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A Eulogy for a special Man:

We’re here today to celebrate and remember someone dear to us all – Giles

We all know it’s nice to be appreciated by our peers.
It’s something when you’re recognised in industry.
You haven’t done badly when you’re looked on as a good friend to many
It’s great to be respected over the years – for your loyalty
It’s special when you’re loved by your family

It TAKES someone VERY special to bring all these together.
Giles did that.

This is a celebration.
It’s the love, the laughs, the support and the friendship – that Giles gave us all.

He had a unique loyalty to his friends and colleagues – and it’s safe to say that friendship & respect was returned a hundredfold.

He loved his family.
And had huge love and pride in Lauren, Lewis, Ruth and Kieran.

He appreciated his Mum and Dad –and they him

We know he appreciated his mates – and he enjoyed his social time.

He had his distractions too…….

He loved his music, football and rugby. He was passionate about Man United. From following at home, abroad, visits to Old Trafford, or vocally whenever they played – he was there, and always will be.

His mid life crisis kicked in –he’s not the only one!
Steve bought a guitar
Tom perfected golf
Giles treated himself to a Mustang… the oldest swinger in town…

A quiet man, but when we met I soon recognised how respected he was – by all who knew him.

He had loyalty and determination – yet kept a sense of fun…

His advice to you ALL on life would probably be – “We’re here for a good time, not a long time”….

A hard act to follow

I’d like to read a poem called The Dash.
It identifies the time we spend together – and how we use it.


For GILES – a Special Man

The Dash

I read of a man who stood to speak
At the funeral of a friend
He referred to the dates on his tombstone
From the beginning to the end.

He noted first his date of birth
And spoke that date with tears,
But he said what mattered most of all
Was the dash between those years.

That dash tells us all the time
That Giles was here on earth.
And all of us who knew him well
Know what that dash is worth.

For it matters not, how much we own;
The cars, the house, the cash,
What matters is how we live and love
And how we spend our dash.

So think about this long and hard.
Are there things you'd like to change?
For you never know how much time is left,
That can still be rearranged.

If we could just slow down enough
To consider what's true and real,
And always try to understand
The way other people feel.

And be less quick to anger,
And show appreciation more
And love the people in our lives
Like we've never loved before.

If we treat each other with respect,
And more often wear a smile
Remembering that this special dash
Might last a little while.

To all our friends here in Dubai
And the memories we recall
And we think of the laughs we had with Giles
And his impact on us all

So, when your eulogy's being read
With your life's actions to rehash
Would you be proud of the things they say
About how you spent your dash?

Adapted from *"The Dash" by Linda Ellis

We’re all missing him today.
There’s some folk we’ll always remember – but there’s some we’ll never forget

In his memory, we have a lot to celebrate – and be thankful we knew him

Indeed a special Man………

Added by: Gavin McLatchie on 5 February 2009.

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