IN TRIBUTE -- EDRIC
my sister – Having a sister is a matter of fate, having an interesting one was
luck, having one that I not only loved but really liked, was great, good fortune.
I might say ‘Don’t worry – half the things in life don’t matter very much and
the other half don’t matter at all’, Aelf would say it’s all important – and
she was ABSOLUTELY ALWAYS there for you
– and sometimes woe betide you if you had other ideas (John will be nodding his
was always focussed, determined, energetic and, YES, intrepid – from a
youngster she was studious, serious and organised and always believed you
should set out to make the world a kinder, more caring place for every person –
to use ancient language – be they high or low, rich or poor, derserving or
undeserving, wherever in the world they came from – A true socialist at heart –
We are being free and equal, but everywhere some are in chains – we can strive
to loosen them.
is her legacy—in practice, from a youngster who was highly impractical and
undomestic to the powerhouse of five adoring men – a family of loving, kind,
considerate people; her goodness to her
very difficult, cantankerous old father; her friendship to many; her help to
and with good causes.
the manner of her death reflected the manner of her life – steadfast,
indomitable, loving, kind to and considerate of others first… AND, of course,
a short anecdote – our younger daughter has 3 girls, twins of 4 and the other 3
years old – they added a kitten for Christmas  – Aelfthryth paid us a
short visit last summer and made such an impression on them that, unbeknown and
unprompted by us, the girls chose the name Aelfie! [who loved cats].
a society often dominated by vanity and celebrity, there is a real world FULL,
yes, FULL of remarkable but unremarked people – Aelf is one of these, and we
are here to remark it, to shout it from the rooftops (which she never would),
to celebrate her.
we have wealth and comfort and we have not LOVE, we have NOTHING -- AELFTHRYTH
had it in spadefuls, in
bucketfuls, in skipfuls. In short, it was and always will be a true privilege
to be her little brother.
YOU, BELOVED SISTER – THANK YOU, THANK YOU. Please raise your glass – full or
empty, or a hand , in salute to my sister, OUR SISTER – AELFTHRYTH. ---------------------------------------------