A large congregation gathered at St George's Cathedral on Wednesday evening to remember Barry Albin-Dyer at a Requiem Mass celebrated by the Archbishop of Southwark.
Probably Britain's best-known funeral director, Barry Albin-Dyer died on 6 June. He had been diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2013.
Concelebrating priests at Wednesday's Mass included cathedral dean Fr Richard Hearn, his predecessor Canon John O'Toole and Holy Trinity Dockhead parish priest Canon Alan McLean.
The Anglican Southwark Cathedral was represented by the succentor, Revd Stephen Stavrou.
The prayers were led by Emerson de Luca, managing director of Albin International Repatriation.
He was educated at Bacon's School in Page's Walk where he became head boy.
His father George Dyer was a senior manager at Albin's and Barry got a holiday job with the firm at the age of nine.
Known as 'Barry from Albin's' from a young age, he changed his name to Barry Albin-Dyer when he took over the long-established funeral firm in 1985.
Albin-Dyer was awarded the OBE in the Queen's birthday honours in 2010 in recognition of his work on the repatriation of the bodies of British soldiers killed in Afghanistan.
The following year the whole company of FA Albin & Sons was awarded the freedom of the London Borough of Southwark by unanimous vote of the council.
Albin-Dyer had also served as a magistrate and a deputy lieutenant of Greater London.
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