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21st September 1946 - 14th October 2012
On Wednesday 20th March, at 11:30am, a service of thanksgiving for the life of Padraic Fallon was held at St Bride's Church, Fleet Street.
The Venerable David Meara delivered the bidding:-
We gather in this City Church to celebrate the life and honour the memory of Padraic Fallon, pioneering financial journalist who became a highly successful businessman and Chief Executive of Euromoney Institutional Investor. We celebrate today a son of Ireland who maintained a love of words and good writing, who had worked for the Irish Times, Thomson Regional Newspapers, the Daily Mirror and the Daily Mail. We remember him today as a terrific colleague, an enthusiastic sportsman, with a great sense of fun, and a great generosity of Spirit: above all a loving family man and a kind and generous friend.
As we remember him today, and give thanks for all he meant to us, we commend him to the care and keeping of our heavenly Father, trusting that at the end of our brief day is the eternity of God's love.Amen.
Sir Patrick Sergeant read Happy The Man by John Dryden
Happy the man, and happy he alone,
He who can call today his own:
He who, secure within, can say,
Tomorrow do thy worst, for I have lived today.
Be fair or foul or rain or shine
The joys I have possessed, in spite of fate, are mine.
Not Heaven itself upon the past has power,
But what has been, has been, and I have had my hour.
Jolyon Fallon read Not How Did He Die, But How Did He Live?
Not, how did he die, but how did he live?
Not, what did he gain, but what did he give?
These are the units to measure the worth
Of a man as a man, regardless of birth.
Not what was his church, nor what was his creed?
But had he befriended those really in need?
Was he ever ready, with word of good cheer,
To bring back a smile, to banish a tear?
Not what did the sketch in the newspaper say,
But how many were sorry when he passed away?
Richard Ensor read an excerpt from The Old Man And The Sea by Ernest Hemingway
The choir & organist of St Bride's performed the following anthems and songs:-
We Wait For Thy Loving Kindness - McKie
An Die Musik - Schubert performed by Sarah Minns
Psalm 23 - Goodall
The Parting Glass - trad. arr. Gant
Guide Me, O Though Great Redeemer
Praise, My Soul, The King Of Heaven
Thine Be The Glory
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