Category Archives: Tributes

John Guest 1928-2019

Just over 50 of us joined together with Beryl, Maureen, Jessica and Lewis for John’s funeral at Basingstoke Crematorium on Tuesday 9th April 2019. The entrance music was ‘True Love’ sung by Bing Crosby.  Jessica read “I said to the … Continue reading

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Gerald John Symes (Bunny) 1924-2019

Over 70 neighbours, former neighbours and family members gathered together at St Mary’s Easton on Wednesday 20th March 2019 for the Thanksgiving Service for the life of Gerald Symes known to so many as ‘Bunny’, and to his 6 nieces … Continue reading

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Kenneth George Taylor 1941-2019

Over 100 friends and neighbours of Ken Taylor came to say their farewell to him at St John’s Itchen Abbas on Monday 28th January 2019.  We listened to Heaven was needing a hero by Jo Dee Messina as Ken was … Continue reading

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Nicolas Head 1938-2018

20 of us gathered at St Mary’s Avington to remember Nicolas Head, step brother to Sarah Bullen and brother to Georgie Black of Avington Park on Monday 10th December 2018.  David Duffin played the organ and we sang ‘Lord of … Continue reading

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Ruth Christine Hunt 1955-2018

About 30 mainly family and friends gathered at St John’s Itchen Abbas on Tuesday 4th December 2018 to say goodbye to Ruth Hunt. We sang Guide me O thou great Jehovah and Morning has broken and Ruth’s niece Anna read … Continue reading

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Jennifer Ffennell 1929-2018

Around 30 of us gathered to accompany Jennifer Ffennell on her final journey at St Swithun’s Martyr Worthy.  We said Psalm 121 together and Simon gave the following eulogy Well she certainly was a character. We all shared many happy … Continue reading

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Winifred Wolfe 1924-2018

We held an intimate family service for Winifred Wolfe at St John’s Itchen Abbas on Wednesday 10th October 2018.  Michael chose some beautiful music: The Monteverdi Vespers of 1610 and we sang Dear Lord and Father of Mankind and Praise … Continue reading

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Rosemary Ross Skinner 1932-2018

On a beautifully sunny morning on 1st October 2018, the Ross Skinner family came to St Mary’s Easton with 100 friends and relations to Rosemary’s funeral.  The service was peppered with extracts from her beautifully written books Horizon House, Letter … Continue reading

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Rachel Joan Bickerdike 1924-2018

Just over 90 people came to bid farewell to Joan Bickerdike at St John’s Itchen Abbas on Tuesday 28th August 2018.  Revd. Alex Pease led the service and John Purver played the organ.  The hymns were Dear Lord and Father … Continue reading

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Andrew Nielsen Kennedy 1950-2018

We ran out of service sheets pretty early on as there were over 200 people who wanted to celebrate the life of Andrew Kennedy at 2pm at St Mary’s Easton on Tuesday 15th August 2018. The hymns sung were ‘O … Continue reading

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David Humphrey 1939-2018

It was a swelteringly hot day for the Thanksgiving Service on Wednesday 25th July for the life for one of Itchen Abbas’s most prominent residents, David Humphrey.  Despite the heat, around 190 of David’s family and friends were present to … Continue reading

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Gordon Macpherson 1931-2018

St Mary’s Easton was full to the brim for the Thanksgiving Service for Gordon Macpherson.  The service was introduced by Revd. Alex Pease and then led by Very Revd Alec Knight.  The hymns sung were Dear Lord and Father of … Continue reading

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Judy Countess of Strafford 1932 – 2018

St Mary’s Easton was packed full for the Thanksgiving Service to celebrate the life of Judy Countess of Strafford on Friday 18th May 2018. The service was led by Revd. Jan Brookshaw.  The music before the service included In Paradisum … Continue reading

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Elizabeth Countess Temple of Stowe 1928-2018

On Monday 23rd April 2018 about 100 people gathered in St Mary’s Easton to give thanks for the life of Elizabeth, Countess Temple of Stowe, a long time resident of Easton. The hymns ‘Immortal invisible God only wise’, ‘Praise my … Continue reading

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Joe Urquhart 1943-2017

After a long and debilitating illness, Robert “Joe” Urquhart, one of the Valley’s longer standing residents, died peacefully in the Countess Mountbatten Hospice on September 27th September.  He leaves a widow, Felicity, three married children and five grandchildren to whom … Continue reading

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