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Stephen Hawking's funeral to be held at Great St Mary's Cambridge

By Gemma Gardner

Professor Stephen Hawking in March 2015 . Picture: Andre Pattenden
Professor Stephen Hawking in March 2015 . Picture: Andre Pattenden

The funeral of Professor Stephen Hawking, who died last week aged 76, will take place at Great St Mary's on Easter Saturday, his family announced today (Tuesday, March 20).

The church, the University Church in Cambridge, is just a stone’s throw from Gonville & Caius, the college where Professor Hawking was a fellow for over 52 years.

Family, friends and colleagues are being invited to the private service, which will take place at 2pm on March 31, 2018.

Professor Hawking’s children, Lucy, Robert and Tim, said they had chosen to hold the funeral in Cambridge in recognition that it is “the city that he loved so much, and which loved him”.

In tribute to the fact that both religious and non-religious people had been affected by their father’s work, the service would be “both inclusive and traditional, reflecting the breadth and diversity of his life”.

A private reception will be held afterwards at Trinity College, also close by.

In a statement, Professor Hawking’s children said: “On behalf of our whole family we want to express our huge gratitude for all the wonderful tributes to our father and to those who have sent us messages of condolence.

“Our father lived and worked in Cambridge for over 50 years. He was an integral and highly recognisable part of the university and the city. For this reason, we have decided to hold his funeral in the city that he loved so much and which loved him. Our father’s life and work meant many things to many people, both religious and non-religious. So, the service will be both inclusive and traditional, reflecting the breadth and diversity of his life.

“We would like to thank Gonville & Caius College, the University of Cambridge and Trinity College, Cambridge for their assistance with our father’s funeral service.”

Several thousand people have visited Gonville & Caius since Professor Hawking’s death to sign a book of condolence. This and an online version of the book contain thousands of heartfelt messages from well-wishers all over the world.


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