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Brian Thomas Graves Nicholson CBE
27th June 1930 - 12th August 2015
On Thursday 20th August, 2015, at 11:30am the funeral service for Brian Thomas Graves Nicholson CBE was held at St Bride's Church, Fleet Street.
The Revd Canon Dr Alison Joyce delivered the bidding:-
We are here to do a very difficult thing; which is to say a final farewell to Brian Nicholson - a man of intelligence and energy; a man of great kindness and charm; a man who earned the love and respect of all who knew him.
But alongside the sadness of saying goodbye, we can also rejoice that the world was the richer place for Brian's presence within it. And so, as we entrust him into the loving arms of the God who gave him life - the God whom Brian served so faithfully over many years here at St Bride's as Churchwarden and Guildsman - this is also an opportunity for us to give thanks for all that Brian has meant to us, and for all that he was.
We begin with an opening prayer. Let us pray.
Heavenly Father, we come into your presence to give thanks for Brian, whom we love but see no longer,and to seek comfort and consolation at his loss.
As we entrust him into your loving care, give us the strength to rejoice that he is now restored to fullness of life, and reunited with all whom he has loved who have passed this way before him.
And help us to know in our hearts that the day will come when we, too, may find life and peace and perfect joy with him,in your loving presence.
In Jesus name we pray.
Henry Adeane read John 14: 1-6
14 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
2 In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.
5 Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?
6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Patrick Nicholson read Seaside Gold by John Betjeman
How straight it flew, how long it flew,
It clear'd the rutty track
And soaring, disappeared from view
Beyond the bunker's back -
A glorious, sailing, bounding drive
That made me glad I was alive.
And down the fairway, far along
It glowed a lonely white; I played an iron sure and strong
And clipp'd it out of sight,
And spite of grassy banks between
I knew I'd find it on the green.
And so I did. It lay content
Two paces from the pin;
A steady putt and then it went
Oh, most surely in.
The very turf rejoiced to see
That quite unprecedented three.
Ah! Seaweed smells from sandy caves
And thyme and mist in whiffs,
In-coming tide, Atlantic waves
Slapping the sunny cliffs,
Lark song and sea sounds in the air
And splendour, splendour everywhere.
The choir & organist of St Bride's performed the following anthems and songs:-
Nimrod - Elgar
Funeral Sentences - Croft
Easter Hymn from Cavalleria rusticana - Mascagni
Laudate Dominum - Mozart
I Know That My Redeemer Liveth - Handel
Nunc Dimittis in G - Stanford
Toccata from Symphony 5 in F - Widor
There Is A Green Hill Far Away
O God, Our Help In Ages Past
Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeemer