It is with sadness that we write to tell you that Rose Gray died early this morning after a long battle with cancer which she bore bravely and with true Christian fortitude. In her battle against the disease, she showed true resilience and was a shining illustration of how to cope with its ravages and yet still maintain a spirit of Christian grace and love. As her body weakened, her faith remained as strong as ever.
Our thoughts and prayers at this time are with Father Tim, their two sons, Francis and Paul, Robyn, Tim and Rose’s daughter-in-law, and their granddaughter, Emily Rose. We also remember the extended family, including her sister and brother.
We are grateful that she was able to fulfil her wish to go to the sea shortly before her death, and celebrate her sixtieth birthday with the Parish on Palm Sunday, with family while at the coast, and with family and close friends this past Monday.
We express our grateful thanks to Parishioners for their ongoing support of Tim and Rose during this time of illness which support we know has been deeply appreciated by the family and which we have also valued highly.
Funeral plans will be announced in due course and we will let you know of them.
May her soul rest in peace and rise in glory.
Revd Canon Cynthia Botha Cally Tuckey
Revd Dr Maria Frahm-Arp Theo Coggin
Revd Jonathan Meintjes Eddie Jooste
St Francis’ Priests Church Wardens