In loving memory of Christine who sadly passed away on 2nd March
While Christine had been fighting cancer for the last year, her death was sudden and unexpected. Her life ended too soon, with too many adventures still to be had, too much life left unlived. It has been hard for us to take in. Planning her funeral is not what we as a family expected to be doing.
Christine loved life and we plan for her funeral to be a celebration of her life as much as a commemoration of her death. Details of the funeral, reception and burial are provided below.
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The funeral service will start at 10.30am on Tuesday 26th April at Pembroke Lodge.
Pembroke Lodge is set in the grounds of Richmond Park, a Royal Park of outstanding beauty that we loved when we lived just down the hill in Richmond.
It felt fitting to have Christine’s funeral service in Richmond, a place so dear to us both. A place where we shared so many happy times together, including planning our wedding.
The reception will immediately follow the service in the same room until around 1.15pm when we will all leave for Richmond Cemetery for the burial.
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HOW TO GET THERE
Pembroke Lodge is located within Richmond Park close to the Richmond gate entrance. There is plenty of free parking. The Belvedere is located on the ground floor with disabled access.
You can park in the Pembroke Lodge car park, or take the small slip road before the main car park, and you will see a small overflow car park to the left.
Due to the deer and other wildlife, please take extreme care whilst driving in the park.
Kings Ride Gate
Directions – approx 10 mins:
Turning left outside of Pembroke Lodge and drive to the main gates at the Richmond Exit.
When you drive out of Richmond Park, turn right and then right again at the mini roundabout onto Queens Road. Follow Queens Road down the hill and at the bottom at the traffic lights turn right onto Sheen Road A305. Kings Ride Gate will be on the right hand side. Drive down this lane to the very end and you will see the main cemetery gates ahead of you.
Parking at the cemetery is alongside the grass verges, you can follow the hearse to as near the graveside as possible.
DONATIONS & FLOWERS
Christine adored flowers. She spent countless hours planning the landscaping of our garden and she had recently taken up flower arranging.
If you would like to send flowers, a recommended local independent florist is Leonoor from Rose & Mary – she will arrange direct delivery to the funeral directors or Pembroke Lodge. Her number is 07958 293130 see website
With it being spring, feel free to bring flowers picked from your own garden, which Christine would have loved.
We are also raising money for Marie Curie cancer care and we would welcome any donation in Christine’s memory.
Christine, a loving wife to Mark and mother to Euan , a beautiful soul so kind and funny , always made you feel special in her company, so warm and loving, a very beautiful lady with her long dark wavy hair , Christine a wonderful woman and a privilege too know , I will miss you greatly we all will xx
Auntie Barb xxx
Dear Christine , you were taken too soon and you will be sorely missed around school. I will miss your sweet Scottish voice and helpful nature to both staff and children My heart goes out to all your family xx
Our darling Christine was such a lovely young lady. A genuinely good person who was so kind, loving and caring. Christine had a vibrant personality and was incredibly talented and so full of life. Her accomplishments were many from languages to music and teaching-she was also a fabulous party planner. Christine excelled in them all but mostly she excelled in being such a loving wife to my son Mark – what a lovely team they made. Their happiness was made complete when they had their beautiful son Euan, my precious grandson. Although Christine’s life was so cruelly cut short, I’m thankful that prior to her illness, the life she lived with Mark and Euan was full of joy and love and laughter and so many fun family adventures – the memories of which I know Mark and Euan will treasure forever. My darling girl your life was a gift to all who knew you. I will carry the memories I have of you safely in my heart. I love you sweet girl and will miss you always. Lesley xxx
Christine was a dear friend to so many. It is nothing short of a tragedy that she has been taken from us so young. She will be missed dearly by us all.
A fantastic teacher, an incredible friend and an inspirational person. She had a huge heart and made room for everyone in it 🥲
She taught me the importance of always being positive and looking for the best in circumstances, in people, in life, and I’ll always remember that.
Some of my earliest memories are of Mark and Christine. Christine was the most gentle and caring soul, I absolutely adored her. From her long curls and beautiful smile, I used to love sitting on her shoulders on the sofa and playing with her hair when she came to visit with Mark. Always so welcoming and caring..these are the memories I will hold dear forever. Thinking of Mark, Euan and family at this sad time. A life taken too soon but may she rest in perfect peace.
Christine my lovely friend, it still so hard to believe we’ll never catch up again. You were a friend that I ALWAYS looked forward to seeing no matter how long we left it with our busy family lives in different countries. I was thinking why that was and realised it was for so many reasons.
You were such wonderful company; so easy going and warm, always keen to ask how I was doing, how Nou and Tilde were doing, deflecting the attention from you. You were such a laugh; those incredible blue eyes of yours taking on a cheeky glint and your red neck after a glass of wine! You were so dam generous of nature, catering for our needs ALWAYS before yours, I don’t think you ever sat down to a meal you had prepared for us while your portion was still hot! You had so many strings to your bow, so many talents yet you were NEVER boastful. You were such a wonderful researcher and organiser no-one better, you always found the quirky and memorable experiences on our weekends away and I loved that. You were the kind of friend you WANTED to be sat next to at a dinner party table, every time.
I will miss so much about you, I’m in floods typing this!! It sounds weird but the smell of your hair, not just the look of those luscious curls! Your gorgeous soft Scottish accent, I still start sentences with ‘Will we do this/that/the other?’ because I loved how that sounded from you. And just the chance to catch up, chew the fat, be open, honest and giggly with a girl that happened to marry my very good friend Mark.
Rest in peace my luv, you will NEVER be forgotten xx
Christine was a great friend to us all and one of the first people we met when we moved to Belgium. We will never forget her warm heart, her unconditional friendship and support, and her legendary Halloween Parties.
Sending all our love to Mark and Euan.
Jo, Phil, Patrick and Sophie Brain. xxxx
Christine, the most adored lady I have ever met. You were always there for everyone. Loved by all that met you. It was a pleasure to get to know you and work alongside you. My thoughts and prayers are with your family, Mark and Euan. With love to you always.
I worked alongside Christine during her time at ABRSM. She was a kind, considerate and very capable colleague. She is greatly missed. RIP.
I first met Christine when Euan was in my Y2 class. I remember she volunteered to read a traditional Scottish tale during International Week. I was at the ready to jump in and help out if need be…little did I know then how capable she was! It was always a pleasure to bump into her at school – she was so joyful and full of life. My thoughts are with you, Mark and Euan.
Christine, you were a woman who had time and love for anyone and everyone. A bottomless pot of positivity, generous and a true giggle to be around. Glad to have the memories of you, sad we won’t get anymore. xx
My dearest, beautiful Christine. I have missed you every day since we left Belgium – especially our Christine’s magical mystery tours!! Your heart the size of the universe, your kindness that would crush a tank and just you being there at every moment to sweep me up. I can still hear your beautiful Scottish voice “oh Hels don’t worry. It’ll all be fine”. Always positive and always my shoulder to cry on.
Rest well my beautiful lady. I am so privileged to have had you in my life. You have and always will be in my thoughts and forever in my heart xx (ps. Sorry about the photo Christine. But it makes me giggle every time!)
What a pleasure it was to work and spend time with you. You always had time for a wee chat and I will always remember the laughs we had together. Thank you for giving your time so generously and helping me out when I needed it. Rest in peace lovely lady.