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1964 - October 2nd 2014
On Thursday 2nd October, 2014, at 11:30am a service of thanksgiving for the life of Bernard Cole was held at St Bride's Church, Fleet Street.
The Revd Bill Wilson delivered the bidding:-
We meet in the name of Jesus Christ, who died and was raised to the glory of God the Father. Grace and mercy be with you.
We gather today to remember our brother Bernard Cole; to give expression to our grief at his sudden death, to give thanks for his life and to commend him to God's keeping.
We must never deny or minimise the pain of bereavement, or fail to allow those most deeply affected to give expression to it, but stand supportively with them, with Marion, Emma, Georgina, Geraint, Carole and all those close to him.
The sadness extends to all of you, because a part of your life is no longer there, and the pain of separation will remain with you, perhaps for the rest of your lives.
Your presence here today is ample testimony to Bernard's qualities as a friend and colleague, and you will want to reflect on all of that and perhaps discover for the first time the extent of his influence. I know that for many of you seeing Bernard at work was an inspiration. He was a skilled, passionate and committed journalist, and in many ways he can never be replaced, though the good he has done will long outlive him.
Tributes will later expand on Bernard's qualities; I am here simply to encourage you as you reflect with joy and sadness on his life.
We commend Bernard today to the God who will always love him, from whose love nothing, not even death, can ever separate any of us.
Let us pray.
Father in heaven,Amen.
we give you thanks for your servant Bernard.
We praise you as we recollect his life and cherish his memory.
We bless you that in bearing your image he has brought light to our lives;
for we have seen in his friendship reflections of your compassion,
in his integrity demonstrations of your goodness,
in his faithfulness glimpses of your eternal love.
Grant to each of us, beloved and bereft,
the grace to follow his good example
so that we with him may come to your everlasting kingdom;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who died and rose again and opened the gate of glory,
to whom be praise for all eternity.
Chris Ship read Ecclesiasticus 4: 20 - 28
Observe the right time, and beware of evil; and do not bring shame on yourself.
For there is a shame which brings sin, and there is a shame which is glory and favour.
Do not show partiality, to your own harm, or deference, to your downfall.
Do not refrain from speaking at the crucial time, and do not hide your wisdom.
For wisdom is known through speech, and education through the words of the tongue.
Never speak against the truth, but be mindful of your ignorance.
Do not be ashamed to confess your sins, and do not try to stop the current of a river.
Do not subject yourself to a foolish fellow, nor show partiality to a ruler.
Strive even to death for the truth.
Mary Nightingale read Farewell My Friends by Rabindranath Tagore
It was beautiful
as long as it lasted
the journey of my life.
I have no regrets
the pain I'll leave behind.
Those dear hearts
who love and care
and the heavy with sleep
ever moist eyes.
The smife, in spite of a
lump in the throat
and the strings pulling
at the heart and soul.
The strong arms
that held me up
when my oun strength
let me down.
Each morsel that I was
fed with was full of love divine.
At every turning of my life
I came across
Friends who stood by me
even when the time raced by.
I smile and bid you goodbye.
No, shed no tears,
for I need them not
All I need is your smile.
If you feel sad
think of me
for that's what I'd like.
When you live in the hearts
of those you love,
you never die.
Jonathan Symes read Newsman's English by Harold Evans
The choir & organist of St Bride's performed the following anthems and songs:-
Goldberg Variation No. 25 - Bach
Lacrimosa - Mozart
Days - Ray Davies, arr. Matthew Morley
Ave Maria - Schubert
The Parting Glass - Traditional, arr. A Grant
Fugue in D Major - Beethoven
Abide With Me
Lord Of The Dance
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