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It is with great sadness that we must share with you that Jeannette Obstoj passed away on Thursday 26th March 2015 after a short and sudden illness. Jeannette was an extraordinary talent, a lyricist, video-maker, poet, painter and graphic artist who wrote songs for Tina Turner, Wilson Phillips, The Fixx, Dusty Springfield and Rupert Hine amongst many others. Jeannette’s work was instrumental in shaping the artistic vision and direction of her collaborators and she leaves behind a body of work that expresses her humour, creativity and love as well as representing progressive and often challenging views and ideas.

In her formative years Jeannette had a passion for painting and produced numerous works expressing her extraordinary imagination, humour and love of animals before she morphed into a brilliant and prolific lyricist and film director/producer.

Jeannette acted as Director/Co-Producer for Rupert Hine’s “Surface Tension”, “Misplaced Love”, “The Setup”. Thinkman’s “Best Adventures” and for The Fixx: “Less Cities More Moving People” “Stand Or Fall” “One Thing Leads To Another”. Jeannette also created LP sleeve artwork for many of the band’s she worked with often acting as artistic director.

Jeannette’s creative impact and legacy span a number of decades and her loss is felt very greatly by all who have been touched by her life and work.

Geoff Jukes, Jeannette’s partner

COMMENTS


Geoff Jukes

1st April 2015

So happy to have met you again in this life, my dearest Jeannette. Looking forward to continuing the adventure with you in future lives. I will always treasure your wild, wise, loving presence. Sending you oceans of love and light for your journey. You will always be in my heart. Geoff X


Christine (Kris)

6th April 2015

My Dearest Jeannette I cannot believe that God took from us the most wonderful person. I wish I could have taken away yor pain, so you could be with us again. I would like to thank you for supporting me through life and over the years helping me conquer my fears and wiping away my tears. We shared our happiness and sorrows and dreamed of our tomorrows. We have a bond so strong it will last forever long. You gave me a sense of belonging, you showed me unconditional love and compassion. I want to shout out loud and tell the whole world, how I am so proud that you let me call you my best friend and my Mama. For as long as I am alive, you will survive and forever be in my heart. You will be missed by all that are near, for your love is one we hold dear. You are a beautiful person, we can never forget. So rest in peace now my darling Jeannette. The next bell I hear that rings, I know God has given you your true angel wings. You are the centre of my world, I will love you forever

Christine xxxx


Shirley Jones

4th April 2015

Jeannette, what a wonderful and wacky friend you were. I remember you inviting me to dinner and welcoming me with a bucket of water from two storeys up. Oh now we laughed. And you offered me support when I needed it most. And only you and I know that. Miss you and am waiting nervously to see where you pop up next. All my love always. Shirley xxx


Sadia Sadia

5th April 2015

“Today it is heaped at your feet, it has found its end in you The love of all man’s days both past and forever: Universal joy, universal sorrow, universal life. The memories of all loves merging with this one love of ours – And the songs of every poet past and forever.” -Rabindranath Tagore

Rest in peace

Sadia


Roman Sanchez

5th April 2015

It’s finally nice to put a face to the name after all these years, she’ll be missed.


Jeff Elbel

5th April 2015

It has always been a joy to encounter Jeannette’s work. She was, and remains, an inspiration. I knew her primarily as a writer of lyrics – a linguistic artist of a highest caliber. I know that her abilities and interests reached far beyond that talent. Her words had the ability to connect with emotional immediacy and intellectual precision. Much love to her family and dear friends.


Franck Pélissier

5th April 2015

By the lyrics she wrote for an incredible collection of beautiful songs, for Rupert Hine, Thinkman, or the Fixx, Jeannette will stay in our heart and soul forever. RIP.


David Morgan

5th April 2015

Beautiful words from a beautiful mind.


Jean-Dominique Dalloz

5th April 2015

Your words made me think differently. Hope you will find your promised land wherever it is.


Johannes Essink

5th April 2015

You’ve touched my heart so gently…


Pierre Alozie

5th April 2015

Dear Geoff, Our condolences for your loss, and may the journey continue on the other side. Peace Pierre


Margot

5th April 2015

Dear Geoff. My sincere condolences for the loss of Jeanette. I have not seen her for many years, but I do remember some lovely, crazy times I had with Jeanette, Roger my husband, her Mother Sophie and her sister Barbara. I was lucky enough to have some of her lovely paintings. Thinking of you at this very sad time. Margot Webb


Michelle Etheredge

5th April 2015

Though I never met you, you have touched my life in many ways . Your beauty and talents will be missed. “I’ll bear one precious scar that only. You will know again”. Fly free with the Angels. The heavenly choir now has the best.


