People Who Want to Wait at Stephen Hawking's Funeral Can not Join the Service
The funeral of the beloved Physicist, which takes place on March 31 in the Great St. Mary's Church, becomes a private service, the Church
Mourners all over the city have to gather in front of the university church instead.
The church is just a stone's throw from Gonville and Caius, Cambridge College, where Prof. Hawking was a collaborator for more than 52 years.
Prof. Hawking died on March 14 at his home in Cambridge.
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Family, friends, and colleagues are invited to a private service on Saturday, March 31
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Prof. Hawking's children, Lucy, Robert and Tim, said they had decided to hold the funeral at Cambridge, as it is "the city he loved and loved so much."
A private reception will thereafter be held at the nearby Trinity College take place.
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In a statement released last week, the children of Prof. Hawking said: "On behalf of our entire family we express our great gratitude for all the wonderful honors to our father and to those who sent messages of condolence to us.
"Our father lived and worked in Cambridge for over 50 years. He was an integral and very recognizable part of the university and the city. That's why we decided to have his funeral in the city that he loved and loved so much.
They added, "The life and work of our father meant many things to many people, both religious and non-religious. The service will be both inclusive and traditional, reflecting the breadth and diversity of its life.
"We are grateful to Gonville & Caius College, the University of Cambridge and Trinity College, Cambridge for their help in the funeral of our Fathers Service."
Several thousand people have visited Gonville & Caius College since Professor Hawking's death to sign a condolence book.
This and an online version of the book contain thousands of heartfelt messages from well-wishers around the world