|Theodore William Georges Gulliford|
I am aware that many of the clergy and laity of the diocese may not yet have heard the sad news of the death of Theodore Gulliford, the young son of our Director of Ordinands, the Revd William Gulliford and his wife Beatrice, and beloved brother of Valentine, Marie-Pia and Philomene. Theodore died in the early hours of 31 December.
Shortly after he was born, he was diagnosed with having a neurological disorder. The family had not expected him to live for more than a year. But in fact this beautiful, joyful and loving child completed his sixth birthday on Christmas Day.
The funeral service was last Monday, with a requiem and committal service on Tuesday.
Fr William wrote these moving words on 4 January:
We are very very sad, but full of memories, and we know that Theodore’s earthly limitations are no more and that he was fully alive until God took him to be hid with Christ in Him. Blessed be the name of the Lord.
I know that across this diocese people have been praying for Theodore these past years. Please continue to pray for the Gulliford family as they mourn their loss. Pray also for Theodore, that he may live, radiant, in the happiness of God’s kingdom.