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Monday 25th April 2022 at 11:00
Woollensbrook Crematorium
Hertford Road, Hoddesdon, EN11 9BN.



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Celebration Of Life

David Edward Suddes ‘Dave’

24th May 1988 – 25th March 2022

Woollensbrook Crematorium Hoddesdon

Monday 25th April 2022 11.00am

Service conducted by Celebrant Graham Ellis

In Loving Memory of  David Suddes


I’ll be there for you, The Rembrandts

Words of Welcome

Do not stand by my grave

Memories, Maroon 5

Family tributes and memories of Dave

Because I got high, Afroman

Family tributes and memories of Dave

Reflection Music
Follow me, Uncle Kracker

Gone too Soon

Our Time to Give Thanks


Closing Words
See you again, Wiz Khalifa feat Charlie Puth


Good morning, on behalf of Lorraine and Ken, I offer you a warm welcome and thank you for coming together today.
My name is Graham Ellis, and it is my honour to be here with you today as we gather to
celebrate the life of a very special man David Suddes or Dave as he was known.

I would also like to welcome those of you joining us via our webcast today, especially Paula and Hillzy.

I know that today is a sad day, but I hope that by the end of our time together you will feel glad to have been part of it.
That you will have felt that it has been a special time for each of you in your own way,
 to say goodbye to a man who touched so many of your lives.

Whatever cares the world has for you outside of this room, leave them there and take this time to remember
and to celebrate Dave’s life and to grieve his loss.
Your grief is valid, so feel free to remain silent, cry or laugh as you need to.

When someone we love dies nothing can prevent the sorrow and sadness that we feel.

Grief, unfortunately, is an inevitable part of life.
When we fall in love, we invite the possibility of grief.
When we have children, we invite the possibility of grief.
When we simply love, we invite in the possibility of grief. 
Grief is the price we pay for love and the only way to avoid grief is to avoid love.

Dave is no longer with us, and it is natural that we should be sad because in a practical sense, he is no longer a part of our daily lives.

But the joy, the reassurance, and the gratitude of having had him in your lives will never be lost.

So today is not just about saying a sad goodbye, it is a day to give thanks for his life so that he will continue to
live on in your thoughts and in your hearts forever.


Lorraine and Ken have chosen a lovely poem to start our service with I am honoured to be reading it on their behalf.

Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there, I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glint on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.

When you wake in the morning hush,
I am the swift, uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circling flight.
I am the soft starlight at night.

Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there, I do not sleep.
Do not stand at my grave and cry.
I am not there, I did not die!


Dave’s Mum has chosen a beautiful song for us to take a moment to listen to and it’s Memories by Maroon 5.

Family tributes and memories of Dave

We now have some wonderful tributes for Dave so can we start by inviting Jodie up to the lectern please .

I never thought I'd stand here to say goodbye to you, I never thought for a second that we would lose you so soon.
My dearest friend for the longest time, I don't know what to do? I held your hand in your final days and made a promise to you..
that I will always be there for your mum, family, and close friends to, you smiled,
clenched my hand coz you absolutely knew, and you struggled to say the words "I love you to"
I will never forget you David for you mean so much to me, my whole childhood is filled with the bestest memories!
you will never leave my thoughts, my mind or heart.  David Edward Suddes I've loved you from the start!

Thank you Jodie.

I would now like to read some lovely words on behalf of Angela.

A heart of gold that stopped beating, A body of armour that could fight no more.Two shining eyes that are now at rest.

For these are for a truly amazing man that I fell in love with, that will now guide me through my worries, that will be here to protect me.
Dave will always be by my side and will have a place within my heart.

For the time we had together wasn't long, but within that time I found love, I found a friend, I found a soul mate who I could cherish.

Dave loved me for who I am and the love I could give. The time we spent together was filled with laughter and love, never sadness or any tears.

Though I am so lucky to have had Dave be part of my life, now that shining Angel within the stars,
I know he will always be here with me and his family protecting us all.

Until the day we meet again, sleep tight Dave, all my love, Angela

This is from the Bakehouse Team

For those of you that had the privilege of working with Dave would know that it was simply impossible to dread working a shift with him.
You would never need to physically see him to know he was around, all the confirmation you’d need was the smell of lynx
and a freshly opened can of emerge sitting on the glass wash.

You could never dread a shift with him because he just made life easier.
Be it a joke or funny anecdote to keep your spirits high on an awful day,
the cosiest of hugs when you were feeling low, or taking over a job you just really didn’t want to do.
There was nothing that he wouldn’t do for you, except polish cutlery, Nat’s had to take one for the team on that many a time.

