Andy Meikle’s funeral today was a bitter sweet occasion. It was sad to be saying goodbye to a man who was loved and appreciated by so many people – for his humour, his positive attitude on life and his ability to get stuck in and complete the task in hand, whether that task was a television programme, a DIY job, or some other project.
A lone piper led the cortege into the Crematorium and to the Chapel. There was standing room only inside, and the service is one he would have approved of – a celebration of Andy’s life, rather than all sadness and tears. The coffin was banded with tape – the lower layer advised ‘handle with care’, whilst the upper one said ‘this way up’. Andy would certainly have appreciated the thought – and that health and safety was important to the end!
The service consisted of some well chosen readings, including a verse read by Jon Meikle (Andy’s eldest son), and a beautifully written poem by one of Andy’s grandchildren, Holly, as well as moving memories about Andy’s life at the BBC and beyond by John Williams, and about his childhood and youth by his brother, David. David Hogg (Nicola Silk’s partner) spoke eloquently about his memories of Andy. There were smiles as well as tears – and the service was a certainly a celebration of life rather than a commemoration of death.
It was fitting to see so many former BBC colleagues, and old friends, at Andy’s send off – and lovely to share thoughts of him with them.
There was also a silver lining for me, in meeting up with some of the people who’ve contributed to this website – but that I hadn’t known before!
Our thoughts are with Steph and family, and with Andy’s sons and family at this sad time.