing to help those
crazy strangers who rang you up at odd hours and who called upon
you from all directions, thank you for being a mentor to so many
of us who seek the truth.
May you rest in a blessed
paradise of peace, farewell dear friend and comrade' -
|From: Helen Armstrong -
Northern Territory, Australia.
'I only discovered Mark
today and was/am so excited - it all made sense. And then I
discovered he had died last year. I am so sorry.
I could imagine him in 20 or
30 or so years, the wisdom, the acknowledgement by MAFF and co
that he was right - vindicated. What else might he have
discovered? Instead he will have to watch from heaven.
My condolences to his family
and to mankind.' - Helen Armstrong
From: David Wilmot -
'Mark Purdey was ahead of
his time, and I am greatly saddened to learn of his death.
His children should know that
his work will one day prove to be monumental, and many of us
around the world have been fired by his passionate approach to
finding the truths behind environmental toxins.
One of the proudest moments
of my life was welcoming Mark into my home and accompanying
him on an investigation to find the cause of the great
incidence of multiple sclerosis surrounding a former Naval Air
Station in Massachusetts.
Mark's passing gives me
sadness and a renewed commitment to persevere towards all the
answers that Mark knew were not far beyond politically
God bless Mark Purdey. -
and Linda Elliott -
Wildrose Elk Ranch,
my deepest sympathy to Mark's wife and family.
I attended one of his
conferences at Lloydeminster, Saskatchewan, Canada and
I did take time to talk with Mark for several hours at that
Conference. Now I find it so hard to come to terms with his
passing. I can't believe it, as I've only just heard of his death
tonight, (January 14th) and he died in November.
Please, please give our
regards to Mark's whole family from the Elliots in Canada;
he was a truly remarkable man and one that was always
searching for the truth.
Also, as they don't have
a computer, please send their sympathy from Ed and Faye
Davidson from loughheed Alberta. They also attended several
of Marks conferences for BSE.
May God be with you all.
Regards from Arnold and Linda Elliott'
David Woodland, Somerset - ITV News Reporter
was, and still is, an inspirational figure for anyone fighting
to get to the truth. Each time I met him I always came away glad
that he was there tirelessly and enthusiastically digging away
to get at the facts. His intellect was awesome and his knowledge
of his subject matter extremely impressive. If only we had more
people like him. I am hugely saddened that, at 52, he is no
longer alive. I hope Margaret and their eight children can cope
on their wild but beautiful hill farm. - David
|From: USA - Mark Edwards -
'I had just returned to
Mark's site to provide a reference when I saw the
his passing. My
undergraduate degree is in molecular biology. I found Mark's
be very interesting and
pointed in the right direction. My condolences to his
very sharp researcher has
slipped from our presence. - Mark Edwards'
'I just heard that Mark
passed away, and I want to extend my deepest condolences and
express my great appreciation to his family who certainly
sacrificed so that his work would continue.
My heart hurts for you and
your loss, and although I don't know how old your children
are, I am certain that they weren't old enough to lose him.
Thanks for all you have done,
and please know that prayers for peace are being lifted for
you. Blessings - Doreen'
From: Mark Pickard,
Germany - Vox
'It was with the utmost
sadness I learned of Mark's tragically
premature death from my good friend and fellow journalist,
Ralph Berney, who is based in Turkey. News of Mark's passing has travelled far, it seems; which is hardly
surprising given the respect he commands for his monumental
achievements and unflagging devotion to his extraordinary
work, and the affection he commands for his gentle,
kind and utterly engaging personality.
Mark was truly a noble 'renegade'
who devoted almost two decades of his life to exposing the deceit
of the government, corporate-driven psuedo science on BSE/CJD
- a deception as nefarious as that of the tobacco
industry 'yesterday', the climate-change-denial lobby
today, and no doubt some other grotesque, greed-driven concoction
of the same depraved, plutocratic state/corporate
I had the huge privilege
of interviewing Mark Purdey just a little more than
a year ago. I had intended the interview to last some 20
minutes or so, but so utterly compelling, committed,
passionate, articulate and uniquely affecting was he that
I found myself utterly captivated for fully one hour and
(To see the interview - Click
here! - An mp3 file 12.5 MB 13,179,136 bytes)
Mark said something during
the interview that, although it fell victim to editing, has
stuck resolutely with me ever since; "...I honestly
believe that, whether it takes a week or many, many
years, the truth will always 'out'; there's nothing they can
do to stop it". Those who, perhaps understandably, fear
that Mark's prodigious work may now have been in vain should
take heart. Mark was surely as right in this as he was in
his astounding science!
