7th March 1949 - 26th April 2009
4th May 2009 Funeral Celebrant: - Peter Bygrave
Music selections: Orchestral piece (Vince Mendoza),
'I Know It's You' (Donny Hathaway),
'Thank You Jesus' (lyric: Shannon Nelson, music: Michael Nelson)
'Fields Of Gold' (sung by Eva Cassidy)
Reading: 'I'm Free'
Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free
I'm following the path God has laid you see
I took His hand when I heard Him call
I turned my back and left it all
I could not stay another day
To laugh, to love, to work, to play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way
I found that peace at the close of day.
If my parting has left a void
Then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss
Oh yes, these things I too will miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow
I wish the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life's been full, I savoured much
Good friends, good times, a loved one's touch.
Perhaps my time seemed all too brief
Don't lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your hearts and peace to thee
God wanted me now; He set me free.
Reading: 'John 14 verses 1 - 6'
Do not be worried or upset, Jesus told them, "Believe in God and believe also in me.
There are many rooms in my father's house, and I go to prepare a place for you.
I would not tell you this if it were not so.
And after I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to myself,
so that you will be where I am.
You know the way that leads to the place where I am going."
Thomas said to Him, "Lord, we do not know where you are going,
so how can we know the way to get there?"
Jesus answered him: "I am the way, the truth and the life.
No one goes to the father except by me."