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Vicar acts on Navy officers last order to give flowers to strangers

first_imgLater that day he spotted a woman in a cafe, “clearly at her wits end” looking after another woman in a wheelchair.Revd. Wroe, 55, said: ‘That’s my mum,’ she told me. ’She’s 98 and I’m her carer. I love her but she can drive me nuts.’“Later I went back with a bunch of chrysanthemums and said I wanted to thank her for looking after her mum.”Mr Webber’s death notice described him as a “Charmer, Clock-collector, Wit and RN Commander”. He died peacefully at his home at the “magnificent age of 101”.The funeral will be held at Kensal Green Crematorium at 3.45 p.m. on Friday 2nd December. It was a line in the death notice of a Royal Navy officer which inspired a heartwarming gesture of seasonal goodwill.Giving details of the forthcoming funeral of Jack Webber, known to most as Uncle Jack,  it specified that no flowers should be laid at his grave.Instead the notice, printed in the December 1 edition of the Daily Telegraph, urged people to “give a bunch of flowers to a complete stranger and tell them they’re absolutely marvellous”.One reader was so moved by Mr Webber’s last wish that he decided to act on it.Buying several bunches of carnations Martin Wroe set himself the task of approaching total strangers and presenting them with a bouquet.“What I discovered is that people are wary of a complete stranger coming up to them and offering something for free,” he told the Sunday Telegraph. “They are naturally a little bit suspicious that we expect something from them in return.”But Reverend Wroe, a writer and volunteer priest at St Luke’s church in West Holloway, said his day distributing free bunches of flowers had also taught him a powerful lesson – “that people like to be recognised for their lives”.He added: “Be kind. We’re all fighting hard battle. Maybe Christmas is just the moment for some unexpected act of generosity  – that makes someone else feel special. That could be marvellous.” The Reverend Martin Wroe in north London, where he gave flowers to strangers, in accordance with Jack Webber’s last wishesCredit:John Nguyen/JNVisuals/The Telegraph Jack Webber's death notice, and his unusual request. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.center_img Revd. Rowe, a writer and non-stipendiary priest, first approached an elderly man in motorized chair, smoking a roll up.“I said to him ‘I’ve a gift for you,’ brandishing my bouquet,” said Revd. Wroe. “He said ‘You don’t know me, mate’. Reasonably enough. I know, I said but I’ve decided to tell people they’re marvellous and give them some flowers.“Can I give them to my young lady?’ he asked. I agreed. ‘Well, Merry Christmas to you mate,’ he said.”Revd. Wroe decided it might be less awkward to present his flowers to people in his north London community who he recognised, if only in passing.He presented his next bouquet to a Lollipop lady helping children in Holloway to cross the road on the way to school.“Her face lit up as I gave her a bunch of roses. She grabbed me in a hug and gave me a kiss. ‘Oh, bless you,’ she said. ‘I only threw mine out yesterday.” recounted Revd. Wroe, who told his story on BBC Radio 4’s Thought for the Day yesterday. Jack Webber’s death notice, and his unusual request.Credit:The Telegraph The Reverend Martin Wroe in north London, where he gave flowers to strangers, in accordance with Jack Webber's last wisheslast_img read more