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29th July 1926 -
6th June 2012
On Thursday 13th September, 2012, at 11:30am a service of thanksgiving for the life of Dennis Signy OBE, football journalist, was held at St Bride's Church, Fleet Street.
The Venerable David Meara delivered the bidding:-
We come together today to celebrate the life and honour the memory of Dennis Signy, local newspaper editor, freelance football correspondent and writer, who started his career as a reporter on the Ham and High, and then on the Hendon and Finchley Times. After the war he had a long association with the Hendon Times, as well as writing for several national newspapers. His passion for football led him to become Chief Executive of QPR, and a consultant at Barnet, and a member of the football league advisory panel.
We remember him today as the greatest freelance football reporter and newsgatherer of his generation, with a comprehensive contacts book, a vast network of friends, a ready wit and a great love of life. We give thanks for a loving family man, a loyal friend, and a gentleman journalist of the Old School.
As we share our memories today and give thanks for having known Dennis, we pray that at the end of his long and full life is the eternity of God's love.
Gerry Cox, read, I Corinthians 13
Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. Andthough I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, doth not behave itself unseemly seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
Steven Signy read, "The Man They Cannot Mug" by Dennis Signy
The choir & organist of St Bride's performed the following anthems and songs:-
God Be In My Head - Walford Davies
In Paradisum from Requiem - Fauré
Laudate Dominum - Mozart
I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles - Kellette / Kenbrovin, arr. Gant
Chattanooga Choo Choo - Warren / Gordon
I Vow To Thee, My Country
Abide With Me
"The purpose of life is not to be happy - but to matter,
to be productive, to be useful, to have it make some
difference that you have lived at all"
Guardian by Roy Greenslade