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Old 20-10-2017, 09:00 AM
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A Tribute to Jo aka (Wetsuit), please feel free to add to the Tribute to Jo here, and any photos or links, or anything you new about our dear friend.

Well as most here know Jo lost his fight to cancer, anyway Jo's Funeral was back in 2010 and took place at 1pm, I want you all to know we at the forums, that is here at the Sixties Garage and Bobs Love Doll Forum and The Doll Forum have sent flowers and a card the card reads in Loving Memory of Jo from Bob and Liz and all Members the sites he loved.

Here is a little of what Bob and Timbo knew about Jo, first he was a dear friend, and was to us all here at the Sixties Garage and other sites where he was also very active.

He would came and go between the two of Bobs forums and also to The Teddy Babe Forum making posts and threads and helping anyone in trouble and to answer any questions any had about dolls.

Even staying up late at night posting and checking the forums, one night Bob came on to the forum at 4am and found Jo still logged in, he told me he could not sleep so comes on the the forums and one could find him there at any time day or night.


Bob first got to know Jo on The Doll Forum, and of him posting on a thread when he was was so ill, wishing him well and keeping him going throw a very bad time in his life.

Bob said then that if I got threw his illness he would start a forum within the UK for Members of the UK and there dolls and cars, it is what we know know as the Sixties Garage and UK Lovedoll forum.

When it did get started one of the first members there was Jo (aka Wetsuit), he spent much time here making posts and threads, even before the forum got going and started to go interactive, he was one of the forums Founder Members and we have much to thank him for and helped to make it what it is today.


I think one of the jobs Jo had before he could not work due to a very bad motorbike accident that was not Jo's fault and left Jo fighting for his life at less than 40 and come close to losing his one leg was rewinding motors, Jo was a clever Guy and there was not much he could not put his hands to, I was told he wound the motors for the now London eye.

When Bob came on the forums his name would always be there, I miss seeing the name Wetsuit Bob said, as we are sure you all do too.

After a time Bob felt he new Jo, even never meeting him at that time and started to think he would make a good Moderator on the forums, one day he asked Jo if he would like to take up the job and he said he would like to have a go.

He started as a Moderator and was soon Super Moderator, he posted here as Mr Ripply and his love of old motorbikes there too.




He would take many photos of his dolls with his old bikes, and Bob remembers the photo of Jo's doll riding one of Jo's old motorbikes around the world for the add for the 2010 doll meet that also got printed on the t-shirts that are still around.



He was even made Administrator of the of Bobs sites and having full control of the forums, just before falling so ill.

With all of the work that Jo did and being a friend to all he also became an Ambassador at The Doll Forum and a much loved Member at the Teddy Babe forum, the Dolls he loved, ending up with a number of dolls himself.



Dolls are from left Mai li, Antanasia and Cordie.

Bob first got to meet Jo when going there to buy his doll Justine for a friend Timbo.



At that time Jo was finding it hard to move her around due the the trouble he had with the bad hip from the bike accident that had left Jo with many pins and joints scars that he was sensitive about, however his Brother told Bob that when on a beach a boy said to Jo how did he get all his scars, Jo said laughing that he got bitten by a big white shark!!

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Old 20-10-2017, 10:39 AM
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Jo lived in Birmingham in a big block of flats, however he only had a small flat and out side a small Garage that he had full of old motorbikes and one could not move in there to work on them, so he rebuild them in the flat smuggling them in at night, banging and tapping in the day well the neighbours were at work and Jo was hard at it too, even making things for his dolls like the stands for them and suit of armor he made for his doll Antanasia, this armor is amazing work and he even made the boots and helmet for her.




Jo was big into guns and his Brother showed Bob an amazing gun one that Jo had made himself, he also had bows and arrows and was very good at Archery,



Here is Jo's doll Antanasia in a photo he took, he also had corssbows and was a first class marksman with them too.



His Brother told Bob that if you could beat him, Jo would not give up, going on into the night till he had got even with you.

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Old 20-10-2017, 12:34 PM
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Jo loved photography and on the walls were photos of his dolls, he I think wining the photo contests over at TDF three times, one with his Teddy Babe in a blue wetsuit, that was fitting to his forum user name.




He made a number of animated videos of his dolls playing musical instruments, and also of himself riding his old motorbikes around the roads and small lanes, even after the bike accident he still loved riding them.

He also had many musical instruments and he had them hanging on the walls within the flat.



Also he had a set of elec: drums with head phones so he did not get trouble with the neighbours.



As some of you know Jo named it the Wetsuit mansion, well he was right in one way, it sure was a mansion and he needed it as he did have 5 dolls and many old motorbikes, at the end he had five Teddy Babes, two of them Vampires, a subject that he also new a lot about.

He new a lot about the Teddy Babe dolls and could answer most anything about them as in fact he could about most dolls.