There has never been another employee to be so kind and helpful as he was. Dave was the go-to for any newcomer,
he made you feel so welcome, as if there was nothing you couldn’t ask him, no question was too silly and he was
never one to belittle but to educate instead.
If you’d ask anyone what Dave was like they’d tell you how funny he was, smart, kind, compassionate, supportive,
helpful, the list really does go on. But above all else, they’d say he was a friend.
A friend to everyone that had the pleasure of meeting him.

It’s hard to put into words how very missed he’ll be by the staff and the customers at the bakehouse.
It’s safe to say that there is now a big whole in our family where he used to be but that doesn’t mean he’ll be forgotten.

The memory, the heart, and the compassion of him will be carried with so many people for as long as they live.
Because how could you ever, forget a man as special as our Dave. Rest in paradise you wonderful man,
for this isn’t goodbye but simply see you later until we meet again.

This next tribute is from Dave’s oldest friend Stewart:

I was 6 years old when I met Dave as a couple of mischievous kids who loved playing football and runouts, that’s
when I first realised Dave was a terrible loser - and an even worse winner!

Fast forward to ours teen years not much changed, we'd spend hours playing street fighter and Halo,
and Dave was extremely competitive as was I, I'm still not entirely sure who won.

I have thousands upon thousands of amazing times and memories with Dave, most of which were spent in the legendary
conservatory... if you've been in there you'll know!

Our forever growing group of friends all shoulder to shoulder laughing and giggling and doing absolutely
nothing we shouldn't have done (or so his mum thought).

As growing boys turning into men, earning our own money we got to enjoy going to Weymouth with, Hillzy, Jodie, Rachel.
We had a blast, one day we went go karting which started with Hillzy crashing into Dave, and ended with me and
Dave neck and neck to hit the finish line, aside from that, the rest is a blur which could be related to alcohol consumption... who knows? 

Our best getaway was to Amsterdam, our first holiday without our parents, our first lads holiday.
Safe to say as a group of young lads we were in our element, we experienced the red-light district,
which was definitely an experience... Louis, Dave and myself had a leisurely stroll through the district where
Dave told me not look to my left... of course I did. I turned around to a very confident,
yet unattractive women begging to show me a good time, whilst showing me body parts for free.

Dave thought it was hilarious especially as the only thing I thought to do was run, run as fast as I could back to our hostel.

Our holiday finished with Dave being blamed for losing the key to our room, and Dave being as headstrong as he was,
was adamant that it wasn't him... of course it wasn't,
Dave had a great memory, I found the key in my trouser pocket but couldn't admit it was my fault...
my sweet, sweet revenge for the previous outing. 

Dave wasn't just my best mate; he was my brother. So make sure you save me a seat fella, I miss you so much...

the next song is for you brother, If Amsterdam was a song..this is what it would be.

Because I got High, Afroman

What a great song,

I'm now honoured to be reading a tributes from Dave’s Mum and Dad

Dave, it's Dad. You were cruelly taken so soon; this is not the way it is supposed to be.
You have always been a kind, caring and wonderful Son, Brother, Uncle and Friend.
I do miss you so much, somehow the place will not be the same without you, however, you will always be here in My Heart. 
Myself, Mum, Mike, Gemma, Jasmine and all your Friends and Relatives will be here to keep your memory alive. 
Until we meet again, sleep tight my Son. Love always, Dad.
And now we hear from Lorraine:
Hey David, my son over your 33 years you caused me some grief but it never stopped me loving
you and now you are causing more grief but this grief will never go away but once again it will never stop me loving you.
I miss you terribly but you can always come to visit me if it’s possible.

Love you forever David until we meet again, sleep tight sweetheart.
Love mum

Finally, this is from Emily.


I still can't believe I'm writing this, how is it possible this is the last time I'm going to talk to you?
I have so many things I want to say to you... but I'll keep it short, I want to thank you.

Thank you for the irreplaceable and unforgettable memories, thank you for laughing with me, crying with me and just being you -
I can't describe how much I miss you, and to get through this I'll need your help, please just stick around and
just let me know your still here, nothing freaky though, you know I'm a wimp.

You asked me in your final days "why me Em?", and there is only one simple answer, in a meadow full of flowers...
you would only pick the most beautiful, and that you are Dave, I'm in awe of your strength and bravery in a time where there was no need.