Barbara Obstoj-Cardwell

5th April 2015

Dear Geoff, I am devastated to hear of the death of my dear sister Jeannette, and send you my love and sincere condolences. I have shared much joy and laughter, as well as sadness, with you both, and I have hundreds and hundreds of happy memories of things Jeannette and I have done in the past. While we have lost her physical presence, Jeannette’s spirit and talent will remain for ever in the wonderful songs, poems and pictures that she has created, as well as the great memories. All my love, and also from her mother, Sophie. Barbara


Stefan

5th April 2015

“Some nights we have no real cares, we seem to fly up the stairs Led by those mysterious lights, with no earthly fear of great heights Deep in your heart, you want me to have that sense of… Perfect adventure in this universe, how I wish they could understand this”


Rona Bunn

6th April 2015

Dearest Jeannette what a pleasure to know you. Thank you so much for the love and care you gave to us and our Darling Jezebel always! Wishing you love and light on your journey. Rona & Bobby


Wayne Bardell

8th April 2015

Dear Geoff,

I was so shocked and saddened to hear that the wonderful and supremely gifted Jeanette has passed away. My words can do little to cushion this blow. My thoughts are with you dear friend at this time and will be always in the future.. I can’t pretend to know how to deal with such a loss, as i still struggle to come to terms with own two and a half years on. I fancy that you are much better equipped than I am but if I can be of any comfort ever, please do let me know . Love to you , Jeanette’s family and friends. Wayne


Margaret "Maggie" Hammond

8th April 2015

The sadness I feel with the loss of my friend, Jeannette, is haunting me as the days go by since Jeannette died. She was a wonderful friend to me and I mourn the loss of her spirit which uplifted me many times. Maggie


Lisa Roden

8th April 2015

I will always be a fan of Jeannette’s lyrics – thoughtful, mystical and thoroughly original. So sorry I never had the chance to meet her. My deepest condolences go out to her loved ones.


james

10th April 2015

Untrammelled by the corsets of convention , this bright meteor described her own singular chosen arc , and showered those in proximity with the dazzle of her many qualities , not least a sprinkling of crazy-dust . She loved fiercely ; was faithful in friendship , unsparing and provocative in teasing . Observing her during a séance in Mayfair in her early twenties , I was struck then , and thereafter , by the broad spectrum of her inquisitive forays into varying media : re-incarnation amongst others , to nourish inspiration and ongoing search . So many sources fed her great creativity and sensitivity to colour , form and expression . This was no ground let fallow ; she used her talents . Tender care showed to our canine friends expressed the maternal ; some children have received less . A big heart was here , within this free spirit . Au revoir .


Richard and Sarah

11th April 2015

Such beautiful words written for you Jeanette, your love will surely shine on forever. Our hearts go out to you and your family. Richard, Sarah and little Dolly


Mike Gillespie

11th April 2015

Dearest Geoff and Jeannette,

Fond memories of some fun times spent with you both, but the one that will stay with me forever is Jeannette taking in and adopting your great friend Feathers. He was one lucky Pigeon – who arrived with a broken wing and was nursed back to health and then chose to hang around. I will never understand why he eventually decided to fly the comfort of his nests (bathroom and luxury aviary) but hope we get to see him again some day.

Huge love to you both, Mike


The Artful Todger

12th April 2015

Much of my philosophical and cultural leanings have been profoundly shaped by this amazing lady. The world has lost a great artist, but not the evidence of her genius. Thank you from the Southern United States. You have reached Arkansas.


Stephen Tayler

12th April 2015

It was my enormous privilege to record and mix at least eighty songs with Jeannette’s lyrics. These words were sometimes hilarious, sometimes tragic, often outrageous and always provocative – they told stories, painted pictures, issued warnings, gave comfort – in fact they covered every emotion. Working on these songs meant I would listen to each one hundreds of times. I never grew tired of them, there was always something new to discover, some extra nuance.

Jeannette’s beautiful, powerful words have seeped into my very being and have become a part of me.

The other day I had a listen to many of these songs that I hadn’t heard in quite some time. I was listening to ‘The A to Z of You and Me’ from the Thinkman album ‘Hard Hat Zone’. As the song finished, at the close of the album, suddenly there was Jeannette’s voice, and a couple of barks from Robin. I had completely forgotten we did this. It was a beautiful surprise.

Dear Jeannette, we miss you, your art will live on in our hearts.

Love

Steve (Ollie)


Amanda Hon

13th April 2015

Deepest condolences to you, Geoff, for the loss of your beloved Jeannette. She was such a talented and sensitive being who lived with flair and passion and who brought colour to every situation. Sending lots of love with Jeannette for her onward journey, and to you for yours.

Mandy and José. xx


Tom Morton

13th April 2015

It was always a delight to have Jeanette and yourself here in Shetland, Geoff. She will be much missed. All the best from Da Aald Rock


Alison Murdoch

16th April 2015

We got to know Jeanette only in the last few years through our springer spaniel, Lola, who Geoff and Jeanette looked after at various times when we travelled abroad. Lola’s tail would wag uncontrollably as soon as we approached Jeanette’s house, and then she’d race inside to say hello and explore her favourite corners of the house. She was clearly very happy there. My experience of Jeanette was as a wonderfully kind, gentle and generous person with a very warm heart. Simon, Lola and myself send much love for her journey onwards, and to Geoff and her other family and friends left behind.


Fay Armstrong

22nd April 2015

Sincere condolences, dear Geoff, and to Jeannette’s family, also: I am standing upon the seashore. A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength. I stand and watch her until at length she hangs like a speck of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other. Then, someone at my side says; “There, she is gone!” “Gone where?” Gone from my sight. That is all. She is just as large in mast and hull and spar as she was when she left my side and she is just as able to bear her load of living freight to her destined port. Her diminished size is in me, not in her. And just at the moment when someone at my side says, “There, she is gone!” There are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices ready to take up the glad shout; “Here she comes!” And that is dying.

Henry Van Dyke Poet 1852-1933


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