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Funeral - Bill La Pêche PDF
Thursday, 26 November 2009 00:00
 

Lapida

Our friend and neighbour Bill La Pêche died suddenly and unexpectedly in the early hours of Tuesday morning and his body was placed in a niche in Montejaque cemetery yesterday afternoon.

On a bright and sunny late afternoon, there was a short lay ceremony with two readings, in English and in Spanish.

Do not stand at my grave and weep by Mary Elizabeth Frye

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.

The Child’s Prayer

Now I lay me down to sleep
I pray Thee, Lord, my soul to keep.
If I should die before I wake,
I pray There, Lord, my soul to take.

After the ceremony, the assembled mourners, representing six nationalities, watched fascinated as men from the village carried the coffin from the Chapel of Rest and inserted it in the niche before local bricklayer Pepe cemented in a temporary panel with “William” written on it. Bill’s widow, Jill, placed her heart of flowers before it and the other flowers were arranged on the ground adjacent.

Then we all dispersed to the Hotel El Elefante Amarillo in the village square for a drink in Bill's honour, before the family and close friends repaired to one of the houses to share the soup that had been prepared earlier in the day.

And then to bed and our own private memories of a man who will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

 

Paul Whitelock

Paul is a Joint Honours graduate in Spanish and German, a qualified teacher (PGCE) and has a Member of the Institute of Linguists (MIL) qualification.

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