In Memory of Irene Simkin

Irene Simkin (born Marshall)

April 15, 1927 (Sheffield, England) – May 28, 2017 (Canberra, Australia)

  • Daughter of Lotti & Ernest Marshall;
  • Sister of Margaret, Ernest & Eric;
  • Ex-Wife of Max;
  • Mother of Richard, Mandy, Tim and Toby;
  • Grandmother of Ashley, Troy, Emma & Brett;
  • Godmother to Mandy Vilimaa-White.

Program

Service

Eulogy

Condolences

Photographs

Memorial Service

10:30am, June 2, 2017
The Chapel
101 Nettlefold St
Belconnen ACT 2617 Australia

80th Birthday

Links

Painted by Irene in 1976 aboard SS Mariposa

SPECIAL THANKS

Thanks to the generous donations from Elaine Beaumont, Gloria Marshall, Stella Wizniak and DJ & I,  a 14 month girl named Wei Shunmei from the Miao minority in Guizhou province had much needed open heart surgery on November 27 and has been given new life in my mothers name.

Update from Heart to Heart Shanghai

Photos and video received from the grateful father of Wei Shunmei to show how she is stronger every day, and has new life thanks to generosity of donors to the “In Memory of Irene Simkin Fund”.

Memorial Service Key Video

Funeral of Irene Simkin - Abide With Me - Reflection during the service
Funeral of Irene Simkin - Abide With Me - Reflection during the service

Abide With Me:  Featuring a rough timeline in photography of Mum’s life, set to a special mix of “Nimrod” Variation IX (Adagio) the 9th variation on the 1899 Enigma Variations (performed by The London Symphony Orchestra) c. Edward Elgar; and “Abide With Me” is a hymn by Scottish Anglican Henry Francis Lyte, composed by William Henry Monk, performed by Emeli Sandé. Lyte was dying of tuberculosis as he wrote it which celebrates human endeavour with a reminder that we need God’s help and comfort.

Full Service Video

Complete memorial service for Irene Simkin, from June 2, 2017
Complete memorial service for Irene Simkin, from June 2, 2017

Video of the complete memorial service for Irene Simkin, from June 2, 2017 at The Chapel, ACT, Australia. Led by Duntroon Military Chaplain, the Reverend Peter Rose, OAM, with an audience of approximately 50 close family and friends.

[We apologize for the audio quality of the service video , this was from our “backup” video. The primary video unfortunately was not saved at the Chapel, since the grossly inefficient Tobin Brothers staff at Belconnen Chapel did not save the video to disc. As a result, the primary video has been lost forever. Therefore, this backup video I decided to shoot anticipating problems with Tobin Brothers is all that remains. With special thanks to Andrew Dell for setting up and operating my GoPro camera. I used a parabolic equalizer to improve the audio quality as best as I could.]

Videos & Music used in the Memorial Service:

Pre Service Arrivals

Entry Music (sequence) – The Funeral Hymn “/ “Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika” (1978 film “Cry Freedom”) c. George Fenton, Jonas Gwangwa and Thuli Dumakude [in tribute to her South African family members]; “Ave Maria” (Peter Jobach) c. Franz Schubert; “Panis Angelicus” (Choir) c. César Franck; “Our God, Our Help in Ages Past” (King’s College Choir Cambridge) c. William Croft & Isaac Watts [in rememberance of her attending the funeral of Sir Sir Winston Churchill in 1965]; “Even Though You’re Gone” (Angelis); “You’ll Never Walk Alone” (Broadway’s “Carousel”, performed by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir) c. Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein [representing her love of musical theatre, and particularly this song]; “Crimond / Psalm 23”: “The Lord Is My Shepherd” (Choirboys: Patrick Aspbury, Ben Inman & CJ Porter-Thaw) c. Jessie Seymour Irvine; “Ave Maria” (Petter Bjallo) c. Franz Schubert; Ending with “Panis Angelicus” (Aled Jones) c. César Franck.

God Be In My Head

“God Be In My Head” c. Sir Henry Walford Davies KCVO OBE

God be in my head, and in my understanding;
God be in mine eyes, and in my looking;
God be in my mouth, and in my speaking;
God be in my heart, and in my thinking;
God be at mine end, and at my departing

‘A’ Your Adorable

A personal reflection based on a song that both Irene Simkin and her granddaughter, Ashley Jeanroy, often shared. “’A’ You’re Adorable” (performed by Perry Como, with The Fontane Sisters) c. Sid Lippman and lyrics by Buddy Kaye and Fred Wise.

Abide With Me

Special mix of “Nimrod” Variation IX (Adagio) the 9th variation on the 1899 Enigma Variations (performed by The London Symphony Orchestra) c. Edward Elgar; and “Abide With Me” is a hymn by Scottish Anglican Henry Francis Lyte, composed by William Henry Monk, performed by Emeli Sandé. Lyte was dying of tuberculosis as he wrote it which celebrates human endeavour with a reminder that we need God’s help and comfort.

Time to Say Goodbye

Recessional Music: “Time To Say Goodbye” (Andrea Boccelli & Sarah Brightman) c. Lucio Quarantotto & Frencesco Sartoni; “Walking in the Air” (Aled Jones) c. Howard Blake.

Reverend Peter Rose OAM entering the Memorial Service for Irene Simkin on June 2, 2017
Eulogy by Toby Simkin for Irene Simkin Memorial
The Reverend Peter Rose, OAM, delivers the service with the commital of Irene's ashes at the Memorial for Irene Simkin on June 2, 2017
Mandy & Emma, Toby & Troy embrace at the beginning of the recessional at the Memorial Service for Irene Simkin on June 2, 2017

Favorite Things

  • Dark Chocolate
  • Brandy
  • Spicy Curries
  • Cheese
  • BBC TV Dramas
  • Andrea Bocelli
  • Turquoise Colour
  • Aled Jones
  • Asian Food
  • Parachuting
  • Cruise Ship Travel
  • Classical Music
  • ABC Comedies
  • Smell of Cigars
  • Iced Coffee & Nutmeg
  • Musical Theatre
  • Future Technologies
  • Black Coffee
  • Good Friends
  • Family

An International Life

1927 born in Sheffield, England
1933 age 6 fostered by a defacto mother – Paddy.
1934 age 7, conducted 22 piece school band
1943 joined the W.A.A.F during World War II
1945 comissioned in the Royal Air Force
1945 was Asst. to Marshal of the R.A.F. at Whitehall
1947 posted to Singapore
1948 awarded the Malaya Medal
1948 posted to England (Parachuting)
1949 posted to Bushy Park, England
1950 met her future husband at parachute training school
1952 resigned R.A.F. commission & moved to Sydney, Australia
1953 married Maxwell Byron Simkin
1954 gave birth to Richard Maxwell Simkin
1956 gave birth to Amanda Jane Simkin
1957 moved to Penang, Malaysia
1959 gave birth to Timothy Alexander Simkin
1959 moved to Melbourne, Australia
1960 moved to Wagga Wagga, Australia
1961 moved to Latimer, England
1964 gave birth to Toby James Simkin
1965 moved to Canberra, Australia
1972 moved to Brisbane, Australia
1973 moved to Washington DC, USA
1976 moved to Brisbane, Australia
1979 commenced management at XII Commonwealth Games
1980 divorced Brigadier General M.B. Simkin
1988 produced radio shows in Brisbane, Australia
1991 moved to Crownsville, USA
1993 moved to Toronto, Canada
1993 became Canadian Landed Immigrant
1996 moved to Canberra, Australia
2017 passed away in Canberra, Australia
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