Revd John Chandler writes...
lt was a privilege for me to take Peters funeral on 29th May -
a day none of us wanted to arrive, of course Peter was so much a part
of life in Mount Bures, was a good friend to many and was tireless in
his work in the Churchyard.
Its clear that his family and friends loved him dearly, as much
as he loved them, and we will all miss him so much.
These few words can't do justice to a life of 83 years, but it's good
to recall the important stages of his life, as well as our personal
He was born in Ardleigh in 1930, and moved to Lexden then Rowhedge.
He did National Service in the RAF as an engineer, and worked at Rowhedge
Ironworks (the Shipyard), where amongst many tasks he helped to convert
lt just so happens that my Uncle, Revd John Best, was Rector in Rowhedge
then, and used to launch the ships onto the Colne - so he would have
Peter met and married Olive; they had five children, and the family
has grown to six grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
The garden we
see today is a tribute to Olive and Peter
There was much sadness in his life; there
are several members of his family in our Churchyard including Olive
of course, but Peter was always encouraging, gentle and content,
He was a true country person, for whom
Mount Bures was quite enough ofthe world to live in and to love - and
Mount Bures loved him too,
Link to Olives Garden photographic album