'Somewhere Over The Rainbow'
Eva Cassidy

The Service

Good afternoon everyone ....

Ross was a unique individual!

He was lively and outgoing, loving and caring, he could be infuriating and stubborn, but underneath it all - "He had a Heart of Gold".

Ross was a giver, not a taker, and many of us are numb at the thought of not seeing him again.

Indeed it is impossible to put into words how much we'll miss him .......


Let us begin our service for ROSS with a short prayer .....


Let us Pray

I'm Free


Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free
I'm following the path God has laid you see.
I took his hand when I heard him call,
I turned my back and left it all.

I could not stay another day,
To laugh, to love, to work, to play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way,
I found peace at the close of day.

If my parting has left a void,
Then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss,
Oh yes, these things I too will miss.

Be not burdened with times of sorrow,
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life's been full, I savoured much,
Good friends, good time, a loved ones touch.

Perhaps my time seemed all too brief,
Don't lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your hearts and peace to thee,
God wanted me now; He set me free.


A tribute from Ross's Brother Richard


Ross was my brother, the best brother anybody could hope for,

and a brother for life.

Ross was my friend, the best friend anybody could hope for,

and a friend for life.

All of you that knew Ross will know just how generous he was.

If you needed his last penny, he'd give it to you.

All of you that knew Ross will know how much love he had for people.

If you needed to chat or a shoulder to cry on he'd be there for you.

All of you that knew Ross will know how good his sense of humour was.

If you were feeling down he always found a way to cheer you up.

These were just a few of his qualities and if some of his qualities rub off on me and I can become half the man he was, I'm sure I'll make Ross proud.

Goodbye Bro ......

I love you Ross



Let us Pray


As we have just heard from Richard, ROSS was a special person to each and every one of us, and to his beloved dog, 'Kya'.

We come here today as a parent, brother, gran, work colleague and friend, and in so many other ways that it would be impossible to mention.

We have all come here today with personal memories of


So let us remember him now in silence



When we are weary and in need of strength,
When we are lost and sick at heart
We remember ROSS.

When we have a joy we crave to share
When we have decisions that are difficult to make,
When we have achievements that are based on his,
We remember him.

At the blowing of the wind and at the chill of the winter,
At the opening of the buds and in the rebirth of the spring,
We remember him.

At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of summer,
At the rustling of the leaves and in the beauty of autumn,
We remember him.

As long as we live, ROSS too will live.
For he is now a part of us,
As we remember him.





Our Father which art in heaven,
Hallowed be they name,
Thy kingdom come
Thy will be done on earth,
As it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our debts
As we forgive our debtors
And lead us not into temptation
But deliver us from evil,
For thine is the kingdom
The power and the glory




Before we sing the hymn on your sheet, may I take this opportunity, on behalf of Jim and Jan and all the members of the family, to thank you all for coming here today and for paying your respects to ROSS, I'm sure it's been very much appreciated.


By Cool Siloam's Shady Rill


By cool Siloam's shady rill
How sweet the lily grows!
How sweet the breath, beneath the hill,
Of Sharon's dewy Rose!

Lo! Such the child whose early feet
The paths of peace have trod,
Whose secret heart with influence sweet
Is upward drawn to God.

By cool Siloam's Shady Rill
The lily must decay,
The rose that blooms beneath the hill,
Must shortly fade away.

And soon, too soon, the wintry hour
Of mans maturer age
Will shake the soul with sorrows power
And stormy passion's rage.

O Those whose infant feet were found
Within Thy Father's shrine,
Whose years, with changeless virtue crowned,
Were all alike divine.

Dependant on Thy bounteous breath,
We seek Thy grace alone,
In childhood, manhood, age and death,
To keep us still Thine own.





I'd like the memory of me to be a happy one.

I'd like to leave an afterglow of smiles when life is done.

I'd like to leave an echo, whispering softly down the ways,

Of happy times and laughing times and bright and sunny days.

I'd like the tears of those who grieve to dry before the sun

Of happy memories that I leave when life is done.



The images below show the Order of Service Card

used at Ross's funeral.

We still have a number of these available for those people that did not

take one on the day, or for those friends that could not attend the service.

Please use the 'Contact Us' tab at the top of the page to e-mail your details.


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