The plaque has now been affixed to the new memorial bench in the Garden of Remembrance: “In loving memory of Sheila Marie Bowker 1948-1991 Much loved and sorely missed … and beside her again Barry James Bowker 1945-2020 The Big Man of wind and song”. Generations to come will be able to sit for moments of reflection and they will know in whose memory the bench was crafted and given.
[Taken from the Quarterly Community News – the church’s insert can be viewed here] On 2nd October a very moving service was held to celebrate the life and friendship of Barry Bowker. About 60 people attended to pay tribute and say a proper farewell to Barry. Listening to Willie Nelson’s ‘Just Breathe’ (at Barry’s special request) was especially moving. So too were the recollections of family and friends. It was a joyous occasion. A bench designed and built by Dee and Terry was blessed afterwards in the Garden of Remembrance. It is designed to last, and to cater for all shapes and sizes!