Heart4Robert: Emotional farewells to Rev Robert Findlay

Communities / Mon 26th Oct 2020 at 08:14am

THERE were emotional farewells to a much loved community leader as Robert Findlay retired from his role (s) within the Harlow faith community.

Rev.Robert Findlay was the heartbeat of the Heart4Harlow organisation. Since 2009, he has brought together the community, business and faith sectors.

The farewell was held on Zoom but the warmth leapt out of each and every computer.

Bishop Peter Hill of Barking described Robert’s legacy as “exceptional and tranformational”

The chair of Harlow Council, cllr Maggie Hulcoop cited him as a “huge influence on the Harlow community.”

The MP for Harlow, Robert Halfon praised his abilities to bring all the sectors together.

Robert Findlay will be best known by most people for the Heart4Harlow awards, which gave thanks and praise to all the individuals and community groups who have served Harlow.

Many speakers paid testimony to the expressive scot’s ability to persuade them to do something. As Harlow Council leader said: “It all started with a “wee word” which ended up as anything but!”

The evening was co-ordinated by Freshwaters Ron Kingsmill and St Paul’s church, Rev Martin Harris.

Rev Darren McIndoe of St Stephen’s church reported live from outside Robert’s home in Roydon to make a presentation.

It was only fitting that Rev. Robert Findlay had the last word but that included warm praise and love for his wife Chris, to whom he has been married to for 46 years.

It was also appropriate that Robert, the Good Samaritan, made parting gifts to Harlow Foodbank and Street2Homes.

He is set to retire and move to Ipswich.

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