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R-Comp Dad suffers 'major' heart attack

Published: 11th Oct 2006, 21:30:10 | Permalink | Printable

[Updated] R-Comp product updates held back

Allan RawnsleyR-Comp's Allan Rawnsley is tonight recovering in hospital after suffering a heart attack at his home in Knutsford, Cheshire. Allan, right, who is regularly seen at RISC OS shows with his wife Diane and son Andrew, was rushed into hospital shortly before 5.50pm on Tuesday. He is now said to be recuperating in a stable and safe condition.

Minutes before the attack, Andrew was chatting to Qercus editor John Cartmell on the telephone when he dropped the handset as his father suddenly fell ill, it is understood. An ambulance reportedly arrived within minutes.

While R-Comp had no plans to appear at this month's northern road show, they were due to appear at the South East show in Guildford at the end of the October. R-Comp product support will be understandably disrupted in the coming weeks.

R-Comp's Andrew Rawnsley said this evening that some imminent product releases will be pushed back to a later show.

He said: "Allan's heart attack was described by the doctors as fairly major, but he is currently 'stable' or 'comfortable' depending on who you ask. He's awake, and seems fairly content, so that's a good sign, I hope. The main risk is the chance of a secondary attack, but all things being well, he'll be up and around in a couple of weeks.

"Regarding the show, right now its up in the air. We have a hotel booked and stand paid up, but Allan and Di won't be able to attend. Allan does the physical stuff and driving usually - neither Di or I are really 'healthy' people at the best of times. I am hoping I may be able to rope in some help, but we'll see."

Last night well wishers sent messages of support to R-Comp.

MessengerPro user Doug Webb said: "I'm sure that there will be others like myself who look forward to seeing the R-Comp family at the shows. I wish Alan a speedy recovery and thoughts to his family."

Another added: "Having been through the same mill, I can empathise with Allan. I offer him and his family all my best wishes and hopes for a speedy and well-managed recovery."

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All the best to Alan, and hope for a speedy recovery.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 11/10/06 9:57AM
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I would also like to offer my best wishes to Alan, Diane and Andrew and hope for Alan’s full and speedy recovery.

Over the years I have been to many shows where he has manned the R-Comp stand and Alan has always been a friendly welcoming presence.

 is a RISC OS Uservshears on 11/10/06 11:05AM
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And the same goes from me.

I hope Allan is back to full fitness in no time.

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 11/10/06 12:57PM
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I wish Allan a speedy and full recovery.

 is a RISC OS UserRevin Kevin on 11/10/06 2:22PM
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I'd like to thank everyone for their kind words. I know some people feel a bit shy of saying "me too" but it is appreciated, and I have printed out the thread so far to take to the hospital in 30 mins time. I am sure Allan will appreciate the good wishes, and will have a laugh that "so that's what it takes to get on Drobe"!

His heart attack was described by the doctors as fairly major, but he is currently "stable" or "comfortable" depending on who you ask. He's awake, and seems fairly content, so that's a good sign, I hope. The main risk is the chance of a secondary attack, but all things being well, he'll be up and around in a couple of weeks.

Regarding the show, right now its up in the air. We have a hotel booked and stand paid up, but Allan and Di won't be able to attend. Allan does the physical stuff and driving usually (neither Di or I are really "healthy" people at the best of times!). I am hoping I may be able to rope in some help, but we'll see.

Release-wise, we had planned to have a fair bit of new stuff at the show (new Dialup/NetFetch, UniScan and other UniPrint related developments, RISCube MINI and a new RISCube nearly twice as fast as anything previous). If I do make it to the show (emphasis on *if*!) this will be scaled back to perhaps UniScan and a machine or two, with the other stuff trickling out over then next few weeks/months, perhaps aiming for Birmingham

Anyway, once again, thkyou for your well-wishes - I am sure it will bring a smile to Allan's face.

 is a RISC OS Userarawnsley on 11/10/06 5:34PM
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All the best to allan

 is a RISC OS Userhighlandcattle on 11/10/06 5:47PM
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Sorry to hear about this Andrew, I hope your dad makes a quick and complete recovery.

 is a RISC OS UserAMS on 11/10/06 7:04PM
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I wish Allan recovers soon.

 is a RISC OS UserCheatWarrior on 11/10/06 7:08PM
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I hope Allan recoveres soon.

 is a RISC OS UserCheatWarrior on 11/10/06 7:10PM
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me too

 is a RISC OS UserJGZimmerle on 11/10/06 9:40PM
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A 'me too' and hope recovery is going well.

 is a RISC OS Usernico on 11/10/06 9:58PM
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Best wishes for a speedy recovery from all of us at RISC OS Open.

 is a RISC OS Userriscosopen on 11/10/06 10:20PM
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The best of luck for a full and fast recovery.

 is a RISC OS Usertimephoenix on 11/10/06 10:27PM
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I'm sending all the best wishes I can for a speedy recovery. I am sure we are all looking forward to seeing you back at 100%.

