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Re: Rev Robert Golledge

We talked to Steve after services today, and he said that ringing after the
service would be appreciated. John, Oliver, Dianne, Laura, and I said we 
be able to make it. The service should be ending a little after 12, so 
should try to get to the church by quarter of if they are not going to the

I'm not sure what sort of ringing should be done for a funeral. I remember
hearing that half-muffled ringing is appropriate, but I'm not sure what the
current state of the muffles is. I am planning on showing up early to 
raise the
tenor for the nine tailors (in case we decide to ring it), so I could 
other bells before/during the service if someone knows where the muffles 
and how to put them on.

We may try to arrange a quarter following the service, so if you are 
planning on
going, please email me tonight or call me tomorrow (617-733-3671).


Quoting Laura Dickerson <lauradi erols com>:
> Rev. Golledge was the vicar at Old North when the bells got going again
> in the 1970s and during the rehanging in 1983.  He was very supportive.
> He died on Memorial day.  The service will be at 11 AM on Monday (the
> 6th) at Old North.  I'm planning to attend.  If they ask tomorrow (given
> the church's last minute tendencies) if we can ring on Monday, the
> answer for me is certainly yes.  We should ring a memorial something
> soon in any case.
> Laura Dickerson
> we found this online:
> >>Robert W. Golledge, historic church vicar
> BOSTON ? The Rev. Robert W. Golledge, the retired vicar of Old North
> Church in Boston, who welcomed hundreds of thousands of the curious and
> devout to his house of worship each year, died Monday in his home in
> Hampton, N.H. He was 72.
> Christ Church in Boston, commonly known as Old North Church, is the site
> where the lanterns were hung that set Paul Revere galloping off on his
> famous ride. It is not only a house of worship, but a stop on the
> Freedom Trail visited each year by tourists from around the world. This
> presented unique demands and opportunities for Golledge. "I like to say
> Paul Revere was my original PR man," he said in a 1991 Globe article.
> In addition to its religious services, the Episcopal church conducts
> tours for visitors, has a gift shop and has hosted a number of special
> observances, including memorial ceremonies for those who died on the
> original Patriots Day.
> "We are the most visited tourist site in Boston ? about half a million a
> year ? and Bob was a very nice, warm guy who set the tone for the place
> and opened the doors to everyone," the Rev. Stephen T. Ayres, who
> succeeded him as vicar, said Wednesday.
> "He considered Old North Church a house of prayer for all people," said
> his son Robert W. Jr., of Canton, Mass. "One minute he'd be talking to
> school kids about the meaning of freedom, the next he'd be talking to
> foreign visitors about freedom of religion. He loved it."
> During the country's bicentennial year of 1976, Golledge played host to
> separate events at which President Gerald Ford and Queen Elizabeth II
> were guests of honor at the church. "He was willing to take a chance,"
> said his son. "He invited the queen and invited the president and then
> he said, 'Oh no, what am I going to do?"'
> Golledge received visitors warmly, but he never forgot he was in the
> business of saving souls.
> "This place was 52 years old when the lanterns were placed in the
> steeple," he said in 1991, "and I'm proud that it's still in its
> original business ? the business of being a church."
> Golledge presided over many weddings and funerals. Many people seek to
> have candlelight wedding ceremonies in the 18th-century church.
> He spoke out against racial discrimination and was particularly
> outspoken during the turmoil over court-ordered school desegregation in
> Boston, when he was a member of then-Mayor Kevin H. White's special
> biracial committee on hostility and violence.
> Golledge addressed discrimination in 1976 when he was commencement
> speaker at Mount Ida College. "It will take you and me and everyone else
> to solve these problems through friendship," he said.<<
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