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Farewell Sam Kelly

Posted by Clive Bull on June 16, 2014 at 16:29PM

Comedy actor and radio enthusiast

Sam KellyI was very sad to hear of the death of Sam Kelly at the age of 70 at the weekend.

The numerous tributes in the papers and elsewhere naturally dwelt on his TV roles in shows like Allo Allo, and Porridge - one of the greatest British sitcoms of all time in my opinion. Without being aware of his other persona, I came across Sam as "Sam in Twickenham" - his on air name when he made one of several calls to me on LBC.

As you could tell from the tweets, he was a big radio fan, often commenting on shows and people he liked, and answering questions.

He kept up with technology, while treasuring tradition as well. He tweeted a few weeks ago praising the knowledge and clear explanantions of Fevzi Turkalp who joined us to talk about password security nightmares.

Before the age of twitter he was texting, possibly even sending in postcards. I've been reading through his twitter time line (@samkelly51) and you get the impression that he fought bravely against his long illness with a very positive outlook to life.

He was on stage as recently as January in Wicked, and I saw him in fine form in When We Are Married at the Garrick Theatre just across the way from LBC.

I'd been meaning to drop him a note, but regrettably never got round to it. So I thought I'd say farewell to Sam from Twickenham in a blog. I think he would have liked that.