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August 3rd 1934 -
January 29th 2013
On Wednesday 5th June, at 11:30am, a service of thanksgiving for the life of Marius Gray was held at St Bride's Church, Fleet Street.
The Venerable David Meara delivered the bidding:-
We gather today to celebrate the life and honour the memory of Marius Gray, a much respected chartered accountant who became Senior Partner at Dixon Wilson, but who also gave distinguished service and wise advice to many companies, institutions and individuals. The presence of our Royal Representatives today is testament to the valued financial advice he gave to the Royal Family: and he was a Director of DMGT for twenty years and advised both the late and current Lord Rothermere. Many people have cause to be grateful for his shrewd and wise judgement.
Marius was discreet, modest and immensely likeable. He served on the boards of many companies, with insight, sound advice, and much good humour. He loved the visual arts, he was a genial and generous host, and had a strong Christian faith that sustained him during his final illness.
Today we give thanks for the privilege of having known him, for all he gave in so many ways, and we commend him to God, trusting that at the end of our brief day is the eternity of God's love.
David Nelson, Senior Partner of Dixon Wilson
Rabbi Julia Neuberger
John Crawley read 1 Corinthians 13
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.
2 And though 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.
3 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.
4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
8 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
Robert Maxwell read Revelation 21: 1-7
21 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.
6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.
7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.
The choir & organist of St Bride's performed the following anthems and songs:-
Arioso - Bach
Psalm 121 - Walford-Davies
I was glad - Parry
Easter Hymn - Mascagni
I know that my redeemer liveth from Messiah - Handel
The Parting Glass - trad. arr Gant
O God, Our Help In Ages Past
Lord Of All Hopefulness, Lord Of All Joy
He Who Would Valiant Be