18th Birthday

Michael Taylor Stoakes

28th May 2010
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We wanted to mark Michael's birthday in a special way
and it seems ideal to plant trees in the Highlands
- he liked trees and he loved the Highlands.
We pass these woods on the way to Oldshoremore,
the place in the Highlands he loved the most.

The significance of Michael,
his life and his music will never fade,
he'll always be a part of us.

With all our love - Dad, Mum and Lyall xxx

Moment musical in Assynt

A mountain is a sort of music: theme

And counter theme displaced in air amongst

Their own variations.

Wagnerian Devil signed the Coigach score;

And God was Mozart when he wrote Cul Mor.

You climb a trio when you climb Cul Beag.

Stac Polly - there's a rondo in seven sharps,

Neat as a trivet.

And Quinag, rallentando in the haze,

Is one long tune extending phrase by phrase.

I listen with my eyes and see through that

Mellifluous din of shapes my masterpiece

Of masterpieces:

One sandstone chord that holds up time in space -

Sforzando Suilven reared on his ground bass.

Norman MacCaig.

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Donations

Happy birthday Michael,
with all our love as always,
Mum and Dad xx
Donated by Stoakes
27/05/2019
With all our love at Christmas,
from mum & dad xx
Donated by Joyce & Rob Stoakes
20/12/2018
Another birthday Michael,
you have all our love as always,
mum & dad xx
25/05/2018
Christmas 2017
Donated by Janis Dickson
24/12/2017
For your birthday Michael,
from Janis and Ian
Donated by Janis Dickson
29/05/2017
With all our love as always Michael,
love from Mum & Dad xx
Donated by Joyce Stoakes
25/05/2017
Donated by Janis Dickson
20/01/2017
For Michael,
Christmas 2016
love from Janis and Ian
Donated by Janis Dickson
22/12/2016
With all our love at Christmas and always,
Mum and Dad xx
Donated by Joyce Stoakes
20/12/2016
With love on your birthday Michael,
love from Mum & Dad xx
Donated by Joyce Stoakes
30/05/2016
For your birthday Michael,
from Janis and Ian.
Donated by Janis Dickson
27/05/2016
Don’t cry because it’s over.
Smile because it happened…..
Always in our thoughts xx
Donated by Kathryn, Jo, Clara and Solly and in Tricia's memory.
11/03/2016
Donated by Janis Dickson
03/02/2016
Donated by Janis Dickson
21/01/2016
Christmas 2015 x
Donated by Janis Dickson
23/12/2015
For you Michael,
all our love as always,
mum & dad xx
Donated by Joyce Stoakes
23/12/2015
Donated by Janis Dickson
28/05/2015
All our love on your birthday Michael,
from mum and dad. xx
Donated by Joyce Stoakes
28/05/2015
For you Michael, always.
Love from mum & dad xx
Donated by Joyce Stoakes
13/03/2015
Your laughter, brilliant humour and infectious smile
will stay with us always.
Donated by The Ferri Family
11/03/2015
Donated by Janis Dickson
03/02/2015
Donated by Janis Dickson
26/01/2015
For you at Christmas Michael.
Thinking you each and every day. xx
Donated by Mum and Dad
29/12/2014
Christmas 2014
Donated by Janis Dickson
25/12/2014
Lighting a candle for you Michael.
Christmas 2014
Donated by Patricia McLaughlin
24/12/2014
Remembering you on your birthday, Michael.
Much love from Tricia, Kathryn and Clara.
Donated by Patricia McLaughlin
29/05/2014
For your birthday Michael,
all our love,
Mum, Dad & Lyall xxx
Donated by Joyce Stoakes
28/05/2014
For Michael from Ian and Janis,
May 2014
Donated by Janis Dickson
28/05/2014
Still in our thoughts and in our hearts.
Tricia, Kathryn & Clara.
10/03/2014
Thinking of you always Michael,
love from Mum, Dad & Lyall xx
Donated by Joyce Stoakes
07/03/2014
20/01/2014
Donated by Janis Dickson
20/12/2013
For you Michael, at Christmas.
All our love, Mum, Dad and Lyall xxx
Donated by Joyce Stoakes
20/12/2013
Lighting a candle for you this Christmas, Michael.
Love, Light and Peace.
Tricia, Kathryn and Clara.
Donated by Patricia McLaughlin
18/12/2013
Michael you are always in our thoughts.
We miss your exceptional talent
and your ability to always make us laugh.

Love from all at Bearsden Academy Music Department.

