Chapter 15: “…And a funeral”

In his wedding speech, Nigel joked about a movie being made of his final years: ‘One wedding and a funeral’.

Just a few days after getting married, Nigel was admitted to St Luke’s Hospice in Plymouth. The care they provided was, in Nigel’s own words, incredible.

On the 10th July, Nigel passed away there, with Mandy at his bedside.

Nige was very organised about his affairs, and sent friends and family detailed requests for his funeral arrangements – who was doing what etc.

At the funeral – again at St Petroc’s church – family and friends cast a smile when they saw the brightly-coloured Piet Mondrian casket he requested.

We sang Jerusalem together once again.

Funeral at St Petroc’s Church, South Brent , Wellington Square TQ11 9AG

On Wednesday 1st August 2018 at 2pm

Nigel’s wish was that: ‘Gloominess is to be avoided, no black or dark colours are to be worn. Wear clothes that are most comfortable for you.’

Family flowers only.

Donations are for St Luke’s Church in Buckfastleigh to reflect Nigel’s gratitude and thanks for the pastoral care and support he received from Rev Tom Benson.

A collection box will be at the church or donations can be sent to Heart & Soul Funerals, 18 Dart Mill, Buckfastleigh, TQ11 0NF

There will be an opportunity during the service to share personal thoughts and stories.

On the 3rd August at midday, family and friends met in South Brent to scatter Nigel’s ashes in the river, at Nigel’s favourite spot. 

The flowers from Nigel’s coffin, at the garden at St. Lukes Hospice, where he stayed. Nigel loved the view from here, overlooking Plymouth Hoe.

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