When I think of all the memories we share the one that I always come back to is the day we were in your conservatory chatting away,
and your mum came in and you got in an argument about taking up the washing basket,
I can just remember how awkward Stu and I felt, it’s awful sitting there watching your mate getting a grilling from their mum,
especially when they're in their 30's, and you wouldn't let us leave... so cheers for that mate.

My final promise to you Dave, is that for as long as me and Stu are around Mum, dad and Michael will never be alone,
and we will always look out for them, because I need them too... they are the bravest, strongest,
and most wonderful people, and they are my family too.

So it's only goodbye for now, for we will see each other again, my best friend, my brother from another mother.
Spread your wings and sleep in perfect peace my darling.

Reflection Music

We are now going to listen to a great song which is ‘Follow Me’ by Uncle Kracker chosen simply because Dave loved it.
While we listen, we are going to be able to see some lovely pictures from Dave's life so please take this time to watch,
listen and to think about Dave in your own way.


Emily and Stewart has chosen a beautiful poem for their friend and once again I am honoured to be reading it on their behalf

Words cannot describe the loss I feel
Saying farewell to you
but heaven chose to give you wings
and now it's time you flew

I wish that we could have more time,
That God had let you stay
Forever would not be long enough
But I would take one day

I wish I had just one more chance
To see that tender smile
To laugh with you again my dear
Just for a little while

Gone too soon but not forgotten,
Forever he will remain,
My guiding light, my shining star,
Until I see your face again

Our Time to Give Thanks

For all that Dave was. We give thanks.
For the memories we treasure today. We give thanks.

For all that he was as a son, a brother, a nephew, an uncle, and a friend. We give thanks.

For all that was good in his life, his love for his family and his friends, for Manchester United and for getting high with his friends. We give thanks.

As we remember Dave today, we remember all whom we love and see no longer,
but most of all we give thanks that he was part of our lives and a part of us.

Commendation and Farewell

Please be upstanding.

Let us commend Dave onwards in the love of his family and friends.

Into the freedom of wind and sunshine, we let you go.
Into the dance of the stars and planets, Dave, we let you go.
Into the wind’s breath, we let you go.
We love you. We miss you. We want you to be free and happy.
Go softly. Go onwards on your journey. we let you go.

Dave, you have completed your journey here on earth. Your life we honour, your departure we reluctantly accept. Your memory we cherish forever.

We wish you well as we send you on this next stage of your journey with our blessing, love, and thanks.

We grieve at your passing, and we stand here, together, honouring your life,
and we give thanks for having had the privilege of sharing it with you.

Rest now at the end of your days, your work is done.
Rest in the hearts and minds of all who knew you.

May your mum and dad, Michael, Emily, Stewart and the rest of your family and friends
find comfort in the memories of your life and the times you spent together.

May they find support and love both from one another and from their friends in the days, weeks, and months to come.

And may they find strength in their hearts Dave, because of your unending and enduring love for them. Rest in Peace Dave.

Closing Words

Well, that brings us towards the end of our service and as I said at the start, I hope that you feel glad to have been a part of it.
On behalf of Lorraine and Ken I would like to thank you once again for coming together today and to extend an invitation to join them at
The Bakehouse in Welwyn Garden City for some refreshments and the chance to share your own stories and memories of Dave.

If you would like to make a charitable donation in Dave’s name, then the family have chosen
to support both MacMillan Nurses and The Cats Protection League.
There are details of how to donate on the back of your order of service or if you prefer there is also a collection box as you leave the chapel.
It has been an honour for me to have been chosen to deliver today's service
and it has been a privilege to have got to have known Dave and his family in a small way.

When you leave here today, leave with peace in your hearts and the contentment that you came to honour
 and to say farewell to such a special and very much-loved gentleman.

As you entered the chapel today, we heard the theme tune to Friends as Dave loved the show and he and his friends would quote the show a lot.

Dave really enjoyed the Fast and Furious films so this final song is taken from the end of one of those films which was a really poignant moment.
It’s also been chosen as the sentiment and the words are perfect for right now.

The family are going to hold back to spend a moment alone with Dave so please take a moment of reflection before you leave. Thank you.

Raise a glass to DAVE

Releasing Balloons for Dave




Both Ken and Lorraine are deeply touched by the gesture made by the Bakehouse Family.


BIG Thanks to Charlie Holton, who had his head shaved in memory of Dave,
and to support Macmillan Cancer Support, who cared for him in his last weeks.







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24 MAY 1988 - 25 MARCH 2022

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