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Review of 2012: Obituaries

21 December 2012

DEATHS among the episcopate included those of the Rt Revd Michael Mann, former Dean of Windsor; the Rt Revd Dr Kenneth Cragg, Islamic scholar and former assistant bishop in the Jerusalem archbishopric; the Rt Revd Clarence Pope, former Bishop of Fort Worth; the Rt Revd Ambrose Weekes, former Chaplain of the Fleet, Dean of Gibraltar, and Suffragan Bishop in Europe; the Rt Revd Dr Mazilimani Azariah, former General Secretary of the Church of South India, and later Bishop in Madras.

The Rt Revd Kobina Quashie, former Bishop of Cape Coast; the Rt Revd Roger White, former Bishop of Milwaukee; the Rt Revd Anthony Dumper, former Suffragan Bishop of Dudley; the Rt Revd Eric Devenport, former Suffragan Bishop of Dunwich; the Rt Revd K. H. Ting, the last Bishop of Zhejiang, and leader of the Protestant Church in China.

DEATHS among the clergy included those of the Revd John Suddards, Vicar of Thornbury and Oldbury-on-Severn with Shepperdine, who was murdered in February; the Revd Alyn Haskey, associate priest at St Christopher with St Philip, Sneinton; the Revd Christopher Jones, Policy Officer for Home Affairs in the Mission and Public Affairs Division of the Archbishops' Council; the Revd Tom Heffer, General Secretary of the Mission to Seafarers.

Canon James Colling, Rector of Warrington at the time of the IRA bombing, and former Chaplain to the Queen; the Revd Dr Dudley Clarke, former Chaplain of Monkton Combe School; Canon Thomas Smail, former Vice-Principal of St John's College, Nottingham; the Revd Dr Alan Megahey, schoolmaster and historian; the Revd John Pollock, Christian biographer; Canon Dick France, New Testament scholar and a former Principal of Wycliffe Hall, Oxford; Canon Thomas Christie, a former chairman of Church House Publishing; Canon Charles Shells, founder of the Painting and Prayer Movement.

The Ven. Dr David Griffiths, former Archdeacon of Berkshire; Canon Simon Mein, former Chaplain of St Andrew's School, Delaware; the Revd Cuthbert Mather, former Rector of Needham and Rushall, and in holy orders for 72 years; the Revd Dillwyn Thomas, former Vicar of All Saints', Penarth, and Canon of Llandaff Cathedral; Canon Eric James, former Director of Christian Action, noted for his work for the report Faith in the City.

The Revd Ronald Swain, possibly the oldest Anglican priest in England at 103; the Revd John Swallow, former Rector of West Mersea with East Mersea; the Very Revd John Lang, former BBC Head of Religious Broadcasting, and Dean of Lichfield; Canon Patrick Kent, former Chaplain of St Chad's College, Durham; Canon Reginald Askew, former Principal of Salisbury and Wells Theological College, and Dean of King's College, London; Canon Ernest Brown, former Vicar of Thurnby with Stoughton; Prebendary James Trevelyan, Companion of the Society of St Francis, and sailor.

The Very Revd Ian Watt, former Provost of St Ninian's Cathedral, Perth, and Dean of St Andrews, Dunkeld & Dunblane diocese; Canon John Turner, former Precentor of Lichfield Cathedral; the Revd Humphrey Newman, successively Vicar of Welling and of St John's, Penge, and Rector of Knockholt; the Revd Richard Blakeway-Phillips, botanist; the Revd Professor Christopher Evans, New Testament scholar; the Revd Robin Denniston, former publisher at OUP, and former chairman of Mowbray's.

The Revd Iris Thomas, the first woman to be made deacon in the Church in Wales; Canon John Spence, former Bush Brother, and Bishop's Chaplain at Truro; Canon Michael Baker, Chaplain to Northamptonshire County Cricket Club; the Revd Graham Hullett, motorcyclist; Canon Paul Carter, for 60 years a priest in Yorkshire; the Revd John Chapman, Australian evangelist; the Revd Alistair McGlashan, missionary in Tamil Nadu and psychoanalyst; the Revd Dr Peter Staples, lecturer in church history at Utrecht; the Very Revd Michael Till, former Dean of King's College, Cambridge, Archdeacon of Canterbury, and Dean of Winchester; the Very Revd Richard Eyre, former Dean of Exeter.


DEATHS among lay people included the Earl Ferrers, former High Steward of Norwich Cathedral; the Lady Runcie, pianist, restorer of Lambeth Palace Garden, and widow of the late Archbishop of Canterbury; Sir Stuart Bell, former Third Church Estates Commissioner; Sir Philip Ledger, former Director of Music at King's College, Cambridge; Sir Bernard Lovell, first Director of Jodrell Bank Observatory.

Dr Ruth Etchells, first female principal of a C of E theological college; Professor John Hick, theologian; Professor Suzanne Martineau, ecumenist; Leonard Rosoman, artist; Chuck Colson, founder of the Prison Fellowship; Dr John Birch, organist, choral director, and teacher; Dora Saint (Miss Read), teacher and novelist; Billy Neely, former boy soprano; Major Kenneth Adams, businessman and church administrator.

Christopher Chapman, former Vice-Principal of St John's College, York; Carlo Curley, international concert organist; Tony Bishop, in- terpreter and Russophile inspirer of the Philokalia Society; Valerie Eliot, T. S. Eliot's widow and editor; Jhan Moskowitz, a founder of Jews for Jesus; Donald Wright, former Secretary to the Crown Appointments Commission; Anthony Cooke, former director of music at Leeds Grammar School; Derek Wills, for 65 years chorister of St Barnabas's, Linthorpe.

Patrick Locke, former Secretary of the Church Commissioners; Lionel Wadeson, former Assistant Secretary of the Church Assembly and the General Synod; Kathleen Lee, former nursing missionary in China; Jonathan Harvey, composer.

AMONG Roman Catholic, Orthodox, and Free Church clergy whose deaths were noted were the Coptic Pope Shenouda III; Ignatius IV, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church of Antioch and All the East; Patriarch Maxim of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church; Patriarch Abune Paulos of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church; Cardinal Carlo Martini, former Roman Catholic Archbishop of Milan; Mathews Mar Barnabas, former Metropolitan of the the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church; the Revd Dr Ray Davey, founder of the Corrymeela Community.

The Rt Revd Kuno Pajula, former Archbishop of the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church; the Rt Revd Mack Boyd Stokes, bishop in the United Methodist Church.


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