A First Farewell

for Rev Ernest Edwin Butler Cruchley

May 7th 1930 – March 21st 2020Act of Committal

Rowley Regis Crematorium

Friday 17th April 2020 at 10.45 am

Conducted by Rev Leonora Jagessar-Visser ‘t Hooft

Entry  Be still my soul                 (sung by Katherine Jenkins)


Welcome and prayer 


Romans 12: 9 – 20


Love must be completely sincere. Hate what is evil, hold on to what is good. Love one another warmly as Christians, and be eager to show respect for one another. Work hard and do not be lazy. Serve the Lord with a heart full of devotion. Let your hope keep you joyful, be patient in your troubles, and pray at all times. Share your belongings with your needy fellow Christians, and open your homes to strangers.  Ask God to bless those who persecute you—yes, ask him to bless, not to curse. Be happy with those who are happy, weep with those who weep. Have the same concern for everyone. Do not be proud, but accept humble duties. Do not think of yourselves as wise.  If someone has done you wrong, do not repay him with a wrong. Try to do what everyone considers to be good. Do everything possible on your part to live in peace with everybody.


Act of remembering and blessing


Growing up in Basingstoke.  Being ‘such a good boy’ and riding your bike around the watercress beds and eating a picnic of Lardy Cake.

 Meeting Kathleen over the gravy boat, confirming a deep love for her and for Sunday dinner.

 Going to Zambia, preaching in the villages and tramping through the Bush, leaving Kathleen with two small boys 200 miles from the nearest hospital. Threatened with arrest by the District Commissioner for preaching independence.

 Being in Weoley Castle, filling its life with warmth and witness through Junior Club; Age Concern and Strawberry Fayres, Sponsored walks and Barn Dances, visiting those the council had neglected, leading manhunts in Cooper’s Mill.

 Working for justice and peace, through Training in Mission, on CND demonstrations, Christian Aid, speaking out for refugees, leading the Welcome group.

 Being moved to tears by the Gospel, by tragedy and injustice, and all of us and so preaching with passion and burying just about everyone.  Always embodying the love, light and life of a disciple.

 Ernest: Husband, Dad, Grandpa, Great-Grandpa, Brother, Mentor, Friend. Eating Kathleen’s cakes and date pudding, Whole Nut chocolate, Thorntons, Yum Yums.  Climbing Caradoc; Playing with the grandchildren and great grandchildren. Taking 1000s of photos of the grandchildren and none of the rest of us! Growing roses, bringing us gifts, remembering the way and praying for us each every day.

 Lost to sight, Lost to touch. Not lost to love, nor Life.


Roses are laid for Kathleen, the immediate family, wider family and friends


Ernest, may grace and peace be yours:

We always thank God for you. For we remember before our God and Father how you put your faith into practice, how your love made you work so hard, and how your hope in our Lord Jesus Christ is firm.  Ernest (or Dad, Grandpa etc …), we know that God loves you and has chosen you and calls you now to life. 


We listen to Shosholoza (from Ipi Tombi; Bertha Egnos & Gail Lakier)


Prayers for the family


The Committal


Jesus said ‘I am the Light of the world, whoever follows me will have the light of life and will never walk in darkness’

Ernest step forth into Life

Take Christ’s hand that he will surround you with light

and lead you into new life.

Let us take Christ’s hand that death might become

the mystery that gives us hope

and moves us to treasure life and those whom we love.


May God watch between you and Ernest 

while you are parted, one from another.

May Christ stay beside you and Ernest 

while you are parted, one from another.

And in the shadow of the Spirit’s wing

may you pass this time in peace.  Amen


Exit  Benedictus                (from The Armed Man, A Mass for Peace by Karl Jenkins)




Donations in memory of Ernest can be made to the

Welcome Group Halesowen

Cheques to be made payable to Welcome Group Halesowen and sent to

Mrs E Lacon, 27 Belbroughton Road, Halesowen, B63 4ND

or directly by bank transfer   Sort code 30 93 75 Account #  012484428