Canon David Lickess writes:
FOR more than 60 years, the Revd Paul Carter (right), who
died on 28 September, aged 90, was a priest in Yorkshire, serving
parishes in two dioceses, and on the General Synod. He died at home
in West Tanfield, the village near Ripon to which he and his wife
had retired in 1987.
Paul had grown up at Repton School, where his father, also a
priest, taught. During the Second World War, he served in the RAF
in North Africa, used his talents as a pianist and writer of songs
to form a concert party, and accepted Jesus as his personal
Saviour. After studies at King's College, London, and Warminster,
he was ordained priest in York Minster in 1951, by the great
Archbishop Cyril Garbett.
His first curacy was in Scarborough, where the vicar he expected
to train him had just left because of ill health. He then served at
Pocklington, and married Shirley, a young woman whom he had met on
an SCM summer course. They had two children, and their marriage
remained strong through 59 years.
In 1955, he was appointed vicar of a large inner-city parish in
Hull, where he had about 100 baptisms, 100 weddings, and 100
funerals a year, for all of which he made at least three home
visits, an example of pastoral care from which some of today's
clergy could learn.
He moved in 1960 to Ripon diocese, to be Vicar of Ainderby
Steeple, near Northallerton, where he served six villages for 27
years, and a church school, and used his large record collection to
give musical evenings. Parishioners much valued his Bible-based
sermons, gentle manner, and patience.
In 1970, he was elected to the then new General Synod, where he
served for 17 years, and keenly supported the ordination of women
to the priesthood. He was later made an Hon. Canon of Ripon
Cathedral, and retired in 1987, but continued to take services, and
to give record concerts.
Preaching on the 50th anniversary of his ordination, he said
that being a priest was a great treasure and awesome
responsibility, and that the heart of the Christian faith was not a
set of rules to be obeyed, but a personal relationship with Jesus,
based on love - the love of an unchanging God in a changing
He will be remembered as a faithful priest and good friend, who
quietly got on with parish ministry, was conscientious in pastoral
care, and drew people to Christ.