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Yorkshire and Cleveland Region RDA

Richmond and Catterick

November 2018




We were all saddened to hear of the death of Alison Parsonage, a group coach with the Richmond and Catterick Group. She was a truly lovely lady who gave her time and energy to the RDA. She will be greatly missed, not only at group level, but by all those who knew her throughout the Region.

Below are some words written about Alison's funeral by Pam Ball. Thank you to Wanda for sharing them with us. 


It may seem a little odd to write a “review “ of a funeral but I am aware that there were a number of folk who could not be at Alison’s funeral on Friday.

 The whole event represented Alison so well.

The weather was wonderful and the church was packed to capacity with representatives from all aspects of Alison’s family and friends.

RDA were very well represented and we were just short of a pony to make it complete !

The vicar demonstrated that she knew Alison and had clearly listened to Alison and her family in planning this funeral.

She welcomed us all on behalf of Dave and Mark and made it clear this was a celebration of  a life well spent.

 The eulogy  delivered by the vicar was a combination of Alison’s own words and a splendid tribute written by Wanda that talked of what RDA meant to Alison and what she meant to us.

There was a poem written and spoken by her sister in law and she kindly gave me a copy to share with those unable to attend and can be found at the bottom of this page.

The sermon was so well thought out and talked of what life meant to Alison and what life in general should mean to all of us.

Music was played in the middle and at the end and was “just right “ and so fitted Alison’s personality.

 Dave and Mark remained at the church whilst the vicar accompanied Alison to the crematorium in Darlington.

Everyone was invited to meet up at the Bay Horse pub afterwards to raise a glass to Alison.

 Having spoken to Dave and Mark afterwards they both described this funeral to be “ just how the whole family had wanted it to be “

 Overall it was a dignified and moving tribute to a lovely lady

 I do hope this gives a flavour to those who could not be there and that we will find many ways to remember a valued friend.