Yours - Mark
From: USA - Maj Pete
'Unfortunately, I only
recently discovered Mark and his brilliant insights
into the possible causes of
Mad Cow Disease, as I was growing increasingly
concerned over the doubletalk
by the American Government on this issue and started my own little
I have University training in
Biology and Mathematics, and the power of his reasoning was immediately
apparent to me and should give pause to any worker
this field of study.....the fact that the reaction from the
established vested interests is; deny,
deny, deny...without any attempt to address his powerful questions.....raises
a BS alert flag in my mind...
I note that he died fairly
young for these times. I am not sure about
conspiracy theories; I
believe they exist...but unfortunately the victims of
these (which can include the
whole of the World) never seem tot be able to marshal all the facts to
bring the would be perpetuators to justice. Since
these would be perpetrators
could include some of the most powerful people in the World; I suppose the
potential for erasing the trail of their evil deeds is very high; Sadly.
I have always felt that
there has been a rise in the ability and the fact of
mass manipulation and
propaganda to keep the whole of citizens compliant
and cover over many of the
real agendas behind government actions and political events in the
What stunned me originally,
when reading about the establishment theory of
prion genesis, was how a
chemical precursor without any of the elements of what we know constitutes the
mechanism of cellular replication could just reproduce itself. A
prion doesn't even has as much as a virus particle which itself needs to
confiscate the mechanism of a normal cell to complete
its reproduction process.
Aside from the biological
absurdity of this, whats remarkable again is how
readily leaders that have
been elected to power and took an oath of office to their Country and the
citizens of that Country capitulate to the self-interests of the
economically powerful over the interests of citizens
and their own Country; and
will take it upon themselves to determine that any number of their citizens
can be made unwitting and unwilling
participants in these, what
amount to, mass experiments to ultimately
protect the vested interests
of a few.
We can ill afford to lose
clear thinking and knowledgeable individuals, such
as Mark...if Democracy is to
continue to flourish. - Maj Pete Klopfenstein USAF(Ret)'
Somerset Organic Group
'All the members of the
West Somerset Organic Group were greatly saddened to hear that
Mark had lost his last battle.
He addressed the group on
several occasions and we were always inspired by him - he was
a compelling speaker and a kindred spirit. Let us
hope there is someone out there who will continue where he
It was a moving experience
to hear those closest and dearest to him express their love
for him at Nettlecombe last week - our warmest thoughts go to
all his family and friends. - Dick
|From: Jerry Brunetti'
'To everyone who is moved and shaken by the tragic passing of Mark Purdey, there comes to mind some precious and poignant thoughts about this marvelous man. I first met Mark back in 2001 when he spoke at Acres. and I met him again in Vermont when I also met Larry and Linda Fallace (authors of their latest blockbuster,
Sheep') who discussed their indescribable experiences at the hands bureaucrats.
Mark expounded on the never-ending dots that were being connected about the real cause of BSE and the underpinnings of why we have pandemic levels of CJD, Alzheimer’s, ALS, MS, Parkinson’s, all beyond comprehension in a country that espouses a clean air and clean water policy.
Gandhi said, “Almost anything you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it”. For those of you who agree, and who know that Mark Purdy was a true gift to us all, whether or not you laughed in his presence, let’s keep his company amongst us by creating a living memorial to him. His work, and his legacy to change this place.
Maybe what I’m beginning to learn is that “the work” lives on, regardless of when and how we leave it in the hands of those we can trust to carry on. We are, after all, mortals; the work is our gift to immortality.
Godspeed Mark. Thank you so much; guide us all along the way.
