The Funeral Of Alistair (‘Larry’) Law.

LazThis Report for those who could not attend.

The funeral of Alistair (‘Larry’) Law took place at 13.00 on Monday 29th September 2014. It was held at The Weston Mill Crematorium, Plymouth. The dress code was ‘informal’ to reflect Larry’s ‘laid back’ attitude. Larry’s coffin was borne shoulder high into the chapel by his family and friends: brother, Jonathon Law,  his two sons, (Larry’s nephews: Adam and Philip), Marc Physick, (brother-in-law) Bob Mills and Mic McCreadie (long time friends).

Bach’s ‘Jesu, Joy Of Man’s Desiring’ played as the coffin was carried to and laid upon the bier with respect and ceremony. The chapel was filled to capacity with family, Larry’s many, many friends, many of Larry’s work colleagues including the Assistant Chief Constable of Devon and Cornwall Police and other high ranking officials. There were so many mourners in fact that some folk were not able to find a space within the body of the chapel and had to hear the service relayed on the P.A. system speakers.

The service was conducted by Police Chaplain John Howard, himself a one time colleague of Larry’s, who then made the Introduction followed by the first hymn: ‘O God Our Help In Ages Past.’

The service took the form of a celebration of Larry’s life and achievements. Emotional eulogies were given and poems were recited by his brother Jonathon and two of Larry’s closest friends, Mic McCreadie and Bob Mills. After the eulogies, prayers were said and the congregation then sung ‘The Lord Is My Shepherd’ and this was followed by the ‘The Lord’s Prayer’ before the Committal when a recording of the traditional air: ‘The Flowers Of The Forest’ was played as the curtains were drawn across.

The Chaplain gave the Blessing and a recorded version of Bob Dylan’s ‘Forever Young’ sung by Larry and Mic was played as the family and congregation filed out through a Guard Of Honour of uniformed Police. A collection box, for those who wished to make a donation to support the work of the  R.N.L.I., was available on exiting. This collection raised a little over £400.00.

A reception with refreshments including champagne was held in The Future Inn near Derriford and this too was overflowing with family and friends who’d come to make their last farewells to a dearly loved man. Gifts and tributes were presented to Larry’s parents, Iain and Rosemary, and among these was an especially compiled scrapbook by Linda Cory Stoneman containing photos, mementos and the collected posts and writings Larry’s friends had made on Facebook throughout his illness and hospitalisation in Derriford. It would be impossible to even attempt to list all the people who came to see Larry off but among those who travelled up from Cornwall were musicians John The Fish, Adrian O’Reilly, Keith Hills, Tom Palmer and Mic McCreadie all of whom had interacted musically in some way or another with Larry. These same musicians, and many of Larry’s musician friends from Plymouth and its surrounding areas, will be involved in the Charity Benefit Concert which is to be held on Sunday November 23rd 2014 at The Lowenac Hotel, in Camborne, Cornwall with the music beginning at 5pm. Entry will be free of charge but donations will be requested to benefit the R.N.L.I.

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