Farewell to Leon
know Leon that well. He was Joan's (previously Garrett) husband and on
his occasional visits to AQSC it was obvious that he made her very
happy. I knew he was a doctor, a swimmer and was well respected in
rugby circles. I was therefore totally unprepared for the size of
congregation and depth of their affection at his 'Celebration of Life'
service held at St. Augustine of Canterbury, Whitton on Thursday 11
Many members of Leon's family either gave readings or
spoke about his life. Colleagues from his practice and friends from
both his swimming and rugby connections related both moving and often
very funny anecdotes about his unique way of referring to things and
about varying incidents that had happened during his illustrious career.
Funerals are at best sad and sometimes awkward events but Leon's was
truly a celebration of his life. I have rarely heard congregations
spontaneously burst into laughter but some of Leon's activities,
related by his family and friends achieved just that. I think we all
left St.Augustine's a little happier than when we arrived.
Leon's after service reception was held at RFU Twickenham in the ERIC room.
I'll miss Leon he was an interesting chap to talk to
and always had a story to tell. Our love and support goes to Joan with
the hope that in time she will overcome her grief. When that time comes
Joan, Aquarius is waiting to welcome you back.