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Old 20-10-2017, 12:57 PM
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Anyway, I wanted Jo to be sure he wanted to let Justine his silicone doll go and he insured me he was happy that Justine would be going to a good home and a Guy that he new would Love and care for her, so I am sure that is what he would want for his Teddy Babe dolls too.

He said he would still see her on the forums and that would make him very happy knowing someone like Timbo would also have the joy of Justine as Jo did.

Many post were made with Justine by Timbo and Jo and Timbo became great friends, but never met, Timbo wanted Jo's doll to be in everything we did here at Gibbmodoll, and she was in many Mags: and in posts, threads and all over the internet and became a big Movie star here at the Sixties Garage.




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Old 20-10-2017, 01:09 PM
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Just before the first UK doll meet, he was very keen to want to be a part of it and meet all Members of the forums.

He spent much of his time posting and arranging the first UK doll meet, working Bob and The Doll Forum also, and wanting to come over to Bobs and help in getting it all up and running.

Bob new Jo by now and knew he found it hard to get about and with the bad hip we then new he had, we now know he was in great pain a lot of his time.

Anyway there was no way in the world this was going to stop him coming over to help, he wanted to come and camp out and Bob told Jo he would put him up or find a B&B, he was having none of that and told Bob he was bringing his tent camping kit sat nav: laptop fishing rod, guitar and Dolly.

And in fact he was not coming by car with all this, but coming on his old motorbike and happy to come miles and miles from Birmingham to Bobs to help with the UK doll meet for us all.

Bobs Wife was worrying about him coming all this way and who to expect, Bob and his wife kept a look out for him and right on time they could see a blue and gleaming chrome motorbike coming, loaded up to the hilt with what we could only say was the entire flat he lived in.



The bike Jo came on.

Jo was a big Guy much like Bob, he was loaded up with all his gear, he had the lot, saddle bags on the sides, a big shoulder bag on his back with dolly inside, guitar on his back also sticking up over his head, his fishing rod, sleeping bag and tent all strapped to the bike, even all his camping gear and laptop, food for the weekend, even after Bo told him not too, but that was Jo, he gave but expected little in return.

After getting Jo off the bike and most of the gear, not a easy job, he wanted to show us Dolly and get her out for air, dolly sat watching well Jo put up the tent on the lawn.





Jo's Teddy Babe Mai li.

You can tell that she had been camping with Jo before.





Wetsuits Doll, Cordie.

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Anyway after Wisey Bobs Wife had cooked Jo some food, and he had a good look round, and Dolly had met up with Justine again after a long time, we had some beers and a chat.

The next day was spent going to places to check them out for the doll meet, Jo was thinking about the working coal mine and he had told Bob that his family had been in coal mining at one time.

They set of in the 4x4 to the working mine with Jo's doll and Bobs doll Katie.




Bob could see that Jo was finding it hard to walk but he was determined to walk round the mine, and even go down the mine shaft and to walk through the dark tunnels of the mine.

He had a great time and I could see he was happy and this was on the list of places for the first UK doll meet in 2010, next we went round some local castles some being Goodrich, where Jo got the crossbow for his doll to go with her suit of armor.




Jo wanted to make this look like the real one, but past way before he could do it.

Next on to Longtown with Jo's doll in her suit of armor up in the Castle tower.




Bob took Jo up on top of the black Mountains he got out taking in the view and new what he was thinking, he did not have to say anything, Jo new that the world was a great place and every day was most precious to him.

Next day we checked out the venue for the meet and checked out the food and drink, Jo is a Guinnes man, and he downed a couple of pints before moving on, checking out the old prirey where Jo also wanted to photo dolly in the suit of armor when he came to the meet, and downing one more pint of Gunnes.

The weekend was soon over and we had little time to do all we wanted, by this time Jo had become a Dear friend, and a part of the family here at Gibbmodoll and his dolls also.

Will after the bike loading was over, and I can say he had a place for everything, he set off for home, the next time we would meet would be the UK doll meet 2010 and I can tell you that was something Jo wanted so much and to meet you all.

He made good time getting back and sending Bob a PM that he had got back ok and that he could not wait till he could meet you all at the meet in that coming November of 2010.

After that things went down hill for Jo, his hip was getting worse and he was in great pain, but he was not going to miss the UK doll meet and meeting you all, not for anything and again he came on the bike with Antanasia his vampire doll one of the very first we think.

This time there was rain and we had to dry Jo out and all his kit by a big heater we have here, getting wet for Jo was all part of the fun as long as dolly was dry Jo was happy.

Not only did he have his doll but all her suit of armor and fighting gear, his guitar and amplifier too, yes Jo loved music and could play most instruments, even the drums, he would play the ones Bob had here and loved it as he could make as much sound as he liked.

He played for us at the UK doll meet last year, with Midi playing too, the two of them are great together, and I know that Jo loved meeting so many of you all and all your dolls.






It is what he wanted most, and wanted to meet more of you the next year, but sadly he can not, we will all remember him for the joy he gave to us all, and he will never be forgotten.











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