 is a RISC OS Userksattic on 12/10/06 12:35AM
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As with everyone else in here. I wish Allan a speedy recovery to good health.

 is a RISC OS Usersa110 on 12/10/06 8:45AM
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I'd like to add my best wishes too!

 is a RISC OS Usermrtd on 12/10/06 9:02AM
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Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

 is a RISC OS Usersascott on 12/10/06 10:01AM
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I've had a lot of very positive dealings with all of the Rawnsleys over the last decade, so I'm particularly sorry to hear about this, and offer Allan (and the whole family) my very best wishes. I hope that his recovery is swift and complete.

 is a RISC OS UserRichardHallas on 12/10/06 11:25AM
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I've always been impressed with the courtesy with which they answer the phone or speak to people at Shows.

 is a RISC OS Usermarkee174 on 12/10/06 11:40AM
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My best wishes to Allan too. I was always pleasantly surprised that Allan would remember my name when I wandered up to the Rcomp stand - a nice friendly touch that reminds me why it's good being in the RISC OS market.

I look forward to seeing Allan and the rest of Rcomp back at the next show.

 is a RISC OS Userhelpful on 12/10/06 1:10PM
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Poor man.

I wish him a great recovery.

 is a RISC OS UserMikeCarter on 12/10/06 1:30PM
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Reiterating much of what has already been said: speaking with Allan and R-Comp at shows has always been a reminder of their commitment to good customer service. Always helpful and friendly.

All the best and a speedy recovery.

 is a RISC OS Userflypig on 12/10/06 2:26PM
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A bit late perhaps... but I wish Allan all the best too. In the past years I also noticed the kindness of the Rawnsley's. I was always greeted friendly (and by name!) at their stand in the Nieuwegein Shows. I hope his physical rehabilitation will be completed ASAP

 is a RISC OS Usernervus on 12/10/06 7:06PM
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I am sorry to here of Allans misfortune and hope he recovers soon

 is a RISC OS Userjlavallin on 12/10/06 9:36PM
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To all the Family Rawnsley,

I wish you strength and vitality in abundance.

kind regards

Peter

 is a RISC OS UserPJA on 13/10/06 9:58AM
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Same here.

 is a RISC OS Userfwibbler on 13/10/06 11:31AM
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Very sad news - I wish Allan all the best and a swift and full recovery.

 is a RISC OS UserJohnB on 13/10/06 6:19PM
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The R-Comp team are reliable regulars at the RO shows, always cheerful and friendly. I have often chatted with all of them so my very best wises to Allan for a quick recovery. Having sadly lost my own father last month I can empathise with both Andrew and Diane - it's a stressful time but I hope he's back on his feet soon.

 is a RISC OS UserTonyStill on 13/10/06 11:14PM
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I'd like to thank you all for your good wishes again, and give a little update. Allan has been *really* touched by your messages here - the kindness of the community has really been special for him. And of course, that makes Diana and myself doubly appreciative.

He's making good progress, and is able to sit in a chair next to his bed, and even make his way to the "little RISC-OS-Users room" with the watchful eye of the nurses. Talk about getting a great birthday present (it was my birthday yesterday) - being able to share it with him was extra special this year!

I thought it might also be nice to tell you all a little more about Allan and what he gets up to, since most of you will only know him from shows. He's my business partner in R-Comp Interactive, and he does all the admin, accounts, VAT/Tax returns and so on. He also likes to do the post run (although I'll be taking over THAT job from now on, given what he was doing when he had the attack!). Allan also loves constructing things (he grew up on meccano) and does all the "building" of every RISCube that we sell. I do the software side (installation, configuration, tweaking, testing etc) but he builds the components together and routes the cables, checks airflow and so on. And of course, he acts as a sounding board for all my hair-brained schemes!

Outside of work, he loves playing crown-green and indoor bowls, and is very interested in genealogy (forgive my spelling!), going well beyond the usual "family tree" level, exploring the lives and times of the various branches of ancestors he finds. This interest in history also extends to his interest in egyptology and simlar archaelogical studies. He was hoping (I believe) to go on an Egypt trip after Christmas, but I haven't heard much about it recently so it may have fallen through.

Anyway, I've written a mini-essay here, so I'll stop there. Once again, thankyou for all your comments. They have been printed out, and he has a pile of the various emails and forum postings.

If I make it to the show next weekend, I look forward to being able to thank people individually, although I'm afraid my name/face matching algorithms aren't up to Allan's standards!

 is a RISC OS Userarawnsley on 14/10/06 2:15PM
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I'd just like to join the crowds wishing Allan (and family) all the best for a quick and complete recovery. The RISC OS community needs all the people it can get, but those who show Allan's levels of kindness, helpfulness and attention to detail are especially valued; I don't think I've ever met anyone who had a single bad word to say about him.

 is a RISC OS Userchrisj on 14/10/06 3:42PM
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My Father and I send our best wishes to Allan. It was a pleasure doing business with him at Wakefield 2006 and we look forward to doing the same at Wakefield 2007.

 is a RISC OS UserJades on 18/10/06 10:31PM
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