Irene Simkin (born Marshall)
April 15, 1927 (Sheffield, England) – May 28, 2017 (Canberra, Australia)
Memorial Service Key Video
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
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.
- Dark Chocolate
- Spicy Curries
- BBC TV Dramas
- Andrea Bocelli
- Turquoise Colour
- Aled Jones
- Asian Food
- Cruise Ship Travel
- Classical Music
- ABC Comedies
- Smell of Cigars
- Iced Coffee & Nutmeg
- Musical Theatre
- Future Technologies
- Black Coffee
- Good Friends