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28th March 1941 - 8th November 2014
On Friday 11th September, 2015, at 11:30am a service of thanksgiving and celebration for the life of Harry Arnold was held at St Bride's Church, Fleet Street.
The Revd Canon Dr Alison Joyce delivered the bidding:-
We are here to honour the memory and to celebrate the life of a remarkable and much respected journalist: Harry Arnold - a highly skilled professional, who was truly a reporter's reporter - but also a much loved husband, father, grandfather, colleague and friend.
Today we give thanks for all that he has meant to us, and rejoice that the world was a richer place for his presence within it, and journalism a richer profession for the contribution he made to it.
Daniel Arnold read If by Rudyard Kipling
If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too:
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise;
If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;
If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim,
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same:.
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build'em up with worn-out tools;
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings,
And never breathe a word about your loss:
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on!"
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings - nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much:
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more - you'll be a Man, my son!
Rebecca Arnold 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.
Katya Arnold read Harry's Final Report by Sir Joseph Williamson Mathematics School, Rochester
The choir & organist of St Bride's performed the following anthems and songs:-
Pie Jesu - Fauré
Danny Boy - trad arr. Chilcott
Ave Maria - Bach / Gounod
You Don't Have To Say You Love Me - Donaggio arr. Jones
True Love - Porter arr. Jones
Lord Of All Hopefulness, Lord Of All Joy
Dear Lord And Father Of Mankind
He Who Would Valiant Be