Blessings - Jerry Brunetti'
Sean & Margaret Gilsenan
a short note to say how sorry we are to hear about Mark’s
We know Nigel well and are aware how missed Mark
condolences. - John,
Sean & Margaret Gilsenan'
|From: James Showers
never met Mark. But ever since I first heard his name in the
early 80's I had a subtle feeling that the angels were with us -
that there were lion-hearted individuals fighting their corner
of life against overwhelming odds - and winning.
His life was a blow for
freedom. He is one of those people who made it through the
wires of the bat-catching culture, and he continues to inspire
and encourage me in my life.
I am so sorry he has died.
I feel for his family.And
I'm very grateful to him for his life, and to you'all for your
support of his work. You must miss him.
love to you all - James
still remember visiting you in your caravans in
and in Elworthy, before you had a house, and the fact that you
were always welcoming. I know we haven’t been in touch for
ages; some how you always think that people will be there for
ever; yet we should seize the moment and not drift away.
was so dedicated, knowledgeable and likeable, that I always
wondered why the establishment wouldn’t sit up and listen!
Listening to his discourse on organophosphates, before anyone
else seemed to care about them, was educational and
inspirational. It is a tribute to him and his dedication that he
became as well known as he did. However, my memories will be of
picking swedes in the cold and rain, mending a roof and helping
with the cows in the
wishes to all of you
|From: Roland Vernon, Pitcombe,
This is a great loss to the people
of Britain, for whom Mark was a kind of local hero. And it is a
loss and to all who believe in questioning the tyranny of
establishment ethics and corporate protectionism.
Mark upheld the great
moral issues of his day and did so with humour, affection and
The likes of Mark Purdey
should replace the priests of yesteryears. Out with
superstition; in with practical philanthropy.
Would that I could have an
ounce of his energy and dedication - I would be twice the man I
am - Roland'
|From London: Ben Parish
'I would like to express my
condolences to Mark's family and to express my
profound respect for his contribution to science and the bravery he showed
in the face of indifference
My father who passed away in
2001 spent many years trying to get the
government to investigate the
BSE toxic connection. He built upon Mark's theory and made a connection
with the meat rendering process:
Mark's experience has so many
parallels with my father's. Both had no
scientific training yet
produced compelling evidence and insights on the causes of BSE yet met with
complete indifference from the government and scientific community. The
truth behind the scandal of the BSE crisis was simply to damaging to be
acknowledged. BSE has been now been brushed under the carpet and the supposed
epidemic that justified the mass slaughter never materialised.
Mark, one day you will get
the acknowledgement and respect you deserved from
the scientific community when
this cover up has been exposed. I am just sorry that you and my father
will not see that day. You were a special individual who is an
inspiration to us all to continue the fight for the
Rest in Peace - Ben'
|From: Colin Thomas
I worked, with producer David
Parker, as the director of a television programme on Mark
Purdey and was as impressed by his determination as by
his scientific insights.
Despite the fact that he
was fighting complacent conformist thinking, he did
so with gentleness, patience and good humour.
I'd like to think that our
programme's title - "The Farmer Who Wouldn't Let
Go" - summed up one aspect of a many
He will be much missed
- Colin Thomas'
|From: Reaveley Books - Jane
'Although I only met Mark
once, we corresponded occasionally and, like many others whose
families' lives have been affected by pesticide poisoning, I
greatly appreciated the inspirational and brave stand he took in
exposing the results of the indiscriminate use of
Dotun Adebayo, who hosts the
"Up All Night" show on Radio 5 has agreed to include
mention of Mark in his "Brief Lives" programme, which
is a feature of the show. It will be broadcast early on
Sunday morning (26th November) on Radio 5 and is usually
repeated during the weekend. It will also be found on the
audio archive of the FiveLive website during the week following
the broadcast on http://www.bbc.co.uk/fivelive/listen/audioarchive.shtml'
|From: Warwickshire - J E S
'The world needs courageous,
questioning people like Mark Purdey, and as one of the many who
admired and respected him without ever having the pleasure of
knowing him I am desperately sorry to read of his untimely
He made an inestimable
contribution to the debate about the origins and causes of BSE
and associated conditions at a time when an entirely discredited
state machine faced no real challenge, and we should all be
conscious both of the quality of his argument and the personal
effort he put behind it.
