It was St David’s Day. Daffodils abounded everywhere. The packed St Mary’s Church, Rhuddlan bathed in Spring sunshine. We had gathered to celebrate the life of Derek Jones.
The service started with a choral recording of ‘What a Wonderful World.’
Despite the sadness this set the tone for an uplifting service, led by Father Andrew Miller.
The congregational hymn ‘All Things Bright and Beautiful’ extended the sentiments.
Father Andrew said that Derek and Val met at a football match in Rhyl.
They married in 1967 and travelled extensively both abroad and in the UK.
One of their main hobbies was hill and mountain walking. Both experienced walking group leaders. Their fitness was also maintained in Karate classes at which they both excelled.
Val showed her strength and love for Derek in reading a tender and touching poem. It poignantly described how Derek’s suffering was now at an end.
Derek Jones and a Love of Singing
Derek was a proud member of the Denbigh and District Male Voice Choir. Illness prevented him from being able to continue.
Derek Jones loved singing. It was most appropriate that Val’s brother, Alun Rhys Jones, was able to pay a musical tribute.
To his guitar accompaniment he sang John Denver’s ‘Perhaps Love.’
The lyrics were so comforting. A memorable performance.
The congregation sang the perennial Welsh favourite ‘Calon Lan.’
A song so apposite on any occasion.
The procession left the church to “Time to Say Goodbye” by Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman.
The Denbigh and District Male Voice Choir will take part in ‘A Concert for Derek’ at St. Mary’s Church, Rhuddlan on Friday, May 20, 2016. Alun Rhys Jones will also be taking part.
The proceeds will be in aid of Dementia Research.