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The School’s Chapel was packed with people attending the Memorial Service for Chris Tongue, a former headmaster of St John’s, who sadly passed away earlier this term. Over 450 former parents, ex-pupils, friends of the School, together with past and serving members of the Common Room, joined Chris’ family to pay their last respects.
In a service led by the Right Reverend Ian Brackley, bishop of Dorking, the congregation sang the hymns For all the saints, Jerusalem and Praise, My Soul, the King of heaven and listened to Joanna Grant Peterkin, former Governor of the School and a friend of Chris, read out the Epitaph on a Friend by poet Robert Burns, fittingly chosen to mark the occasion (‘An honest man here lies at rest […]’). Various eulogies, introduced by his son Giles, celebrated the many facets of Chris Tongue’s life: his relationships with others, his passion for sport, his commitment to education and his role as a father.
After the service, a reception was held in the Dining Hall, where refreshments were served and those who knew Chris had the opportunity to talk with his widow Chelsia and his sons Craig and Giles.
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