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Christopher Woodbridge Memorial

Christopher Woodbridge
1939 - 2011

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On Thursday 10th November 2011 at 12 noon a service of thanksgiving for the life of Christopher Woodbridge was held at St Bride's Church, Fleet Street.


The Venerable David Meara delivered the Bidding:

We gather today to celebrate the life and to honour the memory of Christopher Woodbridge, Senior Partner of Farebrother, who guided the firm through good and bad times, who celebrated 50 years in the property world, and who was a fund of knowledge, wisdom and support to his colleagues in the firm.

We remember a sensitive and sociable man, a traditionalist who loved music and art and especially Venice, and who had a passion for sport, especially rugby and cricket.

As we give thanks for his life today, and for the privilege of having known him, we commend him to the love and mercy of our heavenly Father, praying that at the end of our brief day is the eternity of God's love.



Steve Smith

Joanna Woodbridge


Victoria Heath read Death Be Not Proud by John Donne

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Death, be not proud, though some have called thee
Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so;
For those whom thou think'st thou dost overthrow,
Die not, poor Death, nor yet canst thou kill me.
From rest and sleep, which but thy pictures be,
Much pleasure; then from thee much more must flow,
And soonest our best men with thee do go,
Rest of their bones, and soul's delivery.
Thou art slave to fate, chance, kings, and desperate men,
And dost with poison, war, and sickness dwell;
And poppy or charms can make us sleep as well
And better than thy stroke; why swell'st thou then?
One short sleep past, we wake eternally,
And death shall be no more; Death, thou shalt die.

Alistair Subba Row read Revelation 21, v. 1-7

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 1And 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.

 2And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

 3And 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.

 4And 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.

 5And 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.

 6And 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.

 7He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

Sarah Iles read John 14, v. 1-6

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1Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.

 2In 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.

 3And 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.

 4And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.

 5Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?

 6Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.


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

In Paradisum - from Requiem, Fauré
Zueignung - Richard Strauss, performed by Joanna Woodbridge
Panis Angelicus - Frank, arr. Gant
For The Beauty Of The Earth - Rutter
Swing Low, Sweet Chariot - Trad. arr. Jones
Organ Symphony - Saints-Saën


Immortal, Invisible
Lord Of All Hopefulness
Thine Be The Glory


As long as I can I will look at this world for both of us.
As long as I can I will laugh with the birds, I will sing
with the flowers, I will pray to the stars, for both of us.

As long as I can remember how many things on this
earth were your joy. And I will live as well as
you would want me to live.

As long as I can.

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