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Sir Clement Freud
Best Before 15.04.09
On 24th April 2009 at noon a funeral service was held for Sir Clement Freud at St Bride's Church.
Canon David Meara said: "We meet to mourn the death and celebrate the life of Clement Freud, wit and raconteur, Member of Parliament, gourmet, celebrity cook before the breed was really invented, habitué of the turf, TV and Radio personality, but in his own mind, and first and last a journalist, a denizen of Fleet Street who wrote for many of the national newspapers, and who cared passionately about words and the writer's craft.
We celebrate today someone who without hesitation (dare I say it), repetition or deviation can be acclaimed as one of this country's most versatile and enduring personalities, an iconic figure who by the end of his life had become a national treasure.
As we commend him today to Almighty God, may the laughter of heaven surround him, may the angels smile upon him, and may the love of God uphold him, as we give thanks for a man who, through his words and his work, made all our hearts glad. AMEN."
Matthew Freud with musical "P.S." by Emma Freud
The Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Gordon Brown read The Wedding at Cana, John 2: 1-11.
Dominic Freud read The Seven Ages of Man (with apologies to Shakespeare).
Lady Jill Freud read If I Should Die by Joyce Grenfell.
Eight of Sir Clement's seventeen grandchildren read a selection of quotations about and by Sir Clement.
Burial Sentences - William Croft
O What a Beautiful Morning from Oklahoma - Rogers & Hammerstein
I've Got the Horse Right Here from Guys & Dolls - Frank Loesser
Swing Low, Sweet Chariot - traditional spiritual, arr. Robert Jones
The Minute Waltz - Chopin, played by Robert Jones
I Vow to Thee My Country
He Who Would Valiant Be