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31 comments on “Claire French”

  1. A very touching and moving service. I met Claire only once, on February 22nd, and the chat we had (in German) was so lively and heartwarming, it felt like we had known each other for ages. I am thankful that I had the opportunity to meet and speak with Claire, and would have wished for many more encounters. Thank you, Claire. Rest in peace.

  2. Edith that was a beautiful service glad I could see it live
    Love to you Henry and John
    From
    Wendy and brian wood

  3. Dear Edith and Brian, Henry, John and Families, our deepest sympathy to you all at this difficult time.
    Your mother was a truly remarkable lady, who will be dearly missed by many.

  4. Losing your Mum is such a difficult time and our thoughts are with you with circumstances make it even harder. Claire was a remarkable lady as well as your Mum and you will miss her dearly. I will think of your Mum in your Waverley house surrounded by more esoteric books than a library collection. Thank you for inviting us to share in her wonderful farewell. Vale Claire.

  5. Claire, it was a privilege to not only know you, but to be your friend, and bring you Communion weekly . God has blessed you in allowing you your wish and prayer to die at home, but not alone.
    Good bye dear friend,!

  6. I am deeply saddened by Claire’s sudden death. I will miss our conversations ranging from art to European culture and history, world mythology and beyond.
    Edith, your eulogy captured your mum’s character, interests and values so well. The music chosen was very appropriate. “Climb every mountain …”
    My heartfelt condolences to Edith and Brian, Henry, John, and their families.

  7. Thank you for the invitation to attend, and I did. I loved hearing from Edith and Mary about Claire: this was much appreciated. I am sure that Claire wanted to go at this time: she has done so much. I am so honoured to have been her friend – for only the last 13 years or so, and to have been able to have many great discussions with her, at her home and once when she visited my home which was then in the Blue Mountains. Claire taught a workshop there in Celtic Mythology (1997).

  8. To Henry in NZ and John in Barcelona – it must be hard for you to not be here to participate in your Mum’s farewell. Live streaming the service was a brilliant idea and hope you felt as you were there, in spirit. All our thoughts and prayers are with you too of course.

  9. On behalf of the Lofhelm family and all former Geebung Ski Club members, farewell Claire. A life well lived. Two beautiful eulogies. Well done Edith, stay strong.

  10. Edith, it was a beautiful service and I was so pleased to be able to watch it live. Thank you. Your mother and I shared lots and lots of correspondence over the years since my mother’s death in 2008 and we “talked” genealogy very often. Klaerle was a very, very special person. Sometimes her letters were in German and at the end she would write, “Oh, I wrote in German, I hope you can understand it.” I could since German is my native language even though I have lived in the US for over 60 years. I will miss her and her words of wisdom that she was always willing to share. Take good care of yourself, Edith. Your Eulogy was absolutely beautiful. I am sure your mother was very proud of you as she was looking down from heaven.

  11. A beautiful service to farewell your mum. What an interesting life she had and I look forward to reading her book when it is published.
    Love Rosie

  12. Edith, I just wanted to send my condolences to you and Brian, Henry, John and their families. Your Mum was a remarkable woman. You looked after her and loved her and I am sure you will miss her dearly.
    Your eulogy was wonderful!

    Lots of Love

    Tricia

  13. My deepest sympathies and condolences go out to Edith, Henry and John at this most difficult time. Claire lived a full life and is to be celebrated. All my very best to you and your families.

  14. Very moving tributes from Edith and others. A life very well lived as others mentioned. I will always have fond memories of Jack and Claire in Coomleigh Avenue. I will miss her very witty attitude and feel honoured to have known her. Condolences to all of the family and especially Edith, Henry and John. Vale Mrs. French

  15. That was a lovely eulogy Edith and a fitting service. She was indeed a remarkable woman, and I am honoured to have had the chance to meet her and get a glimpse into her life. I will look forward to reading the English version of her book. 🙂

    My thoughts are with you all in this sad time. Love and hugs to you all, Edith, Henry John and Brian.

    Love Carolyn

  16. What a lovely service and a wonderful celebration.

    Edith – you spoke beautifully. It was fascinating learning more about your Mum – what a remarkable lady! Best wishes to you, Brian, your brothers and their families.

  17. Edith & Brian, Henry & John, you are in my thoughts and prayers. Thank you for allowing us to be able to be part of Claire’s farewell.

  18. It was lovely to have met you last August when we visited with Henry and Jude. You are a very special lady and mean so much to your children. After listening to Edith talk about your life I can now understand what an amazing lady you have been. Rest In Peace . Deb and Kev chch NZ

  19. I am so sorry to hear of Claire’s passing. She and I had a number of conversations about all things Celtic and I will treasure the books she gifted to me. She was an amazing, talented woman. My deepest condolences to her family.

  20. To Edith Henry & John , Sorry to hear about Claire’s passing , a lovely woman and fond memories of a great childhood growing up in coomleigh ave . Thoughts are with you all .

  21. Our matriarch has passed but her stories of her life and those she loved will be kept always in her family .
    We remember wonderful holidays at Mt Bulla where it snowed for days around Christmas time, a memorable time for two Queenslanders. We trekked through the hills another time, ate delicious German food and enjoyed a warming hospitality.
    What a wonderful example to the whole family.
    We will miss the stories, the emails and her love of family. Till we meet again.

  22. Wonderful memories of a drive across the high plains with Claire and Jack! Claire had a wonderful wit and intelligence, always called me Diana (which still makes me smile to this day) and wondered why we would want to move to an intellectual, cultural and spiritual wilderness like Queensland back in the 80s! Those memories will live on even though Claire has passed.
    So much love and sincere condolences to Edith, my dear friend, Brian, Henry and John on the loss of Claire. A bright personality who will be missed but remain forever in that part of our hearts that she touched during her life.

    1. I remember that time well too, Di! With Brian and I holding on the back of Mark’s tray ute and Mum and Dad inside as we drove to Clear Hills and beyond. Yes. Mum wasn’t backward in coming forward with her views on things. Whenever I think of Queensland now, I think of a barren intellectual wasteland! 😉 Not really. Thanks Di for sharing this memory at this sad time.

  23. Rest In Peace Aunty Clare. It was a pleasure and honour to have known you. Our deepest sympathies to Edith, Henry, John and your families.

    1. A truly remarkable lady – loved and respected by all who knew her. Claire is again with Jack. My thoughts and prayers to all the family.

  24. It was a pleasure to be Claire’s case manager through Guardian Network and I am so glad that I saw her only a few weeks ago.She was a strong independent lady and I enjoyed her company very much.
    We are so pleased to be able to help her with her wish to remain at home.
    Our thoughts are with her family

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