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THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND DIOCESE OF DURHAM
Funeral Held For ‘Remarkable Man’
The funeral has taken place at All Saints and Salutation Church in Darlington of much-respected organist Emlyn George Warder.
Emlyn, who was 101 and a widower, was a remarkable man; he read the lesson when the Bishop of Durham the Right Revd Justin Welby visited the church for its Patronal service in November 2012, was playing weekly at Cockerton Club until November 2012, played for his last children’s service at the church in November 2012 and his last funeral in December 2012.
The Revd Canon John Dobson, who conducted Emlyn’s funeral service on Friday (Feb 1), said: “This is a man who was born before the Titanic sank and who started driving in 1926. He had organ lessons on Ripon Cathedral organ in the 1930s.
“He has lived a full, contented, fruitful, faithful life and this all gives us more reasons for rejoicing, and also for mourning and being sad.
“ Emlyn was 101 but in 2012 he was still living an amazingly full life and giving more to the life of the church community and the wider community than some people a fraction of his age.
“Music has featured significantly throughout Emlyn’s long life. Through it he has given much pleasure and service. We loved him. He was versatile – playing for different styles of services, with favourites being those for toddlers and children. The Crematorium got the benefit of his talents as well; and over the years he must have played every church organ in the area – he was a founder member of the Darlington and District Organist Association.
“He also set up a dance band at the age of 18 with three friends, and with Emlyn on either the piano or accordion – or both, they would travel miles to social evenings in remote village halls.
“Emlyn also played the organ every Monday evening at Cockerton Club until November.
Emlyn was one in a million. On his100th birthday he played the organ for the Parish Communion. He reckoned that was the most comfortable place for him. Bishop Justin was with us for the first Sunday in November; he was staggered to learn that the chap who had just read the lesson wasn’t in his late 70s as he’d imagined, but 100. He was a remarkable man.”
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