On November 15th 2004 our friend and colleague Cherith Joy Watson died suddenly and unexpectedly. She was 33.
Cherith was with Liverpoolfc.tv from the very start in the treble season, answering emails from a webmail account with the mail box filling up as quickly as she could empty it. She has been the life of this website for over three years and none of us ever imagined that she would not go on being so forever.
Cherith was the company's soul and conscience; if anyone suggested something not in the fans' interest, her horse was extremely high, and she was not afraid to climb onto it to knock you down.
She was also our heart, if you needed a favour, you didn't have to ask twice and many a Dutchman got both to a game and to meet Jari Litmanen thanks to her generosity and willingness to help. Thousands upon thousands of fans have been helped in one way or another by Cherith in the past few years.
Words can not accurately portray Cherith, you had to meet her; and if you did, you wouldn't forget her. I have shared an office with Cherith for the past three years and have lived through most of the many drama's she has faced in that time.
A "Dramarama" for Cherith was anything from when she couldn't find her keys/tickets/pen (this happened every day, they were on her desk) to being told to leave Anfield car park by Phil Thompson because we were trying to get shirts signed (we joined in with the away fans 'Pinocchio' chants for weeks after that).
Cherith was never one to give up. After 48 hours of us trying to get Glastonbury tickets she faxed the company and told them to ring us up. If Cherith told you to do something, you did what you were told. She got the tickets.
Anything you can think of has happened to Cherith, and while I could never claim to be one of her very many closest friends I have had the distinct privilege of spending most of her .tv working life with her. I have been snuck onto the pitch at Anfield by her (I had 'important
papers') and I have lifted her up so she could reach out to touch Morrissey (we fell over but we got his shirt). Everyone who knows Cherith has these stories, she filled our lives with drama and fun.
With Cherith gone it is up to the rest of us at the website to remember the things she believed in and to stand up for them at every turn as she has done. We owe her that and so much more for everything she has given us.
I know of no better tribute than to say that she loved this club more than anyone I have ever met and was loved in return by everyone she ever met including all of us here. She will be deeply, desperately missed and our thoughts are with Lee, Jordan, Becky and all Cherith's family and friends.