600 in church to say goodbye to teacher
MORE than 600 people attended the funeral of a popular teacher who died aged 23.
The funeral for Dr Challoner’s Grammar School geography teacher Jeremy Suter was held in St Mary’s Church, Beaconsfield, on Friday last week.
The talented cricketer died in Leeds Hospital on Sunday, October 12, after emergency surgery failed to save him from a previously undiagnosed brain tumour.
The service was led by The Rev Dr Jeremy Brooks, with prayers from his wife, The Rev Dorothy Moore Brooks, and the church choir sang The Lord Bless You and Keep You. Tributes were led by Jeremy’s parents, Hugh and Margot.
Mrs Suter spoke of their son’s birth in Belgium, and paid tribute to the friends they have made in Beaconsfield since they moved there in 1994, reminding everyone of the saying that it takes a village to raise a child and, for them, that village had been Beaconsfield.
Jeremy’s colleague from Challoner’s, The Rev Chris Clare, who taught him as a boy, spoke of Jeremy’s love of cricket, his faith, his commitment and quality of teaching.
Jeremy’s sister Vicky, read a poem, The Cricketer’s Last Boundary, by Michael Ashton.
The church was decorated with flowers, as well as symbols and possessions from Jeremy’s life, such as his cricket kit, and items from school years and his colleges at Swansea and Oxford.
Mrs Suter said: “The love and support of our church and community, and all our friends and family, has been amazing. We are grateful to so many people for their care.”
Donations of more than £5,000 have so far been made in his memory to the Bucks Youth Cricket Trust and Food for the Hungry.
Further donations can be made at www.Jeremy. suter.muchloved.com or via Arnold Funeral Directors, in Gregories Road, Beaconsfield.
FAREWELL: Jeremy Suter