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By Ingrid Payne: When I said to David that I would like to speak at his service he looked at me and said … “So you want me to write your speech?”

I said no, this is from my heart… to which he replied, “sure, but I know you can’t spell and your grammar is appalling”.

Always the editor.

David and I met 32 years ago on a blind date, my first reaction was … not my type … but obviously he was.

What stood out to me was that he was a true gentleman … which was rare to find. Opening the door for me, walking on the road side, looking after me at work functions and in any bars. …I thought to myself I better snap you up.

We shared the love of the sea, with many adventures on our boats. We shared the love of the snow, driving every weekend to Turoa with great friends.

We were blessed to have in our lives four children, who all became amazing adults and three beautiful grandchildren. David was so proud of his family.

Jay Jay
And we enjoyed the companionship of our Jack Russel Jay Jay for 16 years …who had more than a cat’s nine lives.

This has been a long battle that has shown true heroism in David; he never complained and he always kept a strong positive mind. He was the best and most well-behaved patient I could have cared for. I am so proud of him.

Thank you for being here today to celebrate David’s life and thank you for the huge support we have both had over this difficult time. He was so humbled by the many messages he received by his work colleagues, clients, family and friends.

I thank with all my heart Deborah and the team at Pead PR – a second family.

My cook, My front seat driver, My TV controller, My writer, My supermarket shopper, My captain on the water, My wonderful partner in life. I will miss you terribly.

I would like to share a poem with you:
If I should go before the rest of you
Break not a flower nor inscribe a stone
Nor when I’m gone speak in a Sunday voice
But be the usual selves that I have known
Weep if you must
Parting is hell
But life goes on
So sing as well

  • The above, of course, is the moving speech made by Ingrid Payne at the funeral of her husband David. More about that here

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