I have been asked to write a few words in tribute to my dear friend and colleague, Sue Rivington, who died in July. I think that the best of our lives is always revealed in the people, places and communities that we love – so let’s reflect upon the loves of Sue’s life.
First and foremost, Sue loved her family. Her family was right at the heart of Sue’s life – especially her grandchildren (whom she adored). Sue liked nothing better than a family celebration.
Sue loved her village, Ruddington. And she knew everybody! Which was hardly surprising as she was involved in so many village activities. She served as a Parish Councillor for several years. She was part of the Ruddington Festival Singers and played her part in the village pantomimes Lorna McCullough set up in the early 1980s.
Sue loved her music and was passionate about singing. As a key member of the Ruddington and District Choral Society, she was able to indulge this passion to the full.
Sue loved her church, St Peter’s and was at the heart of this faith community. Sue’s strong Christian faith was expressed in so many practical ways. She was a member of the church choir and Parochial Church Council, and served as Church Warden, Administrator and social committee facilitator over a lot of years.
Those of us who had the prividge of knowing Sue were always struck by her integrity and sense of fun. With Sue, there was always a sparkle. She was a real “people person”, who was quick to roll up her sleeves and get stuck in! Sue was also a brilliant organiser. She was compassionate, wise and indomitable.
JRR Tolkien once wrote a short story in which he wrote of the heroine, Queen Agatha: “There was no getting round Queen Agatha – or at least it was a long walk.” This reminds me of Sue’s tenacious love, and sacrificial service for us, her family, her village and her church.
Reverend Andrew Buchanan