A STAINED glass artwork panel which has been on display in the chapel of Chester’s crematorium is being relocated thousands of miles away to Canada.
The beautiful artwork displays a bouquet of flowers and commemorated architect Philip Hewitt who designed the Blacon building in the 1960s.
Unfortunately, Mr Hewitt died before the building was finished and in the 1990s his family commissioned the artwork to commemorate his life.
His son worked with stained glass and so it was fitting for him to create the stained glass artwork in his father’s memory.
Once complete the family arranged for the artwork to be displayed in the chapel building at the crematorium where it has remained ever since.
The chapel building is due to be demolished as part of a new construction project and so arrangements were made by Cheshire West and Chester Council for the stained glass to be returned to the family.
Cllr Lynn Riley, executive member for community and environment, said: “The stained glass panel has been displayed in the crematorium’s chapel for some years and we welcomed the opportunity to return it to the Hewitt family.
“The panel is beautiful and reflects the love and devotion that went into its design and creation.
“I am sure that it will be enjoyed by the family over the coming years.”
The panel is being taken back to Canada by its creator, Bev Hewitt, who is the son of Mr Hewitt.
Bev Hewitt said: “It has been 50 years since Dad passed away and at that time the ‘new’ crematorium as it then was, had not yet been built.
“Dad never saw the finished building and was cremated at Landican in Wirral, something we have always felt sad about.
“Our Mum’s ashes, along with those of many others, were scattered on the hill overlooking the crematorium, so it will be fitting that this area will be turned into a memorial garden.”
Blacon Cllr Marie Nelson said: “This beautiful artwork has been enjoyed by the thousands of people who attend the chapel every year and it is a very fitting ending to return this stained glass window to the family
“I am sure that it will commemorate Mr Hewitt’s memory every time they view it.”
The existing chapel building will be demolished and the space used instead as a dedicated memorial garden and baby burial area.
New, modern facilities are being built on another part of the crematorium site and are due to open in the spring.