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Goodbye to an old friend.

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on August 25, 2006

Anyone working in technology journalism or PR in the UK will have met Sonia Howell-Jones. She was one of those few people who could take a professional relationship, and turn it into a deep and enduring friendship.

She was one of the first PRs I met, while working on one of my first articles, and she was a friend from our second phone call. Sonia helped and me many times, and when she retired we stayed in touch, driving across West London for dinner at her or our place. She even helped us find the cats that now share our home…

Sadly Sonia had a sudden stroke last night, and died this morning. She will be missed by many, including most of the folk on CIX, where her online presence “shj” was an important contributor to many conferences.

I know that anything I write won’t capture more than a few facets of a wise, funny and welcoming friend.

Goodbye Sonia. We’ll miss you.


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  1. davesslave said,

    My condolences to Sonia’s family and friends. It’s hard to lose a beloved person.

  2. imaget said,

    I’m sorry you lost a friend.

  3. maetang said,

    I’m sorry for your loss.

  4. nerdware said,

    I mainly knew her as a fellow diabetic.

  5. tanais said,

    Thats a real shame. She was also a PR in my days and a good one at that. My last memory of her was you, mary and myself a few years back at a Chinese Restaurant table.

  6. thunderbox said,

    My last conversation with Sonia was such that I can’t help smiling at the recollection, even as I type this.

    And you know, thinking about it, I’ll wager that’s true of everyone who knew her.

  7. wendyg said,

    The memory that springs to my mind was of her at one of my birthday parties – not the 50th, but maybe the 49th – frying doughnuts for me to hand out to guests. What was especially kind about that was that Sonia, as a diabetic, wasn’t going to eat any of them.


  8. anonymous said,

    Her friends at CIX, my partner and I among them, will sorely miss her.

    She was always so funny, her wry Jewish humour bringing a smile to our faces.

    Yis’ga’dal v’yis’kadash sh’may ra’bbo, b’olmo dee’vro chir’usay v’yamlich malchu’say, b’chayaychon uv’yomay’chon uv’chayay d’chol bais Yisroel, ba’agolo u’viz’man koriv; v’imru Omein.
    Y’hay shmay rabbo m’vorach l’olam ul’olmay olmayo.
    Yisborach v’yishtabach v’yispoar v’yisromam v’yismasay, v’yishador v’yis’aleh v’yisalal, shmay d’kudsho, brich hu, l’aylo min kl birchoso v’sheeroso, tush’bechoso v’nechemoso, da,ameeran b’olmo; vimru Omein.
    Y’hay shlomo rabbo min sh’mayo, v’chayim alaynu v’al kol Yisroel; v’imru Omein.
    Oseh sholom bimromov, hu ya’aseh sholom olaynu, v’al kol yisroel; vimru Omein.

    Glorified and sanctified be God’s great name throughout the world that He has created according to His will.
    May He establish His kingdom in your lifetime and during your days, and within the life of the entire House of Israel, speedily and soon; and say, Amen.
    May His great name be blessed forever and to all eternity.
    Blessed and praised, glorified and exalted, extolled and honored, adored and lauded be the name of the Holy One, blessed be He, beyond all the blessings and hymns, praises and consolations that are ever spoken in the world; and say, Amen.
    May there be abundant peace from heaven, and life, for us and for all Israel; and say, Amen
    He who creates peace in His celestial heights, may He create peace for us and for all Israel; and say, Amen.

    Joanna Rowland-Stuart (jstuart@cix)

  9. anonymous said,

    Sonia interviewed me in 1984 for a PR job at Interco, which I was given. She was a great person – truly one of the greats and an exceptional individual. I told her as much, not that many weeks before she died; she went a bit doo lally, lol. Sonia – au revoir. Paul Whitehead.

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