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Mansel Barnes

MANSEL BARNES - 19 April 1929-23 March 2013

Choir members turned out in force to say farewell to Mansel Barnes at St John’s, Old Coulsdon, on Monday April 8.


Mansel, who died peacefully in his sleep on March 23 at the age of 83, was a top tenor with the CMVC for twelve years, delighting members with his sense of fun and occasional irreverence.  The choir sang three pieces in his memory at his funeral: The Rose, My Lord What a Morning, and Benedictus.

During the hour-long service, tributes were paid to Mansel by Ian Martin of Purley John Fisher Rugby Club and Mansel’s son Philip.  Ian spoke of Mansel’s enthusiasm, commitment and above all his passion for Welsh rugby – relishing Wales’ 30-3 victory over England a few days before he died.

Philip recalled his father’s career which included national service with the RAF and  working as an engineer and as teacher, together with his love for his children and grandchildren.   “He was my hero,” Philip said.

Mansel’s wife Mary and his daughter Veronica, both well known to choir members, were in attendance.  Veronica played the piano at the service along with her sister Ruth who played the cello.   Mansel's sister Priscilla read nine verses from the Book of Romans. 

Veronica said afterwards that she was pleased and moved that so many choir members had come to sing for her father.  "The choir sang wonderfully," Veronica said.  "You all did Dad proud."  

A full obituary of Mansel will appear on the website shortly.


Tribute to Mansel - the Welsh grandfather - at St John's 


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