Dick Hatch, an enthusiastic member of St Chrysostom’s, died on 20th April. His funeral was in Church on Monday 30th April, and on Tuesday 8th we had a Requiem mass.
At St Chrysostom’s we thank God for Dick’s energy and enthusiasm for our Church. He was himself a priest but became disillusioned with the hierarchy of the church and later worked in public relations. He returned to public worship at St Chrysostom’s, where Gill, his wife was worshipping. He loved our church, and its people, and gave a great deal to it. He worked hard on the grounds outside the church, where Gill’s ashes are buried. He welcomed new people – especially young adults new to our area. He encouraged the music of the church and began Party Pieces concerts, in which church members and their friends performed music or did readings to the best of their ability. We’re holding such a concert as a memorial to Dick on Thursday 24th May at 7.30pm at Church.
The worship we had in memory of Dick had sadness, as well as celebration. Elizabeth, Juliet and Veronica, Dick’s daughters, arranged a lovely funeral with a special touch at the end, instead of the usual dark hearse, something more in keeping with Dick.
We have placed a bench outside church in memory of Dick and Gill, a welcome resting place at the church door.