In loving memory of Paul Hammond who sadly passed away on 14th August 2022
Dad was enjoying life to the fullest, although he had a complex medical condition he was determined to live as independently as he was able to, so it is with a deep sense of shock that we find ourselves organising his funeral so soon – his passing was unexpected.
Details of the funeral are provided below and we welcome everyone to attend. It would help enormously if you could click the RSVP button. Please feel welcome to leave a personal tribute.
Katie & Matt
The funeral service will be held at 2pm on Friday 16th September at St Mary with St Alban Church, Teddington
Directions for those who are attending are provided below. The church service will be webcast live and details of how to access this will be provided below.
At our Mum’s funeral it meant so much to see people gather along the roadside at a time when funerals were restricted due to the pandemic. We’d love for Dad to be joined also on his journey to the church.
Where to Gather
Procession leaving King Edwards Grove 1.40pm
The hearse will be leaving the family home around 1.40pm and make a slow procession to Kingston Road.
At the Landmark Centre around 1.45pm
The hearse will be led by Revd Joe and Revd Caroline to St Mary with St Alban, please feel welcome to gather along the pavement, the team from White Rose will be there to help.
Following the church service, please feel welcome to join the Committal at Mortlake if you wish.
Dad loved the colour orange so please feel welcome to wear or add a splash of colour.
The Wake will take place at the Teddington Town Sports Club, details below.
It would be most helpful if you could click the RSVP button and respond.
WATCH THE LIVE WEBCAST ON THE DAY
HOW TO GET THERE
FUNERAL SERVICE 2pm
St Mary with St Alban Church
Corner of Twickenham Road & Ferry Road
Note: Please remember there are no toilets in the church! You are best to nip into either of the local pubs or cafe bars, so please give yourself time!
The Church is located opposite The Landmark Centre at the corner of Twickenham Road & Ferry Road, off the A310 Manor Road / Kingston Road.
Parking may be found on Twickenham Road (TW11 8AG) or along Kingston Road.
The R68, 281 and 285 buses all stop at the TEDDINGTON LOCK bus stop which is opposite the church.
From London/Richmond: London overground trains and district line tube both come to Richmond Station, from outside the station you can take the R68 bus.
From London/Kingston: SW Trains come to Kingston, from outside the station you can take the 281 or 285 bus.
From London/Teddington: SW Trains come to Teddington station, from there it is a 15 minute walk along the high street to the church.
Kew Meadow Path
Turn into Townmead Road off the A205 Mortlake Road. At the mini-roundabout, turn right into Kew Meadow Path. Go through the gates and park in the car park on the left hand side.
The crematorium building will be in front of you, if you walk under the left archway, there is a Waiting Room on the right hand corner.
Loos are opposite the waiting room. The ladies are in the small room on the left, the gents doorway is a little further along from this room.
We will be looking out for you and will come to gather you all at the required time.
FUNERAL RECEPTION 4.30pm
Teddington Town Sports Club
Dora Jordan Road
The Teddington Town Sports Club, overlooking Bushy Park, is located near the NPL in Teddington.
Head for Queens Road (B358) which runs from Hampton Road (A313) / Broad Street Teddington towards Bushy Park, then follow these directions:
(1) Turn off Queens Road (by pedestrian crossing) opposite Park Lane (looks like you are entering NPL).
(2) Take the second exit at the mini roundabout, Bushy Road, signposted Rugby & Cricket clubs then turn right onto Dora Jordan Road again signposted Rugby & Cricket Clubs.
(3) Park at the far end of the Clapperstile car park, enter Bushy Park through the Coleshill Road gate and the rugby club is in the right
Family flowers only please. In lieu of flowers we are raising money for two charities close to Paul’s heart, the first is Princess Alice Hospice who gave our Dad and family bereavement support. The second charity is the MSA trust who supported Paul through his diagnosis, finding physical and emotional support. Please click the link below for more details.
Dearest Paul, you were a wonderful brother-in-law and uncle. I will always remember your wicked sense of humour, laughter and joking around the Christmas table and your kindness and welcoming nature.
We love you and we miss you dearly, Katriona, Toby and Ruby
You were an inspiration dealing with all life threw at you with unfailing charm and good humour
I hope you knew just how loved you were and hope you and Esther are sharing a bench as we will sit at yours
We met Paul in 1976 on the architecture course at Kingston Poly.
We hung out together in the design studio, camping on field trips, making pancakes on Shrove Tuesday and narrow boating on the canals. We had a lot of fun.
Paul was always kind, funny and a good friend, and we are very sad that he is no longer with us.
Niki & Liz
Niki & Liz Borowiecki
Paul was the kindest sweetest man in the world, I knew him through marriage to Esters Brother, Roger, he remained a close loving part of my family, a friendship that did not waiver even when our family split he kept being a brother in law to me and he was an act that cannot be followed …
I met Paul just over 17 years ago and we hit it off from the start – he was funny, kind and generous and we became great friends.
When we started our business together, Citygreen, we not only worked hard, but we had a great adventure and loved nothing more than a planning session over lunch! All those who worked with us and joined us for the journey have all gone on to brilliant careers, what an amazing legacy to leave.
When Paul and I had to close Citygreen, I am proud to say that we remained best of friends and supported each other through a difficult time . Paul was a man of great integrity, honesty and a true gentleman. And that is how he will live on in my heart, and in my thoughts.
My love is with Katie, Matt and all of Paul’s family at such a terrible time. I am only sorry that I cannot be there to give my love in person and whilst I am abroad, my heart shall be with you all.
I knew Paul from Swansea, and since I can’t make it to the funeral, paid my respects in what felt like an appropriate way by the sea today. I always think of him – and Esther – as ‘long lost’ relatives of some kind – such a lovely flowing easy connection, so much kindness. I loved Paul’s spirit of positivity right until the end.
I was thinking about this poem as I sent a paper boat out to sea by the lighthouse this morning, feeling sure that Esther’s voice is among the ones shouting welcome…
I am standing upon the seashore. A ship, at my side,
spreads her white sails to the moving breeze and starts
for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength.
I stand and watch her until, at length, she hangs like a speck
of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other.
Then, someone at my side says, “There, she is gone”
Gone from my sight. That is all. She is just as large in mast,
hull and spar as she was when she left my side.
And, she is just as able to bear her load of living freight to her destined port.
Her diminished size is in me — not in her.
And, just at the moment when someone says, “There, she is gone,”
there are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices
ready to take up the glad shout, “Here she comes!”
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