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David Nelson: 28th June 1937 - 2nd February 2019

We were very sad to hear of the passing of David Nelson, a stalwart member of the Lewes Friends of Pestalozzi and an enthusiastic supporter of Pestalozzi’s work over many years. David’s funeral service was held on Thursday 14th February 2019 at The Downs Crematorium, Brighton. The Main Chapel was packed to capacity with many friends and colleagues standing on the Chapel steps and outside in the sunshine and the fresh spring air to listen to the service.

David’s daughter Alex read the following poem by Helen Dunmore:

My Life’s Stem Was Cut

My Life’s stem was cut,
But quickly, lovingly
I was lifted up,
I heard the rush of the tap
And I was set in water
In the blue vase, beautiful
In lip and curve,
And here I am
Opening one petal
As the tea cools.
I wait while the sun moves
And the bees finish their dancing,
I know I am dying
But why not keep flowering
As long as I can
From my cut stem?

Our thoughts and prayers are with David’s partner and family.

Donations in Memory of David may be made to
'Friends of Sussex Hospices'
either online at
or sent by post to:
Grace Independent Funeral Directors
74 Springett Avenue

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