Just Jenny!

We can’t not share with those of you who couldn’t make it to Warriston yesterday what a remarkable, astounding, occasion that those of us who did experienced.

This was the send off extraordinaire

First I’d like to share the funeral card with you.

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As you can see it was themed, yes themed,  as a theatrical performance and that was entirely fitting as we had three astonishing eulogies.  Each very different, but fundamentally all the same, simply sharing the joy that Jenny had brought to each of our lives.

Then the ‘after show’.

This was a wake of truly Oirish proportions.

Simply epic.

FCT did a wonderful turn that prompted Alan himself to make a speech of thanks that was heart rending but, like everything else about the day, filled with humour.

I am told that some folks went back to Bangholm until 4 am to continue the celebration of Jenny’s life.  (The after ‘after show’ if you like.)

Of course this would have to be classed as highly irregular and in no way condonable behaviour.

Appaling people.

(I had a great time.  Thanks to all who came to our humble abode.)

And then, today, Alan shared this message on his Facebook page.  I’m sure I am in breach of something sharing with you but…what the hell.

Jenny we all love you and thank you Alan and Rene for letting us send Jenny off in EXACTLY the way she would have wanted.

This is Alan’s message…

I feel I have to write again today.

Yesterday we said our farewells to Jenny at Warriston Crematorium – no person present will ever forget the huge numbers who attended. We have been told there were more people outside than inside and although you could hear the service relayed, sorry could do nothing about the cold wind.

Rene and I are saddened somewhat that we have no means of knowing who were present plus we know that we did not speak to everyone who attended the “after show party”. It really was a party where so many were present and told more stories that we had never heard before.  

Our thanks to all who attended.

We must thank John Jones – the celebrant – who all agree was brilliant at combining the humorous with the serious and gave all something to think about. John McGillivray, who I have worked for, performed brilliantly making the right decisions when we might have suggested something else. You were correct and all the lads from Chauffeur Drive (advert) were so professional to enable the afternoon to progress so well.

David, Roy and Liam – sincere thanks for accepting the roles and performing unbelievably well. You all loved Jenny and it showed throughout. 

This cannot be completed without thanking Jennyhoggs Irish family who were present not only in person but those who could not be with us and have been in our thoughts all the time.

Friends came from all over Scotland and England as well to be part of Jens farewell – thank you.

Rene and I could not have completed Jenny’s wish of being nursed at home to the end without the truly amazing help of Kerr and Phil, Dr Gillespie, Betty and the District Nurse team, Anne and the hospice team, the Marie Curie Nurses without whom we could not have slept safe at night knowing they loved and cared for Jen( we did not even hear the door bell one night, someone come in, give Jen an injection and leave again) and finally the men and women who supplied all the kit including the bed to enable Jen to sleep well and do what we could – even if Mandy did nearly tip her out the wheelchair!

Our love and sincere thanks go to all who were with us anywhere on this journey.

God bless you all, Alan and Rene.xx

Jenny Hogg. Funeral arrangements.

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Since our last post went up Jenny’s appreciation has been read an incredible 6,000 times, literally towering over anything we’ve written here before.  We think this is testimony to the deep love that’s felt for Jenny and all of the Hoggs here at FCT.

Some people have been asking for details of what promises to be a VERY well attended funeral.  And I can now share this information with you.

The service will be held at The Lorimer Chapel at Warriston Crematorium on Friday 14th March at 3pm.

Jenny did not want flowers as you will read below (“they suck” I can hear her say) but wanted everyone to celebrate her life and, to that end, not only are we all to wear some colour but after the service we are invited back to Inverleith Church Hall on Ferry Road (FCT’s spiritual home in many ways) for what Rene and Alan are calling “the after show party”.

All of the details are in the Scotsman announcement below (one that my wife commented was the most beautiful announcement she has ever read.)

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and you can find it online by following this link.

Jenny Hogg. An appreciation.

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Jenny Hogg was a true FCTer.

Most of her life she was with us.

On stage.

Behind the scenes.

Lifting, shifting, pushing, winding (well, winding people up quite often, but always in a good way).

She was a wonderful young woman who was instant friends with everyone she met.

Always a smile, always a chuckle.  One of a kind.  Just Jenny.

So, the news, an hour ago that she has passed away after a long battle with a brain tumour is devastating to me and all who knew her.

But Rene has asked me to share with you that she was at home, as she wanted, with all her family at her bedside.

She has been supported throughout her illness by many of the FCT family which has meant a lot to her, Rene, Alan and David.

Jenny we love you and will miss you desperately.

Rene, Alan, David.  We are all thinking of you and here if you need us.

Love FCT XXX