What a fine, admirable man -
and what a terrible loss to his family and friends, to whom I
offer my deep sympathy and condolence. - J.E.S.Bradshaw'
|Nettlecombe - The Funeral
- A poem by James
Wet the hills, wet the
Wet the beech, wet the mist
Rolling in off the moor,
Swollen streams bursting at
Orange red the leaves,
Tree trunks grey and green
Like elephant legs,
Thorn bowed down by a
century of wind,
The gathering at the church,
A coffin of willow, dressed
in autumn colours
Had drawn us there, infectious enthusiasm
That had somehow come to the
end of its mechanism
His unruly spring unwound,
while the real clock
At the back of the church
Could be heard ticking away
The heady mixture
Of anecdote and sadness
Like a tree felled
Cut down in his prime
Ideas forever branching out
From the barn, theories
Gaining energy and pace.
Till they can fly
The whole of life’s
Hypothesis to be tested
To the limit, and beyond
No doubt he’s at it now
Playing sax to Holy Cows.'
am so saddened to hear of the death of Mark. My
condolences to his family. I met Mark when he came to
speak at the Green Forum at Glastonbury and at the Big Green
knowledge and the informative way he gave his talks was
inspirational and I know many, many people were moved to help
campaign following Mark’s presence at the festivals.
will miss him.- Penny
|From: Jo Wooding and Simon
'I am so very sorry to hear
about Mark. What a sad, early loss to all of us, but especially
With sympathy and love - Jo
From Wales: Pauline Roberts
'Although we never met we
did correspond and in my personal pursuit of
knowledge and enlightenment I found his wisdom and
erudition to be like the early morning sun that lifts the
mist and lights the distant hill. - Pauline.'
: School friend - Nick Hardy.
went to school at Haileybury with Mark and I don’t remember a
whole lot about it but I do remember Mark as being a wonderful
person to be around. We had many a laugh in the woods and
country side in and around the school and I seem to remember him
living nearby and having a welcome break there from school. Mark
use to have a “dirty old man’s” rain coat and loved
playing the sax, from what I can recall, standing in a stream
with his 'John Lennon' specs. We lost touch with each other and
I moved to the States but I was always interested and supportive
of his move into organic farming and the stands he took.
would like to pass on my deepest condolences to his family and I
am glad his work might carry on under Nigel’s stewardship.
regards, Nick Hardy.(Allenby
House, in a time before girls!)'
From Edinburgh, Scotland: Ann
'The Government didn't
appreciate you, Mark - but your fellow citizens did. We honour
you for the brave and selfless work you've done for mankind.
Devon: Diane & John Irwin
were extremely saddened, to have learned of the parting
from this World of Mark Purdy, and send our heartfelt
condolences to Mark's family and friends.
was exceptionally lucky to have met, and also to have been
greatly inspired, by such a very special person as Mark
Purdy at his Kingsbridge lecture.
told me this year after his operation, that I must continue with
my ongoing fight, and so I will never give up, feeling as
strongly as I do that other Communities must also be
(Teignbridge) in South Devon was and is still subjected
to the ongoing, severe pollution hazards coming
from the decomposition of the mass burials of thousands of
tonnes of carcases, into the household waste, at the severely
problematic 7acre Viridor landfill/landrise site’s burial
chamber etc, (not forgetting it’s leachate lagoons) and
left uncapped until 2003, and all of this due to 2001’s
Foot-and-Mouth. Since then Kingsteignton have been under
attack from horrendous pollution caused at that time, first
causing sterility, then abortions, central nervous system
damage, sudden deaths, deformities, now the community
has high asthma, (TB) cancers, Alzimers, birth defects and
(800) Parkinson figures and these are the highest for the
have campaigned incessantly, always remembering Mark’s
words; ‘I must never give up because I am correct,’ my
efforts have lead me to work alongside a panel of experts
who also agree with Mark, that the fore mentioned problems
occurred because of manganese, OP’s, formaldehyde,
pesticides and funeral pyre ash etc, and this has only
occurred since 2001’s FMD Virus outbreak, and those
problems, are now well known to be associated with that
pollution. This now is proving to be the causal link in
several different areas of the country; Kingsteignton,
Highhampton, Oakhampton & now Chudleigh, Highweek,
Kidderminster & Worcester...........................
