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To our Beloved Gill


In Loving Memory of

Gilbert Thomas Henry Roose

who passed away on

Thursday, 5th March 2015

Aged 81 years

Funeral Service

Saturday, 21st March 2015 at 11am

followed by interment

Service conducted by

Revd Peter Smith

Comment

1934 – 2015

That simple 'dash' between two dates denotes the span a man's life, but tells nothing at all of the actual life lead by him. In the case of Gil Roose, it would take many pages to tell even the high-spots of a life lead to the full. He called himself a carpenter, but there is no doubting his skill as a cabinet maker – his work is used in Lanhydrock House to display some of their many treasures, and the National Trust are not known to accept second best! Gil never gave second best – with him it was always a case of all or nothing, and to the Loveny Choir he gave his “All.” We knew him best as an honoured Founder Member of the Choir, a valued Second Tenor and Soloist. For a few years he ably represented the Choir as our President, and could always be counted on to volunteer when needed. He was a devoted family man, and to his family, I have no doubt he was the best Dad there ever was. Above all else, Mavis was not only the mother of his children, but was the Love of his Life. Sadly, Mavis was called home recently, following a long illness, and it was clear to us all that Gil missed her terribly, and for a period we missed his cheerful impishness at rehearsals before he finally resumed. But perhaps it was not the same, for not long after he regretfully retired from the Choir. He actually attended a Choir Concert a few days before passing away peacefully in his sleep, and he had seemed to be the usual cheery Gil. His passing has been a great shock to us all, and it made me think of a few lines I read years ago, which seem apt...”She, being first deceased, he for a little tried, to live without her, liked it not, and died.”

Sleep well Gil, your memory will live on.


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