OBITUARY: Alan Sidney Matthews

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A packed church at St Mary’s Church, Wortham, on Saturday, June 20, were there to celebrate the life of Alan Sidney Matthews who passed away peacefully after a very brave fight on May 15, aged 77.

A dearly loved husband and best friend of Melva and a wonderful dad to Stephen and Joanne, grandad to Poppy, Alfie and Seamus.

Alan loved jazz and classical music and all kinds of wild life, and was also a keen golfer.

Having been in the RAF, he then went into the banking business. Alan and Melva came to live in Wortham in 1985 where he was the bank manager at Barclays Bank in Diss until he retired. He was also associated with The Rotary and the Forty One Club.

A private cremation had already taken place on June 3.

The service started with entry music, All In The April Evening sung by Glasgow Orpheus Choir with the welcome by Richard Hewitt. The poem To Those I Love and Those Who Love Me was read by Jo Gallagher followed by the hymn O God, Our Help in Ages Past.

Lifelong friend Tony Harding gave the first tribute entitled The Early Years followed by music I’ll Remember April by Errol Garner and then the reading Corinthians 13 read by Declan Gallagher.

Family memories were given by Stephen Matthews with music, I’ve Got You Under My Skin, by Frank Sinatra. The second tribute entitled The Inbetween Years was given by Bruce McKenna with music Autumn in New York by the Singers Unlimited and Peter Coster gave the third tribute, The Later Years. The poem, When Life Is Done was read by Emma Matthews with prayers from Graham Reardon, and the hymn Praise my Soul, The King of Heaven was sung.

Blessings were given by Richard Hewitt and Graham Reardon, with the Sound of Music’s song, Climb Every Mountain, as the closing music played by organist David Ivory. The exit music was Smile by Nat King Cole.

Floral arrangements, in Alan’s favourite colours, purple and blue, decorated the church. Donations, if desired in memory of Alan for Cancer Research UK, may be sent c/o Armstrongs Funeral Service, 43 St Andrew’s Street North, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP33 1TH