St Bride's: News - Duncan Innes Memorial

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St Bride's: News

Duncan Innes Memorial

Duncan Innes Memorial

Duncan John Faraday Innes
28th June 1955 – 8th February 2015

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On Thursday, 19th November, 2016 at 11:30am a service of thanksgiving and celebration for the life of Duncan John Faraday Innes 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 Duncan Innes - a man who was much loved, and who will be greatly missed by all who knew him.  Saying a final farewell to a person who has been close to us is always hard: in Duncan's case it is the harder because his death was so untimely, and because he still had so much to live for.  But our task this morning is above all to give thanks.  To give for Duncan'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.



David Innes

Alan John and Robert Windmill


James Innes (in English) and Robert de Moraes Dantas Filho (in Spanish) read John 14: 1 - 6

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

Charlotte Lloyd Webber read Do not stand at my grave and weep by Mary Elizabeth Fry

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Do not stand at my grave and weep;
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.

When you awaken in the morning’s hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night,
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die.

Vera Innes, with Katharine, James and Charles Innes read BecauseI love you so by Anon

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Time will not dim the face I love,
The voice I heard each day,
The many things you did for me,
In your own special way.
All my life I’ll miss you,
As the years come and go,
But in my heart I’ll keep you,
Because I love you so.


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

O taste and see - Vaughan Williams

In paradisum from Requiem - Fauré

Ave Maria - Bach, arr. Gounod

Mr Tambourine Man - Dylan arr. Jordan & Buckley

Dream a little dream of me - Andre, Schwandt & Kahn arr. Jones

The girl from Ipanema - Jobim


Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeember

Lord Of All Hopefulness

Mine Eyes Have Seen The Glory

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