In loving memory of
21.01.1949 - 2.11.2022
Commemorating Chris’ life
Chris was quite decisive about what he would not want for his funeral. So, we are doing things a little differently.
The cremation will be an intimate farewell attended by immediate family only, on Thursday 17th November
Friday 18th November, 1pm – 5pm we have chosen Pembroke Lodge in Richmond Park to hold a service to commemorate Chris’ life, followed by a chance to catch up with friends and enjoy some refreshments.
For how hard this is, we do wish to celebrate Chris and all that he brought to us in life, in this spirit, please wear normal clothes – funeral attire is not necessary!
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.
The Park is closed to traffic at dusk (approx from 4pm) so entry and exit thereafter is via Richmond Gate only, which is manned by Pembroke Lodge staff. Due to the deer and other wildlife, please take extreme care whilst driving in the park.
Travel Disruption, please be aware
A recommendation from White Rose:
Unfortunately we are seeing funerals being disrupted due to the Just Stop Oil protests on the M25. This has resulted in some distance journeys for families and friends being extended by several hours due to the knock-on effects – in some cases missing the funeral.
If you are travelling a distance, we do recommend to arrive the day before to avoid all the stress. There are Travelodges near to Richmond Park (Travelodge Richmond and Travelodge Teddington) and a lovely pub/hotel The White Hart Hotel, Hampton Wick.
For local taxis we recommend Parker Car Service (020 8560 0000), or using Uber.
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Generous to a Fault Chris helped us all in Church Street,
without his support and advice the street would not be the welcome it is today for the community
Farewell Chris , I cherish know you
Chris was a good man, an honourable man, a gentle-man.
You only come across people like Chris once in a lifetime. He was an old school gentleman and it was always a joy to be in his company. He placed huge trust in me and helped me establish myself as an independent IT consultant for which I will be forever grateful. The world will be a much poorer place without you.
RIP my friend.
One of a kind.
Caring, supportive, kind, witty and a sense of mischievous fun. How fortunate I may call you a long lasting cherished friend and mentor.
You will be missed by so many. RIP dear friend.
We first met as 11-year-olds on our first day at Battersea Grammar School in 1960. We quickly became friends and enjoyed rivalry in sport, particularly cross-country running, through to our final year when we respectively became House Captains of two of the school’s six houses. We have subsequently kept in touch throughout our lives.
Chris was a great character in so many ways, always cheerful, quick witted and smiling as well as being one of the most reliable and consistent people I have ever known. I could always rely upon him for encouragement and support, whatever the circumstances.
Although we only met up occasionally in our latter years, he remained a great friend who I will always treasure.
A wonderful man who lit up rooms when he entered them. Great company, great conversationalist. Always made people feel very welcome and comfortable. It is great to have known him and to be able to call him a friend. He will be missed by many, many people.
I knew Chris through the U3A Richmond Maths group. In a group of nice and smart people he was one of the nicest and smartest. His presentations were always a joy and during the pandemic he helped keep the group going by getting us all on Zoom.
He will be greatly missed.
On the morning of 7th July 2005 just after 10.00am my mobile phone rang at work. It was Chris asking if I was safe. My office was close by Aldgate tube station in the East End and the news of the London bombings was just filtering out. This was typical Chris and reflects the kindness and thoughtfulness that many paid tribute to yesterday in the lovely service at Pembroke Lodge.
Sometimes, my cousin showed this thoughtfulness by just ‘turning up’ at particular ‘family moments’ such as when he accompanied my mother and myself to an interview with Wandsworth housing department not long after my father had died, fuĺly suited and booted such that they believed he was our solicitor, or when he arrived one sad morning to help me take our lovely Aunt Bett into a residential home.
More recently my brother and I were so grateful for the diligent and caring way he managed the late estate of our Uncle Charlie and Auntie Ida, both of whom thought so much of Chris and he of course of them.
Chris was often the one who made the catch up phone calls between us happen for which I will always be grateful and whilst I struggle to accept that these will be no more I will do my very best to stay in contact with the lovely family that undoubtedly carries his ‘genius gene’ and all the other genes which made him such an endearing and remarkable person.
Chris, you were my best friend, mentor and ‘partner in crime’ for over 30 years. I will miss your clever mind, your knowledge about so many things and endless supply of fascinating trivia and witty anecdotes, as well as your kindness and generosity. Your passing has left a huge hole in my life but I will forever cherish the memories I have of you. With love, Carolyn Jacks