We gather today to celebrate the life and honour the memory of Dick Fyjis-Walker, unflappable diplomat, who tried his hand at merchant banking before joining the Foreign Service and serving in Ankara, Washington, Khartoum and Pakistan. On retirement he became Chairman of the Commonwealth Institute during an exceptionally challenging period, and was always ready to proffer incisive advice about political strategy within the countries he knew well, especially Afghanistan.
He was to find in Gaby a loving and elegant partner and together they made a formidable and very sociable team. We remember today a man of warmth and sensitivity, with an incisive mind, and a strong sense of the humorous and absurd in human life. He had a gift for friendship and a quiet and critical faith that sustained him over the years. He was a loyal and much loved member of this church, and we, along with you his family and friends, continue to miss him greatly.
As today we give thanks for Dick’s combination of warmth, unflappability, shrewdness and charm that made him such a special person, we commend him to God, trusting that at the end of our brief day is the eternity of God’s love.