The Funeral Service and Requiem Eucharist for David Howard McElderry

Here is the full recording of David’s funeral service which took place in St. George’s on Tuesday, for those of you that have either not yet had the chance to watch it or wish to reflect again on the life of a truly remarkable man.
David will be sorely missed and fondly remembered by all who knew and loved him. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.

Funeral of David McElderry

By now, you will be aware of the sad news that our friend, David McElderry died suddenly last weekend. David’s funeral will be held in The Parish Church of St George, Belfast on Tuesday 23rd February, at 12.30pm. The current Covid-19 restrictions permit us to welcome only 25 people to the congregation. Norah, David’s sister, has already drawn up the list of those who will be attending the service. To accommodate those who would otherwise attend in person, the funeral service will be broadcast online. To join us at St George’s, for the funeral, please click on the link below:

Norah Whittaker and her family regret that you will not be able to attend the funeral in person, but they would value your support by attending online.  The family also invites a charitable donation in lieu of flowers.  Please see the attached link for details:

Obituary for Mr David Howard McElderry – Died 15th February 2021

Death of Mr David McElderry

It is with great sadness that we learnt on Monday of the death of Mr David McElderry.
Some words from Mr Mark McGrath to express a reaction that is common to us all.
Mr McElderry was an absolute rock in St. George’s for all the time I’ve been around, and for a lot longer than that. For those of us who became part of the St George’s family as children or young men he was a living link to the musical history of the church, and I cannot think of anyone else who has set such an exemplary example of musicianship, dedication and decency for so many successive generations. As a member of the vestry he was not only integral to the life of the parish whose opinion was never given or taken lightly, but on many occasions also the vital link between the choir and the wider church family. Always encouraging, gentle but perceptive with his advice, and supportive of everything that the choir did. His old-fashioned formality was tempered by an almost-constant glint in the eye, and a dry wit, as well as a warmth and positivity that has been of great value to many of us. I know how much pleasure he took in recent years watching the choir flourish with Emma Gibbins and then with David and Maeve. I can’t imagine the place without him.
Mark McGrath