Mark will always be remembered: Diane & John Irwin'
|From Bristol The
Soil Association: Patrick Holden, CBE, Director
'I was so shocked to hear of
Mark's illness, news of which only came to my notice last week.
When I asked a friend if I could go and see him I found it
was too late. I first met Mark when he was still farming
in Wales in the 1970's. His characteristics then, the
warmth, the gentleness, yet at the same time his extraordinary
fiery determination to take on a cause and struggle against the
odds for what he believed in, remained with him all his life.
Our paths drifted apart despite our common interests in dairy
farming and the organic movement, but my feeling of warmth and
connection with him remained, as a kindred spirit and fellow
I shall miss him and I know this feeling will be echoed by many
others connected with the Soil Association who have been touched
by his work.
From: Deidre West
sorry to hear of Mark's death. He
seemed a good and interesting man.
My brother died in 1999 of
Sporadic CJD and I had a very informative and sympathetic
telephone conversation with Mark following this, helping me to
make some sense of CJD and BSE. Thanks.
Condolences to all his
|From Somerset, UK: School
friend - James
'Very sad indeed to hear
about Mark's death. we went through Haileybury at exactly the
same time together and were in the same chemistry class for many
years. Mark was delightfully eccentric and scruffy
even in those days... great fun sitting next to him or playing
around with chemicals. Always testing authority to the limit...
I do remember him getting
His lectures on BSE were
always fascinating and led on to long discussions about warble
fly, OP's prions, manganese lock up etc etc.
A keen, roving
intelligence. Sadly missed. Lets hope his work will be
completed... and fully recognised.
the best - James
Francesca Garman, Mangar
like Mark who are braver then most of us, and who are ready to
fight the status quo to unearth important truths are rare and
special and usually have a very hard time of it. Mark certainly
had endless battles at great personal expense, both his own and
that of Margaret and the children….But his was an
exceptionally worthwhile life
there are those who will carry on with his work, how ever
inconvenient that might be to his opponents.
was a privilege to meet him and we send our love and
encouragement to his family.
- Francesca Garman'
|From Somerset: Richard
'He gave freely of his
precious time and advice. He saved my life, although I did not
know him. What more is there to say?
I shall be forever grateful.- Richard
- CJD International Support Alliance (Information Resource
'I remain extremely
saddened at the tragic news about Mark Purdey.'
I had known about Mark for a
number of years but never got round to making contact with him
until around August last year. After an opening email exchange
we then spoke. The conversation must have lasted for aroud two
hours and this was really interesting on a number of levels.
The emails continued and I
spoke with him twice over that period.Then the silence.
I knew something was wrong.
He eventually wrote to advise about his tumor before and after
his surgery. He last emailed me January to confirm that he
was feeling well again. I spoke with his wife about 3 months ago
but Mark was too mentally exhausted to speak with me. I did
manage to get some important supportive words across to him.
That was the final contact we had.
He will be very sadly
missed. I will make further contact with his brother Nigel next
year. - Graham Steel'
10Radio - Eddie Gaines
was clearly a much respected man, very brave, honest and
compassionate in -
effectively mounting a lone challenge to “ the
established view on the safety in the use of pesticides”
for the benefit of current and future generations.
of 10radio can I pass our condolences to his wife Maggie and all
his family.' - Eddie
From Devon: Jon Stanley (Dairy
'I am greatly saddened to
hear the news about Mark after reading the Times and this
website. While I did not know Mark for long or very
well, I learnt a great deal from him and I very much
enjoyed our chats on my visits over the years. I enjoyed
hearing about his travels around the World and his work. A
great loss. Deepest sympathy to his family. - Jon
Somerset: Terry Roth
the years in and around Stogumber,
, Mark has been one of the most intellectually stimulating and
engaging people I have met.
and collecting children at the school gates, a few years ago,
other parents would be considering packed lunches, while Mark
would be considering the same- plus several issues of global
importance simultaneously. His verve for life, his penetrating
questions, his desire to debate sometimes came as quite a wakeup
call first thing in the morning, but he was perhaps someone
ahead of his time: every day, and in many ways.
systemic, intelligent, anti reductionist world view will, I
hope, be the way of the future. It certainly needs to be.
love to Margaret and everyone. Melissa, Lauren, Jess and John
send their love.
