The following letter will be read at Robert Lavender's memorial service at the Unitarian Church of Westport, CT, on October 30, 2010.
Dear family and friends of Bob Lavender,
On behalf of the entire Unitarian Universalist Association, I send my deepest sympathies and condolences on the passing of Robert Lavender. I did not know Bob personally, but I am well aware of his long and significant service to the cause of Unitarian Universalism. As the elected Financial Advisor of the UUA from 1981 to 1989, Bob contributed untold wisdom and hours to his role with the UUA. From his first report to the General Assembly in Brunswick, Maine, and on through the years, he provided steady, reliable guidance and thoughtful advice.
Bob’s service was not limited to this, however. I know he also was a vital and important member of your congregation for decades, serving as chairperson at the Unitarian Church of Westport and as secretary of the Metro New York District Board.
His involvement at the UUA and here in Westport stands as a testament to the values and principles we all hold dear. By gladly shouldering the responsibilities of Financial Advisor, and by choosing in this way to live his faith, Bob has made the work of our association more effective and successful.
In this time of sadness, I know we all understand the importance of celebrating his life and his achievements. So it is with sincere gratitude that I say thank you, Robert Lavender, for your contributions to Unitarian Universalism. Your dedication is well remembered.
Unitarian Universalist Association