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21 September 2012

Canon Richard Kirton writes:

Further to your obituary of the Rt Revd Anthony Dumper ( Gazette, 7 September): after he returned to the United Kingdom, he stayed in contact with the dioceses of Singapore and West Malaysia, where he served so well. Until recently, he has frequently visited and befriended people of both dioceses, and a succession of bishops have been very grateful to him for the tactful advice and counsel which from time to time he gave. It was offered only on request, and with real humility, and with an ear for new insights, challenges and directions.

He chaired the Singapore and West Malaysian Diocesan Association, from the 1970s until 2010, and led the Association in its task of being a means through which people who had worked in Singapore or Peninsula Malaysia could keep in touch. He worked alongside mission advisers in Lichfield diocese, seeking to make their partnership with the church in South East Asia creative and vibrant.

I also wish to underline what Samantha Setchell has said about his kindness and thoughtfulness. We of the Association are all very grateful to him.


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