John Sadler Memorial

John Sadler

21st June 1940 - 19th May 2015

On Thursday 10th September, 2015, at 11:30am a service of thanksgiving and celebration for the life of John Sadler, sports journalist, was held at St Bride’s Church, Fleet Street.
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The Revd Canon Dr Alison Joyce delivered the bidding:

We are here to honour the memory and to celebrate the life of John Sadler – one of the outstanding sports journalists of his generation (‘The man who [gave] it to you straight!’).

John was a man who was much loved and respected, and who will be greatly missed by all who knew him.  John cared passionately about his sport, his writing, and above all his family.

And so we gather here today to give thanks for everything that made him the unique and very special person that he was.



Colin Hart

Roger Greenacre


Adam Sadler 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.

And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

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.

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.

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.

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.

He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

Stan Piecha read In John’s Words

Emmie Archer read For Dad by Emmie Archer


The choir & organist of St Bride’s performed the following anthems and songs:

Sanctus from Requiem – Fauré

Faire is the Heaven – Harris

The flower duet – Delibes

Be-Bop-A-Lula – Vincent arr. Jones


All things bright and beautiful

Lord of all hopefulness



congregation sitting for service


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