Donated by Bearsden Academy Music Department
03/09/2013
Thinking of Michael,
and a tree for Lyall to keep him company.
Love from Mary, Angus and Kirsty.
Donated by Mary McArthur
08/07/2013
Remembering Michael for his 21st.
Annie was just telling me today how
you could do push ups with her sitting on your back.
Serious respect Michael!!
Warm thoughts and smiles,
The Thomsons x
Donated by Fiona Thomson
10/06/2013
With love on your 21st birthday Michael,
from Martin, Paula, Maria, Katie Jo and Andrew xxxxx
Donated by Paula Taheny
28/05/2013
For Michael’s 21st.
Love from Ian, Janis, Emma and Lewis.
27/05/2013
For Michael’s 21st –
an acre sponsored with Trees for Life
so there will always be a wilderness –
for all the adventures there should have been –
and donations to West and East and the Academy –
for all the music there should have been.
All our love as always Michael,
missing you every birthday, every holiday, every single day.
Mum, Dad & Lyall xxx
Donated by Joyce Stoakes
27/05/2013
Thinking of you, Michael,
especially at this time – May 2013.
Love, light and peace.
Tricia, Kathryn and Clara
23/05/2013
Remembering my little cousin on his 21st birthday.

All my love, Elaine

Donated by Elaine Smith
15/05/2013
To mark Michael’s 21st birthday.
Love to Joyce, Rob and Lyall.
Auntie Joan and Uncle Robin.
Donated by Joan Smith
15/05/2013
To remember Michael in March 2013.
Barbara & Victor Martin
Donated by Barbara Taylor Martin
18/03/2013
Remembering Michael.
March 2013. T. K. and C.
06/03/2013
04/02/2013
Donated by Janis Dickson
21/01/2013
For Michael.
159 trees now, the number we all cherish.
With all our love forever,
Mum, Dad and Lyall xxx
Donated by Joyce Stoakes
20/12/2012
You are in our thoughts this Christmas, Michael.
Love, Light and Peace.
Tricia, Kathryn & Clara. December 2012.
11/12/2012
Remembering you,
especially on your birthday, Michael.
Love from Tricia, Kathryn & Clara.
28th May 2012.
25/05/2012
For Michael with love,
from Dad, Mum & Lyall xxx

I think of you
in gold coins.
My thoughts of you,
each one,
is a gold coin –
I am their miser but
they belong to you.

Norman MacCaig.

Donated by Joyce Stoakes
22/05/2012
30/01/2012
For Michael with all our love,
Dad, Mum & Lyall xxx.
Christmas 2011.
10/01/2012
A tree is for life, not just for Christmas.
The beautiful Caledonian Forest is full of life.
Thinking of you this Christmas, Michael, and always.
Love & Light.
Tricia, Kathryn & Clara.
Donated by Patricia McLaughlin
10/01/2012
Michael, always with us, always loved.
Dad, Mum & Lyall xxx
30/05/2011
Happy Birthday, Michael.
With love from Tricia, Kathryn and Clara
Donated by Patricia McLaughlin
30/05/2011
Thinking of you with love Michael.
The Thomsons – Fiona, Dave, Shauna & Annie
Donated by Fiona S Thomson
14/03/2011
Michael – you live on in our hearts and in our thoughts.
Love and light – Tricia, Kathryn and Clara

Planting trees early in spring,
we make a place for birds to sing
in time to come. How do we know?
They are singing here now.
There is no other guarantee
that singing will ever be.
by Wendell Berry

Donated by Patricia McLaughlin
10/03/2011
Donated by Janis Dickson
03/02/2011
For Michael,
With love from Ian, Janis, Emma and Lewis
Donated by Janis Dickson
19/01/2011
To Michael
Always in our thoughts, especially this Christmas.
With love from
Tricia, Kathryn and baby Clara
Donated by Patricia McLaughlin
23/12/2010
To Michael,
At Christmas time,
when the trees are looking so beautiful,
we send our love.
You will always be in our hearts with happy memories,
Stuart, Caroline, Eddie and Rachael Breen xx
Donated by Mrs Caroline Breen
23/12/2010
For Michael at Christmas.
Love always from Dad, Mum and Lyall
xxx

Michael – words and music by Andrew James Taheny

Didn’t know you all that well, but I’d still like to say
I’ll miss you so much, every day
Your sense of humour, your happy face
But especially, your mad skills on the bass.

Your were my sister’s friend but you were also mine,
And I’m just so glad you came into my life.
To everyone you met, you brought happiness and joy
You were my hero, not just a boy.

And I’ll try to make my way through this horrible pain
Move away from this cloud, pouring down of rain.
It’ll be one of the hardest things I’ll ever have to do
But the hardest part will just be missing you.

You were my sister’s friend but you were also mine
And I’m just so glad you came into my life
To everyone you met, you brought happiness and joy
You were my hero, not just a boy.

4 Strings – by Ewan McAleer

What do four strings mean to me?
A lot of things too be honest.
My first love, My feelings that cannot be expressed by words,
But most of all,
A True Friend.

When someone inspires you,
It can mean many things,
But this person showed me too one of my most loved things in life and helped me
start a new chapter.

Four strings he struck with pure talent,
Showing me what music meant.

The power to move and amaze people,
Without a single word said.

Every time those four strings were played I felt an experience of motionless.
The total blast of musical beauty that was so incredible
Yet so underrated.

