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A Service of Thanksgiving was held at St Bride's on Thursday, 16th September, 2010 at 11.30am for the life and work of Alan Ruddock, reporter on the Sunday Times, Sunday Express and Sporting Life before becoming editor of the Scotsman in 1998, at a time of immense political upheaval in Edinburgh.
The BIDDING PRAYER
The Revd George Pitcher delivered the Bidding:
We are here today in St Bride's to celebrate the life and honour the memory of Alan Ruddock, journalist and latterly editor of the Scotsman, whose career began on the Today newspaper, and continued in his native Ireland on the Sunday Tribune, the Irish edition of the Sunday Times, the Irish Independent and the Sunday Independent. After a short spell at the Sunday Express he became for two years editor of the Scotsman, and he also wrote a biography of Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary.
His other great passion was sport, especially rugby, football and cricket, and he died suddenly while playing cricket for his local Halverstown Club in County Wicklow.
We remember today a committed journalist, with a talent for mischief and friendship, a loyal Irishman, and loving husband and father. We commend him today to Almighty God, trusting that at the end of his all-too-short life is the eternity of God's love.
Ian Birrell, former deputy editor of The Independent
Richard Beetson, foreign editor of The Times
John Witherow, editor of The Sunday Times, read 1 Corinthians 15, v 50-58
Rory Godson, head of financial PR at Powerscourt, read Aer Limbo will never take off without cheeky O'Leary by Alan Ruddock (Irish Sunday Independent, 15.10.06)
Victor Mallet, read A whole institution stands indicted by Alan Ruddock (Irish Sunday Independent, 27.10.02)
St Bride's Choir performed the following anthems and arrangements:
Psalm 121 - Walford Davies
Ubi Caritas - Duruflé
And I Saw A New Heaven - Bainton
In My Life - Lennon/McCartney, arr. Jordan
The Parting Glass - Irish trad.
Dear Lord And Father Of Mankind
Guide Me, O Though Great Redeemer
Thine Be The Glory
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