Welcome friends today as we come together to remember, celebrate, honour and value the life of Darryl Sammy Church, known as Daz.
My name is David Taylor and it is my privilege and honour to conduct this service of farewell for Daz.
Thank you for coming today to walk this journey together as you grieve the loss of a very much loved Father, Son, Brother, Uncle, a friend and mate.
It is with deep sadness that we come here to say goodbye to Daz, yet a great deal of gladness when we take the time to consider his life and the story that his life has written involving each person gathered here.
Essentially today is about being able to feel the pain at Daz’s death, but it is also just as much about a celebration of who he is, who he has been and continues to be as his life’s touch is evidenced through each of you.
We are created to love and the deeper the love have, the deeper the pain when we have to say goodbye, particularly when the parting is more like a unexpected rip off than and anticipated event. There is the feeling of bewilderment as we try to come to terms with Daz dying without warning. Friends, express how you are feeling today, share it with each other, support each other.
Share your stories of Daz together, if there are tears, let them flow and if there is laughter, let it go. In remembering today, there will indeed be both. We help each other heal as we share these things together.
Let us focus today on the times enjoyed, the special times, and give thanks for the blessing of each of those times together, as we pay tribute to Daz who will be remembered with a great deal of love, admiration, pride and respect, as we say goodbye to him and set him free.
Today is a day to reflect on different aspects of Daz’ life and in helping us to do that, we will hear tributes and story of his life.
Jodie & Madison
DVD & MUSIC – If I Were a Carpenter
Sweet Home Alabama
POEM – The Dash
When death parts us from people who have played an important role in our lives, if we’re wise, we look at what we have learned from the relationship we have shared.
And as Daz walked his life’s journey, and as you walked your journey with him and life’s journey with him, you have perhaps learned a little more about your own strengths and weaknesses.
You might have learned a little more about courage.
You may have learned a little more about tolerance and caring, about giving and understanding and about loving each other.
And you will have learned that life is not always the way we expect or want it to be ……… and sometimes we wonder why.
I don’t know the answer to that fully. But …
Let us learn from life and death, and learn that life is a fragile thing. Let us learn that we ought to make the most out of our lives, learn to forgive and to forgive ourselves. Life is too short to hold a grudge, it is to be lived to the best that we can.
This is a day for us to perhaps reassess our values and our priorities and recognize just how trivial are most of the matters in life that rouse us to anger or frustration. We don’t know what lies around the next corner for each of us or for those we love, so let’s make life count now.
Life is a gift and it’s not something that we should ever take for granted.
As we remember Daz and his life today, make your decision to enjoy your life, treasure your relationships, make time for those you love and cherish every single moment. Life is not about how much we can get but how much we can give.
And at the end of the day, have no regrets.
POPPY SERVICE – Eternal Father Strong to Save
Daz, we thank you for being the man, the Father, Son, Brother, Uncle and friend that you have been, for your love for your family especially Jodie and Madison, for your passions, for your giving, for just being you. May you rest in eternal peace and may your spirit be free.
MUSIC: Under The White Ensign
We honour today Darryl Church today for his service to Britain with the Royal Marines.
Darryl enlisted with the Royal Marines on the 3rd January 1983 at the Commando Training Centre Royal Marines and became a member of 175 Troop. After marching out he was drafted to L Coy 42 Commando RM and was deployed to Northern Ireland for the 1984 tour of South Armagh and the Maze Prison duties. Throughout the early 80’s he remained with 42 Commando RM from where he passed his JNCO’s course. It was during this time that he had a desire to become a member of Air Defence Troop based at HQ and Signals Squadron, which would remain his branch for a further 15 years. Whilst serving with Air Defence Troop, he passed his SNCO’s course and returned to take up his duty as a Section Commander and eventually became the TQ. In December 1995 until June 1996 he deployed again to Northern Ireland with 40 Commando RM as a Troop Sergeant. In 1997 he became a Colour Sergeant and instructor on the SNCO’s team. His potential was recognized and he was placed on the Advanced Command Course. He returned to Air Defence Troop and remained with the troop as WO2 ADT for 2 years before a draft to HQ Northwood as Security Detachment WO2. A return draft for his final year saw him back with his old troop and a final winter deployment to Norway. He left the Corps on 3rd January 2005 after 22 years fulltime service. WO2 Church then again became Cpl Church of the MGPS (Military Provost Guard Service) serving at 29 Commando RA for a further years service
O valiant hearts who to your glory came
Through dust of conflict
And through battle flame
Tranquil you lie
Your knightly virtue proved
Your memory hallowed in the land you loved
They went with songs to the battle, they were young.
Straight of limb, true of eyes, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.
The hour has come for rest
This poppy, an emblem of sacrifice,
The symbol of a life given in the service of one’s country
Is a link between our comrade and us who remain.
We place it here in remembrance.
I invite Darryl’s family, ex-service men and women and currently serving men and women to come forward to lay a poppy in remembrance.
Please stand as we reflect on the life of Darryl Church.
They shall grow not old
As we that are left grow old
Age shall not weary them
Nor the years condemn
At the going down of the sun
And in the morning
We will remember them.
Lest We Forget
THE ROYAL MARINES PRAYER
O Eternal Lord God, who through many generations has united and inspired the members of our Corps, grant Thy blessing, we beseech Thee, on Royal Marines serving all around the globe. Bestow Thy Crown of righteousness upon all our efforts and endeavours and may our laurels be those of gallantry and honour, loyalty and courage. We ask these things in the Name of Him, whose courage never failed, our Redeemer, Jesus Christ. Amen.