Mourners gather to say farewell
October 28th, 2014
Over 600 people crowded into St Mary’s Church last week for the funeral of Jeremy Suter, the young teacher from Dr Challoners’ Grammar School, who died suddenly from a brain tumour two weeks previously aged 23. The service was led by the Revd Dr Jeremy Brooks, with prayers from his wife, the Revd Dorothy Moore Brooks, and the church choir, sang the anthem ‘The Lord Bless you and keep you’ by John Rutter.
Tributes were led by Jeremy’s parents, Hugh & Margot Suter. Margot spoke of their her son’s birth in Belgium, but also paid tribute to the friends they had made in Beaconsfield since 1994 when they moved here, reminding everyone of the saying that it takes a village to raise a child and for them, that village had been Beaconsfield.
Jeremy’s colleague from Challoner’s, the Revd Chris Clare, who had also taught him as a boy, also spoke of Jeremy’s love of cricket, his faith, his commitment and quality in teaching.
Jeremy’s sister Vicky, read a poem, ‘The Cricketer’s last boundary’, by Michael Ashton.
The church was decorated with numerous flower arrangements, and symbols and possessions from Jeremy’s life – his cricket kit, items from his school years, his colleges at Swansea and Oxford and many others.
Margot Suter said ‘The love and support of our church and community, and all our friends and family, has been amazing. We are grateful to so many people for their care’.