St Agatha’s Church overflowing with garden flowers and silent people spoke volumes on that sad day. There was no need to talk - we were there to support Jen and her family and to show how much Martin was respected and loved by us all.
Following the beautiful Thanksgiving Service, the Church bells rang joyfully, solidly and poignantly highlighting the place where Martin worshipped, did part-time ‘vicaring’ and was a member of the garden gang – or ‘likely lads’ as they were often called.
The loss of Martin leaves a huge gap in our village community - he instilled confidence in people and provided support in a very quiet and thoughtful way. To say he was always available to help regardless of people or project would be an understatement.
Whether as a member of our walking group, Trustee of the Village Hall, Church Building Committee, Stores helper, craftsman, handyman or artist – it would be impossible to paint a picture that fully embraces his involvement and interests in Brightwell-cum-Sotwell.
On the practical front, if you asked Martin for a technical opinion - you often received a drawing. On the other-hand, if drawings or plans were requested – he usually ended up making the thing! Look no further than refurbishment work in the village hall or the blue ‘extension fund-raising thermometer’ that we all see by the Church gates.
Martin was a loyal friend, a good listener, a ‘gent’ - but always very much his own man with an opinion to be respected. Indeed, he was famous for an ability to level the pompous or summarise a committee meeting with his mischievous and succinct comments!
To Jen, Peter, Jeremy and Judy, their families and close relations, we can only give our heartfelt sympathy, support and ongoing friendship. Martin was held in high regard by everyone and he was an immensely important and integral part of our village and Church community life.
Martin will be sorely missed, but we are so much richer for having the privilege of knowing him.
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