Sadly, we have to record the death, at the age of 90, of Edgar Martin, who was one of our longest standing members. He joined the Association in 1948, two years after it was founded, and was a keen supporter of our meetings and activities — indeed, he had recently subscribed to become a Friend of the KCOA 2007 Organ Festival — and served as President 1967-68 and again in 1974-75. A profile of him was published in our August 2000 Journal.
His funeral took place on 19th April at St. James Church, North Cray, where he had been organist from 1971 until he retired in September 2005. The service was conducted by the vicar of St. James, the Revd Ann Uphill, who spoke warmly of Edgar, with his tall imposing figure and courtly manner, the epitome of the commanding school teacher. He taught Physics as well as being a meteorologist during the war, his expert knowledge vital to the war effort.
The funeral organist was Michael Bell, who conducts the Dartford Choral Society where Mr and Mrs Martin sang for many years. Before the service Mr Bell played music by Grieg, Walton, and Fauré, then Handel – Thine be the glory as the funeral party left the church. The hymns were: All people that on earth do dwell; Immortal, invisible, God only wise and The day thou gavest, Lord, is ended.
Edgar was also a member of the Bexley District Organists’ and Choirmasters’ Association, which was represented by their secretary, Mrs Margaret Bearfoot and other members, with the KCOA being represented by Deputy President Brian Moore.
All his friends and family, and the congregation of St. James’ will sadly miss Edgar Martin.
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