The Celebration and Service of Thanksgiving

PUBLISHED: 15:51 06 October 2006 | UPDATED: 11:00 06 May 2010

For the life of Cyril Robert White was held last Thursday at St Michael s Church, with a packed congregation all wishing to honour his memory. Honoured by the Shefford Royal British Legion and the Burma Star Association flags and members, the service was

For the life of Cyril Robert White was held last Thursday at St Michael's Church, with a packed congregation all wishing to honour his memory. Honoured by the Shefford Royal British Legion and the Burma Star Association flags and members, the service was led by the Rev John Harper and Lay Minister Jenny Dann. Abide with me was the entrance music, with Rev John Harper welcoming all and reading the scriptures, with the 23rd Psalm as the opening Hymn. St Paul's 1st Corinthians letter, 1 to 13, was read by Jenny Dann, who also paid a glowing tribute to Cyril, who unselfishly cared for and loved his family and friends and served his country with distinction. Serving in the Inphal battle, where they were surrounded by the Japanese Army in WW2 on his 21st Birthday. A peace loving man who had to fight he was demobbed in 1947. Cyril, dynamic and positive all his creative life, retired in 1988. He embraced many facets of family and community life, with his wife Audrey, becoming a great force for positive good in the area, despite his many health problems. Jim Reeves singing My Cathedral was heard, with John Harper leading Prayers, the Prayer of Commendation and the silent reflection. The Blessing was followed by the Hymn, Immortal, Invisible God Only Wise and the recessional, All things Bright and Beautiful. Interment followed at the Shefford Cemetery. The vast gathering joined together again afterwards, at the Scout Headquarters, lingering into the evening with happy memories of Cyril. Audrey said that she cannot thank people enough, the response to Cyril going was overwhelming and she has received over 90 letters and cards from well-wishers, there was no one like Cyril and she loves Shefford because that is where she met the love of her life.


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