Church of England Diocese of Rochester Westerham

A Message about Reverend Andrew

4 Feb 2019, 12:30 a.m.

Andrew’s final message…16th January 2019

My very dear friends, it's very improbable that I shall still be alive when you read these words, these words which I am dictating to my dearest sister Rosalind. All I can really say is that I have found this period of my life a very emotional and really quite wonderful experience for several reasons.

Firstly to realise your love and friendship which has shown itself in so many ways over the last two years and has not stopped.

Secondly I have found it very difficult to understand this kindness where I only tried to do what others have so kindly done for me. For all those, over all of my life, who have cared for me. I want to thank all those who have looked after me. Our local surgery, especially Dr. Skinner. The Doctors, Nurses and Carers at all the Hospitals that have cared for me. I must remember the Royal Hospital in Putney all the staff of the Hospital particularly Justin Finbow, who will tell you all about what goes on if you come to the funeral!

Finally if you bothered to read this far you'll think it rather odd that I have not mentioned God.

St. John tells us in the beginning there's God and that without him not one thing came into being.

What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. (John 1.2-5 paraphrased)

To hear the rest come and hear my funeral service!

My love and every blessing until we meet in eternity, Andrew.

Andrew's funeral will take place on Saturday March 9th at 11.30am. It will be a Funeral Service within a celebration of Holy Communion. 

Andrew also requested no flowers, please, but rather donations to St Mary's Church.