I just couldn’t let the notion pass.

Enjoyment
Amazement
Direction
Goodness

The four strings true meaning to me?
A lot of things too be honest.

But now the feeling has left me,
I won’t hear them again.
So all that is left for me too do,
Is to play my four strings
Like Michael would have wanted.

What do four strings mean too me?
A lot of things to be honest.

_____________________

Donated by Dad, Mum and Lyall
14/12/2010
We want to thank Linda and the music department at Bearsden Academy,
staff and pupils, for the tribute concert for Michael.
Also to thank the Tang family for donating the music award to the EDC orchestra,
the WSSSO for presenting two music awards
and Norrie and Allander Squash for the memorial tournament and trophy –
all these dedicated to Michael.
We have no adequate words to describe
what these memories and dedications mean to us so
we hope that planting trees at Corrimony,
beside those already planted for Michael, will act as our thanks.
Rob, Joyce and Lyall xxx
Donated by Joyce Stoakes
09/12/2010
Trees for Michael,
from the staff of the Inverclyde Council lower IT office.
Donated by Inverclyde Council lower IT office staff
07/09/2010
For Michael and his family, with warmest wishes,
from Lorraine & Ali xxx
Donated by Miss Lorraine Scotson
21/07/2010
Just as these trees will always have a special place in this world,
our memories of Michael will always have a special place in our hearts.
With much love from
Paul, Carolyn, Moira and Paul.xx
Donated by Moira Ferri
06/07/2010
All my love, Milli and Robin Scotson xx
Donated by Emily Scotson
21/07/2010
Always in our thoughts and forever in our hearts.
Happy Birthday.
Love Julienne and Innes xx
Donated by Julienne Scotson
03/07/2010
Michael, this will be a beautiful place where
those who love you can remember the laughter.
Love Audrey, Cameron, Grant and Neil xx
Donated by Audrey Mitchell
28/06/2010
In loving memory of Michael
and sending Joyce, Rob and Lyall our love and support.
Chris Reedie, Rhona Reedie,
Desmond, Robben and Ross Beatty.
Donated by Rhona Reedie
22/06/2010
What a beautiful thing for you to do,
and a beautiful way for everyone to feel in touch with Michael,
I look forward to taking Ellie up there.
Thinking of you all.
Love from Vivien and Ellie Scotson xx
Donated by Vivien Scotson
16/06/2010
We have each planted a tree in memory of Michael,
a much-loved grandson, cousin and nephew.
You will be missed so very much.
Our love always from
Nana Stoakes, Emma, Melissa, Jennifer, Rachel, Mark & Jayne
Donated by Terence m stoakes
15/06/2010
In remembrance of Michael
from
Ann & Martin
Donated by Ann Irving
14/06/2010
For Michael, with love from Ian and Janis
Donated by Janis Dickson
11/06/2010
This will be a lovely place.
From Grandad Scotson
Donated by Grandad Scotson
09/06/2010
Michaels very own Wooten Woods where music will always play.
Love Robert and Isabel
Donated by Robert Scotson
09/06/2010
Michael, you were taken “awa sae hasty”
but sponsoring a tree in your memory
will provide solace and like Robbie Burns,
your memory will never fade.
Happy Birthday from Barbara, Victor, Lloyd & Blair.
Donated by Barbara Martin
03/06/2010
from Jim and Nancy
Donated by J Reedie
31/05/2010
“Music, once admitted to the soul,
becomes a sort of spirit,
and never dies”
Happy Birthday, Michael.
Your music lives on.
Love from Tricia & Kathryn
Donated by Patricia M McLaughlin
31/05/2010
Michael I will always miss you.
The Birthdays that we shared together are unforgettable memories
and will always be close to my heart.
When I am ever in the Highlands
I will be thinking about you.
Donated by David Raymond
30/05/2010
Happy Birthday Michael,
always in our hearts and memories,
all our love
The Tahenys

Missed
Idolised
Charming
Happy
Academic
Enthusiastic
Laidback

Talented
Admired,br>
Youthful
Loved
Outstanding
Respected

Strong
Totally awesome
Original
Amazing
Kind
Exceptional
Special

Love and miss you xxxxx

Donated by Mr M J Taheny
28/05/2010
You will always be my hero.
I love you forever.
Annie
Donated by Miss Annie Scott Thomson
28/05/2010
Happy birthday Michael
Donated by Linda Bryce
28/05/2010
In memory for Michael and in respect of his Mum, Dad and Brother
I am pleased to contribute to the trees project
Gus Scotson
Donated by Angus T Scotson
28/05/2010
I cannot think of a better way to celebrate a life than to plant a tree.
This one is for you Michael.

You are always in our hearts,
love Elaine, Cierra and Halle

27/05/2010
There is always music amongst the trees……..
but our hearts must be very quiet to hear it.
Donated by Joan Smith
27/05/2010
Donated by Barbara Robertson
26/05/2010
Donated by J Stoakes
24/05/2010