The BBC presenter was buried
After years of fighting, Deborah James succumbed to cancer at the end of June, aged just 40. Now the BBC presenter was buried in a moving ceremony.
The death of Deborah James, † 40, who had recently been ennobled by Queen Elizabeth, 96, for her educational work, touched the whole of Great Britain. “We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Dame Deborah James – the most wonderful wife, daughter, sister and mother,” her family said on June 28, 2022 on her official Instagram account. Now her family says goodbye to Deborah one last time.
Deborah James was buried in London
They are deeply moving images: Dame Deborah James was buried on July 20, 2022. The podcaster’s coffin was driven through the streets of London to St. Mary’s Church in a Rolls-Royce. The vehicle was escorted on foot by the mourners, beginning with Deborah’s husband Sebastien Bowen and their children Hugo, 14, and Eloise, 12. When the funeral procession arrived, the church bells rang at 12:30 p.m. local time, the Daily Mail reports. .
At the service, Sebastien gave an emotional eulogy, Hugo and Eloise recited poems for their beloved mother. In addition, the ceremony was musically accompanied by cellist Charles Watt, and jazz singer Natalie Rushdie performed the song “Tell Me It’s Not True” from the musical “Blood Brothers”.
Family mourns at private memorial service
After the approximately hour-long service, Deborah James’ wicker basket coffin, decorated with the white roses that bear her name, was carried out of the church and transported to the cemetery.
The mourners, including musician Tom Fletcher, 37, said goodbye to Pastor David Cooke in front of St. Mary’s Church, watched the car drive away and hugged each other. Deborah’s family and friends are said to have held a private memorial service afterwards.
Deborah James was knighted by the Queen
Deborah James was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer in 2016. Since then, the presenter has documented her illness and the associated treatments on social media. Four years later she was cancer-free, but the disease returned a little later.
Nevertheless, she did not give up, continued her fight and tirelessly collected donations for cancer research. For her commitment, Queen Elizabeth ennobled her in May this year and gave her the title of “lady”.
Sources used: dailymail.co.uk, imago-images.de