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Saying goodbye to Lord Carrington

On behalf of his friends in the Cancer Care and Haematology Unit, and the many local people who benefitted from his loyal support over the years as our patron,  last Thursday we attended  Lord Carrington’s memorial service at Westminster Abbey. The freezing cold day contrasted with the warmth of feeling towards him from the capacity congregation. His remarkable life was outlined, and amusing tales of time spent at the highest political level retold in his own words. Fittingly for a man who loved it so much, the music was glorious- performed by the organist and choir of the Abbey, the band of the Coldstream Guards and singers from Garsington Opera. It is difficult to imagine a fuller life lived or someone who survived in a political world with so few harsh words said against him.

And thank you Lord Carrington for your long term support, from all those who you helped here in the area which you loved and where you lived for so long.

 

From the service, read by Virginia Carrington

“The man is a success who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much; who has gained the respect of intelligent men and the love of children; who has filled his niche and accomplished his task; who leaves the world better than he found it, whether by an improved poppy, a perfect poem, or a rescued soul; who never lacked appreciation of earth’s beauty or failed to express it; who looked for the best in others and gave the best he had.”  Robert Louis Stevenson

Written by on 04.02.19

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