The Funerals of Mr and Mrs Mason

Funeral Service and Thanksgiving for the lives of


Live Streamed on the link below from

Christ Church, Esher

Friday 8th October 2021, 12:30pm

Brian Howard Mason 

23 March 1935 - 29 February 2020

Viola Catherine Mason

15 July 1939 to 21 August 2021

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Viola Mason


Brian Mason

Funeral and Thanksgiving Service for the lives of

Viola Catherine Mason

15 July 1939 - 21 August 2021

Brian Howard Mason

23 March 1935 - 29 February 2020

Their Wedding Day

Christ Church, Esher

Friday 8th October 2021 12:30 pm

Music before the Service

‘Piano Concerto No.5 in F minor’ – J. S. Bach


Music on Entry

‘Elizabethan Serenade’ – Ronald Binge



Sentences of Scripture

God will show us the path of life; in his presence is the fullness of joy: at his right hand there is pleasure for evermore. Psalm 16.10

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Psalm 46.1 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Matthew 5.4



The Gathering

The Revd Darren McCallig

Hymn – Lord of all Hopefulness

Lord of all hopefulness, Lord of all joy,
whose trust, ever childlike, no cares could destroy, be there at our waking, and give us, we pray,
your bliss in our hearts, Lord, at the break of the day.

Lord of all eagerness, Lord of all faith,
whose strong hands were skilled at the plane and the lathe, be there at our labours and give us, we pray,
your strength in our hearts, Lord, at the noon of the day.

Lord of all kindliness, Lord of all grace,
your hands swift to welcome, your arms to embrace, be there at our homing, and give us, we pray,
your love in our hearts, Lord, at the eve of the day.

Lord of all gentleness, Lord of all calm,
whose voice is contentment, whose presence is balm, be there at our sleeping, and give us, we pray,
your peace in our hearts, Lord, at the end of the day.


Extract from ‘Toilers of the Sea’ by Victor Hugo – read by Ian Wyatt

I am standing upon that foreshore. A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength and I stand and watch her until at length she hangs like a speck of white cloud just where the sea and sky come down to mingle with each other. Then someone at my side says, “There! She’s gone!" “Gone where?" “Gone from my sight, that’s all.”

She is just as large in mast and spar and hull as ever she was when she left my side; just as able to bear her load of living freight to the place of her destination. Her diminished size is in me, not in her.

And just at that moment when someone at my side says, “There! She’s gone!” there are other eyes watching her coming and other voices ready to take up the glad shout, “Here she comes!”

Romans 8.38-39

I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.


‘A Man Who Understands’ – by Ian


1 Corinthians 13.4-13

Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end. For we know only in part, and we prophesy only in part; but when the complete comes, the partial will come to an end. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known. And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.



Hymn – Dear Lord and Father of Mankind

Dear Lord and Father of mankind, forgive our foolish ways; re-clothe us in our rightful mind, in purer lives thy service find,

in deeper reverence praise.

O Sabbath rest by Galilee!
O calm of hills above,
where Jesus knelt to share with thee the silence of eternity,
interpreted by love!

Drop thy still dews of quietness,
till all our strivings cease;
take from our souls the strain and stress, and let our ordered lives confess
the beauty of thy peace.

Breathe through the heats of our desire
thy coolness and thy balm;
let sense be dumb, let flesh retire;
speak through the earthquake, wind and fire, O still small voice of calm.



‘There's A Lady At The Table’ – by Ian

‘Time’ – by Grace Tarr

Sermon Prayers

Father of all, we pray to you for Viola and Brian, and for all those whom we love but see no longer. Grant to them eternal rest.
Let light perpetual shine upon them.
May their souls and the souls of all the departed, through the mercy of God,
rest in peace and rise in glory. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father,
who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy 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 trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

Hymn – Guide me, O thou Great Redeemer

Guide me, O thou great Redeemer, pilgrim through this barren land;
I am weak, but thou art mighty; hold me with thy powerful hand: Bread of heaven,

feed me now and evermore.

Open now the crystal fountain whence the healing stream doth flow; let the fiery cloudy pillar
lead me all my journey through: strong deliverer,
be thou still my strength and shield.

When I tread the verge of Jordan,
bid my anxious fears subside;
death of death, and hell’s destruction land me safe on Canaan’s side:

songs and praises
I will ever give to thee.



Commendation and Farewell

The Dismissal

‘What a Wonderful World’ – Louis Armstrong

We would like to thank you all
for your messages of love and condolence, and for being here to support us today, whether that be in person or by the livestream.


All are warmly welcome to join the family for light refreshments following the service at:

The Bear Hotel, 71 High Street, Esher, Surrey, KT10 9RQ


Donations (if desired) may be made in memory of

Viola and Brian
to either The Eaton Fund or The RSPB

The Eaton Fund RSPB



Undertakers Alan Greenwood & Sons

(please ask for Lauren 0208 399 4455;