This is the transcript of Simon Smith's address at Bill Blackshaw's Requiem Mass on 21st June 2016.
May the words of my mouth and the thoughts of all our hearts be always acceptable in your sight, O God our strength and our Redeemer.
William Simon Blackshaw. WSB. Bill. William was the Christian name of his grandfather, a clergyman and noted preacher. Simon because he was born on the Feast day of St Si-mon and Jude, 28 October, in 1930. His father Charles was a housemaster at Cranleigh and went on to become headmaster of the Prep school. A family conscious of its fore-bears and a life prescribed from its very beginning by the two influences that were to shape its course - the cycles and rhythms of the Church of England; and by schools.