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John Buckingham D.Phil
21st March 1943 - 28th August 2015
On Wednesday, 4th November, 2016 at 11:30am a service of thanksgiving and celebration for the life of John Buckingham was held at St Bride's Church, Fleet Street.
The Revd Canon Dr Alison Joyce delivered the bidding:-
We are here to celebrate the life and to honour the memory of John Buckingham - a man who was much loved, and who will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Saying a final farewell to someone who has been close to us is always hard. But our task today is above all to give thanks. To give thanks for John's life; for all that he has meant to us; and for all that he was.
We begin with an opening prayer by the priest and poet John Donne. Let us pray.
Bring us, O Lord, at our last awakening
Into the house and gate of heaven,
To enter into that gate and dwell in that house
Where shall be no darkness nor dazzling, but one equal light;
No noise nor silence, but one equal music;
No fears nor hopes, but one equal possession:
No ends nor beginnings, but one equal eternity
In the habitations of your glory and dominion,
World without end.
Florence Crawshaw 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.
Gus Crawshaw read Sonnet LI by Edna St Vincent Millay
If in the years to come you should recall,
When faint in heart or fallen on hungry days,
Or full of griefs and little if at all
From them distracted by delights or praise;
When failing powers or good opinion lost
Have bowed your neck, should you recall to mind
How of all men I honoured you the most,
Holding your noblest among mortal-kind:
Might not my love — although the curving blade
From whose wide mowing none may hope to hide,
Me long ago below the frosts had laid —
Restore you somewhat to your former pride?
Indeed I think this memory, even then,
Must raise you high among the run of men.
Katherine Buckingham read Extract from Chasing the Molecule by John Buckingham
The choir & organist of St Bride's performed the following anthems and songs:-
Psalm 121 - Walford Davies
Lachrymosa from Requiem - Mozart
Ah! Ah! Quanto cièlo! Quanto mar! from Madame Butterfly - Puccini
The Elements - Tom Lehrer
If I Didn't Care - Lawrence arr. Morley
The Lord's My Shepherd
Lord Of All Hopefulness
Dear Lord And Father Of Mankind