It takes character to make arrangements such that the pall-bearers of your coffin come into the church at your funeral accompanied by the cheeky singing of Eric Idle, but Peter Clarke – late director and partner of Torquay International School - had a real fun-loving side and must have enjoyed the prospect. He planned, we were told, every detail of his own funeral, an event attended by hundreds. Hundreds filled the church at Tamerton Foliot on Monday, and those who arrived less than 30 minutes before the service began found the pews packed, and stood. Family and friends paid tribute, his gifted children played music, the congregation laughed, wept, reflected, sang, prayed and gave thanks.
The turnout marked the passing, and celebrated the life, of a good man, a good friend, much befriended and much loved. Just as we were all struck by Peter’s brave and cheerful character as he battled with cancer, now we were struck by the brave and cheerful character of his loved ones, and all those close to him.
A fine man. A very fine man.