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Obit: Stephen Mackendrick Thompson, 1939 - 2008

"And the sun came out to dry me."

Stephen Mackendrick Thompson - 1939 - 2008

Husband, Father, Grandfather, Mathematician, Engineer, Musician, Mountaineer & Co-Founder of - Died 27 July 2008, Aged 69 years 2 days.

The headline of this page is the last line of a poem that was a favourite of my father, Stephen Mackendrick Thompson - one of the co-founders and the leading patron of

Dad died suddenly and unexpectedly at 4pm two weeks ago today. Dad was a proud supporter of independent media and is a large part of the reason that exists today.

We miss him and thank him.


Alastair Thompson
Scoop Co-editor & General Manager

  • Video Of Funeral service for Stephen Mackendrick Thompson
    held at St James Anglican Church, Woburn, Wellington, New Zealand - 12pm - 1 August 2008.

    Order of Service - Video By David McLellan

Part I

Introit: Requiem Aeternam - Choir *
Locus Iste (Anton Bruckner) - Choir
Introduction - Rev. Peter Benge
Hymn: Be Thou My Vision (attributed to Dallan Forgaill)
Prayers and Time of Remembrance
Reading: Gospel Luke 6:47-48 - Finlay Thompson
Life Tribute - Alastair Thompson, Sharon Ellis
Peter Schmitz and Miles Thompson
Yesterday (The Beatles)

Part II

Career Tribute - Alistair Barnett and Mark Rogers
One Step Backward Taken (Robert Frost) - Tessa Thompson
Mountain and Bush Tribute - Brian MacGlinchy
Hymn: Who Would True Valour See (John Bunyan)
Tributes from the Grandchildren
Chopin Prelude Opus 28 No. 4 in E-minor - Joel Buttle
Tribute - Ella and Max Hardy

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Part III

Tribute - Ella and Max Hardy (continued…)
Pater Noster
Prayers of Intercession
Hymn: Amazing Grace
Commendation and Committal
In Paradisum - Choir
Violin - John Foden

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* Combined choir from St James - led by Helen Willberg -
and St Mary of The Angels - led by Robert Oliver

One Step Backward Taken

Poem by Robert Frost

Not only sands and gravels
Were once more on their travels,
But gulping muddy gallons
Great boulders off their balance
Bumped heads together dully
And started down the gully.
Whole capes caked off in slices.
I felt my standpoint shaken
In the universal crisis.
But with one step backward taken
I saved myself from going.
A world torn loose went by me.
Then the rain stopped and the blowing,
And the sun came out to dry me.


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