- Yours, Terry Roth'
Mary Critchley (Warmwell)
A personal message
feel the death of Mark Purdey has extinguished a beacon for
all of us. I liked his irrepressible humour, his
absolute determination to find the truth out for himself and
the extraordinary courage in the face of everything that life -
and the UK scientific and political establishment - threw at
him. But what will remain with me most I think is
what he wrote about the time of his surgery at the end of
He wrote that he'd remembered
a mantra learned at a sort of crash course in TM when he
was only 19 and travelling in Ireland. Repeating it gave
him the feeling that, whatever the outcome of the disease, he
could feel " instantly energised and levitated
beyond any world of doubt, fear or negativity over what
was happening." And what he added about the
gratitude he felt towards his close-knit family were also the
words only a happy man could have written. He will be very
sorely missed. - Mary'
From: Chris Walkland -
'You don't know me, and I
didn't really know Mark. I spoke to him a few times
on the phone that is all.
But I was aware of what he
did, and the battle he fought against
doesn't necessarily matter if I believed his theory or not
(I am not suitably
scientifically qualified to know or not), but that
doesn't matter. He had a
point, he told his story well, people listened and
he made his mark in life, in
a field he believed in. He had the courage to
persue it when many people
(most) would have given in.
I was truly sorry to hear he
All the best to the family at
this difficult time - Chris
'Our thoughts are with
Margaret, Petra, Holly, Aster, Gabriel, Tansy and Fraser, you
know where we are...Ian, Kim, Capella and Oliver.'
From Canada: Bonita Poulin
'My deepest condolences
for your loss. Mark was a great man and a brilliant ecological
He will be missed! -
|From: Diana Buckland.
'I was very sad indeed to
hear of the passing of this most remarkable man, Mark Purdey.
Please accept our greatest respects and condolences from all
From: H.D.Coryn MRCVS
'I was never fortunate
enough to meet Mark Purdey but have admired from afar
his battle with Maff/Defra
Establishment over BSE and Ops, time will surely
show that his efforts have
not been in vain.
I do not know who will
the Torch but the search
for truth must go on and governments learn to
listen to such individuals.
Thank you Mark - H.D.Coryn MRCVS'
From Cumbria, England: Prof.
'I was so very saddened to
hear of Mark's untimely death when I got home today. He was a
lovely man and pursued science with a rigour and integrity
that was uplifting.
I last heard from him at
the end of March this year when he was full of enthusiasm
about a collaborative research project on tuberculosis. Almost
as an afterthought he told me that he had had surgery just
before Christmas to debulk a rather aggressive brain tumour,
but was now almost back to normal and feeling fine.
At a time when the origins of
BSE in cattle remain hypothetical and sheep with scrapie
become less likely potential culprits by the day, a detailed
and totally honest reappraisal of the origins of BSE would be
a fitting memorial to a very special man.
'My deepest sympathy to
Mark's family -
|From Swindon, Wiltshire,
England: John Tuck
'The world is a better place
because Mark Purdey has passed through it.
It is better
for his example of courage, persistence and dignity in the face
opinion, and one day it will be better because of his
You will not be forgotten
Mark. - John Tuck'
From Shropshire, England:
many of us have cause to be grateful to Mark for all that he
did for his fellow creatures and the environment, and we
grieve for his family's loss.
May they find comfort and
strength, Light on the path, and a blessing to every need. -
|From Fort Collins, Colerado,
USA: Kay Sinclair
I had the unique opportunity
of working with Mark here in Colorado on the possibility of
heavy metals affecting BSE and CWD.
He stayed with me while he
was here. We became friends and had many wonderful
conversations about England and Colorado.
Mark was truly a unique soul
and I know God received him with opened arms when Mark left us.
I will miss his humor and warm friendship.' - Kay
From England: George and
'We bought a load of hay
from Mark and thus were privildged to have met him. All that
he has shown will be proved one day, even to the
Many people will miss him but
also so will the truth. - George and Suzanne' Faulkner
|From Cumbria, UK: H. Wilson
'I am deeply saddened
to hear of Mark Purdey's untimely death.
