(From Claude Isaacs – delivered by Monsignor Jeremy Fairhead)
Therese Hyacinth was the dear daughter of the late Florence and late Clarence Isaacs (originally of Colombo, Sri Lanka – formally Ceylon). She was the second oldest, the first of three girls in the family. When she moved to England from Sri Lanka, she joined her brother Maxie and made her home at 11 Chestnut Grove in Wembley. There she was part of the parish of St. George’s Church, where she made many friends and acquaintances. Much of her efforts were concentrated towards service of God, but illness prevented her from giving more of her time towards the end.
Being a strong practicing Catholic, Hyacinth had many virtues that dominated her life. She was kind, gentle, meek, and mild. Full of humility, she always reached out to the poor and needy towards whom she showed much love and compassion.
Always thinking of others, Hyacinth never failed to remember her loved one’s birthdays and special occasions. Even at the end, she had 60th birthday wishes for her nephew Ronnie in Canada whom she loved very much.
Hyacinth was a hard-working individual who took great pride in her job in the hotel industry. When she retired, her co-workers missed her very much.
Her other talents, like sewing and cooking, shone like a beacon in her life.
Hyacinth had many friends all over the world especially in the UK, Canada, Australia, and Sri Lanka. They would always turn out to visit her and always remembered every minute of their visit. And she had much love for every one of them.
Her faith was a big part of her life. She participated in many pilgrimages to such shrines as Lourdes in France, Fatima in Portugal, the Holy Land, Knock in Ireland, and Walsingham in England.
The two people who stood by her side through good times as well as in the darkest days of her life were her sister Rita, and her brother Max. When her cross of suffering was heaviest, they stood firm and left it all in the hands of God. So unwavering was their faith and understanding, they did all they could to keep Hyacinth comfortable in her home.
In conclusion, like Saint Paul, the time for Therese Hyacinth’s departure has come. She fought the good fight, she finished the race, and she kept her faith throughout. Now, God willing, she will be with the Father in Heaven, together with all his Angels and Saints. From now on, there is reserved for her, the crown of righteousness which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give her on that day. Not only to her, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.
A little prayer to someone with much love and compassion: May your light shine on all those around you so that they will have beautiful memories and give glory to God in Heaven.
Therese supported the Moorfields Eye Hospital Charity. Should you wish to make a donation, please go to