"Today, we have the funeral service of Mum Elizabeth at the West Lane Baptist Chapel to celebrate her life and mark her passing, and later, at Oakworth Crematorium.
Goodbye, Mother Elizabeth. May you rest in peace. Thank you for having produced the kind of daughter I never dreamed would one day be my wife. I have composed a few lines of prose to tell you what meeting Sheila did to me on that first day. It is called 'The day we fell in love.' I hope that you like it, Mum.
'The day we fell in love' by William Forde.
'I was never struck with love so sudden and so deep.
It was a love that stole my heart complete
and left me indifferent to all else that lived as I thought of only you.
The first time we met, your beauty mesmerized me in unfolding dreams.
You loved me constantly with thine eyes and seeing the passion therein I pledged thee love with mine.
All this was Cupid sent, wrapped in purity divine.
This was the day we fell in love.'
Copyright: William Forde: June 9th, 2017.