He will always stand out to me
as an absolute hero in his determination to search for the truth
and make his findings known, what ever the cost to himself.
- H. Wilson.'
'My sincere sympathies to
Mark's family, I also include his extended family, all of
us, who depended so much on his wisdom, strong determination
to seek the truth and relentless fight against the half truths
we are being fed on so many matters that are destroying our
way of life and that of our farms and animals.
We will all miss him, Nigel.
I am sure he is not far and you will feel his presence in the
wind - Isabella'
|From The Isle of Wight, UK:
Richard and Shirley Bruce
was saddened to hear via contacts in Australia of Mark's passing.
Sadly his daughter Aster
confirmed the sad news on the phone this afternoon.
Although I was never fortunate to
have met Mark we spoke often in the early
days of my illness and we raised funds to do a survey here on
the Isle of Wight in efforts to
obtain evidence for his OP/BSE theory.
I see that the Obituary in the
was used to attack his theory
but in 1996 a government official admitted to me in person that
they believed that OPs were
linked to the problem.
Whatever else Mark knew about
the dangers of OPs and he was able to help me to deal with the
crooked doctors and officials who are hiding
the truth. I do hope that the family can be happy soon in the
knowledge that Mark was a very
special person and that the world will feel his loss.
May Nigel be given the
strength to carry on the good work so that all Mark's
efforts and his collection of research papers will expose the
terrible truth in the end.
Our thoughts are with all the
family at this sad time and I apologise for intruding in their
grief this afternoon.
All the best - Richard and
|From France: Mary Critchley
'Mark Purdey's dogged and
self-financed battle in trying to tell a deaf Establishment that
it is manganese that can cause the prion protein to transform
into its BSE causing form won him the affectionate respect of
many. He pointed out that the sole piece of evidence for the 'hyperinfectious'
theory of BSE is that TSEs (along with various other diseases,
such as Alzheimer's disease, thyroiditis, some cancers and toxic
metal encephalopathies which are not labelled 'hyperinfectious')
can be transmitted via injections of TSE diseased brain tissues
into unfortunate laboratory animals. (See warmwell
Michael Meacher and former
chairman of the House of Commons Agriculture Select Committee,
Sir Richard Body, were among those who wanted Mark's work to be
taken seriously. Sir Richard once said, "The Ministry of
Agriculture has behaved disgracefully because he challenged
their authority. ... A lesser man than he would have given up
years ago. "
In 2000, the Times
called him a person " of extremes: impassioned,
intelligent, dogged, charming and obsessive" In 1996,
Andrew Marr wrote in the Independent:
that Purdey was " ...harassed by the
"official" scientists who were committed to the
pesticides he was questioning. After all, Maff had licensed OPs
to be used in quantities far higher than in other countries; if
there was a link with BSE, the department itself would be
responsible for it, and who knows what else?"
He will be deeply missed by
those lucky enough to have been in contact with him and to have
been aware of his quite extraordinary, selfless thirst for
|From Lancashire: Tom Rigby
'Mark will be sadly missed. Long
may his life's work of 'seeking the truth through science'
continue.- Tom Rigby'
Johnsons Farm, Lowton,
England: Linda Melvern
am shocked and saddened at this news. Mark fought for truth and
justice. It was a hard struggle and his bravery is an example to
us all. I admired him immensely.
|From Somerset, England:
Talk about inspirational.
Selfless too - although his family may at times have suffered a
little as Mark pursued his targets with stealth.
Sadly I did not
know he was ill, although maybe that's why I quite often would
think of him.
I so hope all his efforts
will in some way be preserved and even enhanced by the next
generation of true scientists, enquiring of what is supposedly
fact, challenging convention etc.
I hope to be at Nettlecombe
Best wishes - Oliver Dowding,
Shepton Farms Ltd'
From England: William M.
'Please convey my deepest
condolences to Mark's family.
Mark was one of a very few
prepared to take-on the scientific establishment and their
profit motivated scare-stories of doom. He will be sadly
With very best wishes - Bill.'
Goats UK: Christine Ball
research was held in great esteem by members around the world of
the GoatsUK online group. Our condolences to his family on their
Ball - Group Manager.'
|From: David Paul Eamonn Pace,
M.D., Ph.D., D.Sc.
