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The Guild of St Bride has recently suffered the loss of two of its most loyal servants with the death of David Kitchen, MBE and Peter Middleton. The former was invested nine years ago, while Peter had been a member since 1987. Both had frequently acknowledged the warmth of St Bride's and the strong presence of God during the many times they assisted at Guild services, or attended like any other churchgoer.
David Kitchen's close friend Tony Harmer delivered a moving tribute at David's funeral service held in the church last month. He described David as a 'modest man who loved to laugh and had an engaging smile. He was gentle but strong, charming but challenging. He was positive and keen to plan and achieve new goals.' He was oustanding in his fund-raising activities for charities.The tribute mentioned David's strong family life and the devotion of his wife Janet who had 'nursed him around eight hospitals and finally a hospice,' together with the love and support of Sarah, Jo and Sue.
Peter Middleton's path to St Bride's came after he had joined the printing industry following National Service in the RAF and despite a number of health set-backs, he was able to enjoy life to the full with wife Pamela, who is also a member of the Guild, through singing in church choirs as well as the Stationers' Company Choir and the Ashford Middlesex Choral Society. Peter's fortitude earned him tremendous respect from his family, his friends, and all who knew him. In an article for the forthcoming church magazine, Pamela writes: 'During each operation for major surgery, Peter saw a light at the end of the tunnel and felt the strong presence of God in him.'
May David and Peter rest in peace.
And rise in Glory.