Graham Maule

24/09/1958 – 29/12/2019

“tell him that we love him, and we miss him”

It is with the deepest sorrow that we have to tell you that our dearly loved friend and colleague Graham Maule, artist and musician, founding member of the Wild Goose Resource Group and staff member of the Iona Community for many years, died peacefully on Sunday 29th December after a short illness.  A full obituary will follow in due course.


Graham’s funeral service will take place on Friday 10th January at 11.00 in St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral, 300 Great Western Rd, Glasgow G4 9JB.  For details of public transport, parking etc. please see this information sheet In addition to the information given on the sheet, another possibility is to use one of the subway Park and Ride carparks  The nearest one is at Kelvinbridge but the Shields Road Park and Ride is very usefully placed for getting on to the M77 to get to Craufurdland.  It is about 12 minutes on the subway from George Cross to Shields Road

The Burial will follow at Craufurdland Natural Woodland Burial Ground, near Fenwick in Ayrshire. Directions will be given at the funeral, (and also below) or see: Please note that whatever the prevailing weather conditions, access to the woodland burial site will be muddy so please bring appropriate footwear and warm outer clothing.

Thereafter there will be a time for meeting and light refreshments in the auditorium at Oran Mor, which is at the Botanic Gardens junction of Great Western Rd and Byres Rd, G12 8QX, from 14.30 to 18.30.


Go, silent friend, your life has found its ending:
to dust returns your weary, mortal frame.
God, who before birth called you into being,
now calls you hence, his accent still the same.
Go, silent friend, your life in Christ is buried;
for you He lived and died and rose again.
Close by His side your promised place is waiting
where, fully known, you shall with God remain.

Go, silent friend. Forgive us if we grieved you;
safe now in heaven, kindly say our name.
Your life has touched us, that is why we mourn you;
our lives without you cannot be the same.
Go, silent friend, we do not grudge you glory.
Sing, sing with joy deep praises to your Lord.
You, who believed that Christ would come back for you,
now celebrate that Jesus keeps his word.

Text: John L. Bell & Graham Maule
Tune: Londonderry Air




 Leave the M77 at the Fenwick turn off. (Junction 7, B778 exit  B751/Kilmaurs/Stewarton/Fenwick)

Drive through Fenwick.

About half a mile past the Kings Arms pub there is a sign on the left for the Woodlands Burial Site.

After about 500yds, turn left. (Again there is a sign)

The burial site is about 1 mile down that road.

Don’t use the postcode on the website in your SatNav as it wil take you to the estate rather than the Woodland Burial site. 

However, “Craufurdland Woods Burial site” does appear in Google maps.

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24 Responses to Graham Maule

  1. Mary M. Agbo says:

    Saddened to hear of Graham’s death. But Heaven’s Choirs will be the richer.

  2. Molly McGavigan says:

    A great loss to so many especially the Iona Community. I shall always be grateful for his inspiring words and music. He and is community are in my thoughts and prayers

  3. Lynn Busfield says:

    Such sad news – but thank you for sharing with one of his many songs that will live on. His collaborative work with John Bell has enriched my life and ministry as priest and hospital chaplain beyond measure. His songs provide a fitting epitaph for the humble genius that he was.

    • Pat Bennett says:

      So good to hear that Lynn. He touched so many people’s lives over the years – but was always so modest and unassuming about that…

  4. Philip Jakob says:

    Unfortunately the distance from Florida prevents me from being with you on Friday and having laughed, sung and supped alongside him on so many occasions that is where I would want to be.

    I will hold Graham and his family and friends and the wider circle of the Iona Community in prayer at the same time as his funeral. My heart goes out to his colleagues in the office and especially to John who has been a real friend.

    I am heartened to imagine that Graham and Mairi will now be re-creating the worship spaces of heaven. That should keep them both busy!

    • Pat Bennett says:

      Thank you Phil – and we know that you, and many others who can’t come because of distance or other commitments will still be with us in spirit.

  5. Sally Miller says:

    I feel like one who ‘sings the songs’ of my soul has gone. I am grateful to have the gift of his talents to carry us all forward. Blessings in your grief, and comfort. Peace Sally.

    • Pat Bennett says:

      Thank you Sally. May you find comfort and consolation in the rich treasury of words and wisdom which are Graham’s enduring gift to us all.

  6. is there anything said not said already
    tears will not bring him back
    hearing your music and words spoken on cd/or tape
    or the sermon iun stone dvd of years ago
    yet within my age range like in 2000
    We miss him yet in a ways many His spirit is still here today and God among us
    Amen home for tea and change for social scenes later or later in hours

    • Pat Bennett says:

      Thank you Fiona – and yes, although we will miss him terribly, his spirit will live on in many ways, especially through all the lives which were changed because of his.

  7. Cilla McKenna says:

    I only heard about Graham’s passing two days ago, and still can’t take it in. We had been friends for over 40 years. Not only was he a very talented musician, he also had a great sense of fun – something which I will never forget. My prayers are with Margaret (his mother) and his two sisters at this difficult time.

  8. Maxwell Macleod says:

    Around about the time that George Macleod left the leadership of the IC he remarked that he hoped he would never be very happy on iona again as if he was then the project would just be standing still. The initiative that John Bell and Graham Maule pioneered has helped revitalise church music in hundreds of churches all around the world, it has become one of the finest jewells in the Iona Community’s crown and a huge part of this achievement has been down to Graham’s originality of thought and warm charm. He will go down in history as a key player in the re-imagining of church music in his generation. George was thrilled at his work in taking the Iona project forward on the global stage. A stone to his cairn.

  9. Paul Heppleston says:

    1135 on Friday 11th January.
    At St Mary’s church now are his friends – with the gathered warmth of thoughts from so many others from all over. A crowd of love. And thinking about that ‘special song’ about silent friends….we can know that Graham has not ‘gone’ anywhere – he has in fact come closer. Despite our grief there is no going or loss – only coming and gain.

    • Pat Bennett says:

      It was indeed a great ‘crowd of love’ Paul. And yes, despite the grief there was also much to celebrate and take strength and encouragement from.

  10. Graham Pharo says:

    His courage in promoting the causes he felt so deeply about is greatly appreciated and his collaboration musically with John Bell will continue to enrich all our lives. Thank you, brother.

  11. Graham has inspired us on our studytrips with Swiss ministry trainees in the last three years. We are sad to hear that news. He was a wonderful host, gave us wonderful introductions to his views on liturgy and ministry, he read the bible in German during a weewonderbox liturgy and he was a good storyteller with a lot of humour.

  12. Marty Presdee says:

    Saddened to hear of the passing of such a wonderful and gifted soul. The Community’s loss is heaven’s gain as he joins in the eternal choir. My thoughts and prayers will be with you all, especially at the time of the funeral.

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