'This is to express my
condolences at the passing of a courageous, brilliant
researcher, whose intrepid efforts set the bar for those of who
David Paul Eamonn Pace, M.D.,
|From The Hebrides, Scotland:
'I feel so privileged to
have had the chance of talking to such
a great scientist in the true meaning of the word.
The phrase that won't leave my
mind since hearing the news is:
"A prophet hath no
honour in his own country"
I truly believe that Mark's
work will one day be vindicated.
Sincere and heartfelt
sympathy to those he leaves behind - Joyce'
England: Pat Gardiner
something about someone who has died is difficult beyond belief.
I never met Mark, but had
read most of his writings and we did correspond.
Comment on his science from me would be meaningless. What value
praise on his research from a scientific illiterate?
He stood like a beacon, needing no praise for his energy and
spirit of enquiry. That was obvious to all.
But despite all this, my contribution to his memory can be quite
Mark made some seemingly outrageous claims about harassment. At
least, that was what most of us thought, even if unspoken. His
last illness may quite reasonably have contributed to the
But that would be wrong and the record needs correction.
On at least one occasion, Mark was right.
He was being harassed and followed. He was not only telling the
truth, but even knew who was responsible.
We compared notes. They tallied. He was right. I felt cold when
reading his comments.
being tailed and harassed during the late 90s. No question and
no doubts in my mind.
Mark not only
worked hard, but he had immense physical and moral courage when
facing abuse and dark dirty deeds.
has lost somebody very special. You don’t get too many like
We should all
feel poorer and lonelier tonight.
- Pat Gardiner'
Wooding and Simon Pinder
'We are so
very sorry to hear about Mark. What a sad, early loss to
all of us, but especially his family.
sympathy and love,
- Jo Wooding and Simon Pinder.'
|From: Mark Evans
'When I first heard of Marks
illness I immediately thought, oh well, Mark will be able to
cope with this one, this isn't going to finish him off! I was so
sure of his ability to survive that I remained in my own selfish
environment, with my own self indulgent problems!
I have known Mark for 27
years and he was a great inspiration for me with my own journey
into Organic farming and as a good friend. I remember very
vividly his intelligence, humour and drama that went with his
unique life style and way of thinking. I will always remember
the times I spent with him in the early days of his farming in
This poem by Margaret Torrie
springs to mind.
Healing is both an exercise and an understanding, yet not of the will nor of the intention
It is a wisdom and a deeper knowledge of the daily swing of life and death in all creation
There is defeat to overcome and acceptance of living to be established and always there must be hope
Not hope of healing but the hope which informs the coming moment and gives it reason
The hope which is each mans breath, the certainty of love and of loving
Death may live in the living and healing rise in the dying
For whom the natural end is part of the gathering and of the harvest to be expected
To know healing is to know that all life is one and there is no beginning and no end.
And the intention is loving
|From Cumbria: Suzanne & Peter
Prof. Derek Ellwood and many others
'You will be missed by all of
your contacts and friends in Cumbria.
You gave generously of
your time and knowledge and gave added hope to farmers and
others who had been so badly damaged during the Foot &
Mouth disaster 2001.
Sleep well dear friend.'
'Although we never met, I am
so proud to have been able to know Mark Purdey as one of my best
friends. Always a 'gentle man', brave and fearless, devoted to
his family, the animals and perhaps above all, devoted to his
May he rest in peace and may
we all have the courage to follow in his footsteps to seek and find
the truth - Jane Barribal'
|From Abilene, Kansas. USA: Gary and Lina Burkholder
and I wish you would pass our condolences on to Mark's family
from the Burkholder Tribe at Abilene, Kansas. - Gary and Lina Burkholder'
|From : Capt Bryn Wayt -
'I can only offer my sincere
condolences to Mark's family. Rest In Peace Mark - Bryn'
From Regina, Saskatchewan,
Canada: Marion McBride
'Our deepest sympathies are
extended to the family.
We met Mark a couple of
year's ago in Saskatchewan after having read through a volume of
his work. We are so sorry to hear of his passing as we
have lost a man with immense passion for the earth and its
peoples. - M.