What can one say about a funeral? It represents the last farewell of family and friends. And the funeral today of Ian "Spike" Mason, late of nb Samara, was as respectful to a respectful man as it could be. With well chosen words from the civil facilitator, Spike's brother Shaun, a friend and with the reading of the poem "If" by Rudyard Kipling. It was a good time to reflect on the man that we had known for only a short time. He was referred to as a "rapscallion" and "likeable rogue". He may not always have followed the rules but he did no harm to us and always had time to chat. His staffie, Millie, was loved by all.
He will be missed by the boating community who turned out in good numbers from far and near to remember him. We also learned more of his artistic side and were able to view his cartoons at the wake in the Castle House after the service at the Crematorium. Respect.
It is really sad that the cause of their death was probably carbon dioxide poisoning, a truly preventable event with good maintenance, correct ventilation and a carbon monoxide alarm.
Test it or fit one TODAY! And clear the vents too.
Lingering in Banbury
22 hours ago