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17 May 2013

The Revd Dr Nicholas Cranfield writes:

THE Revd Leslie Eden, who died on 10 May, aged 93, first came to All Saints', Blackheath, as a chorister in the 1920s. As a choir man, he met his beloved Elaine there, and their son, Graham, was baptised there. Elaine died in 2002, and he is survived by Graham, with whom he latterly lived in Market Rasen.

In his working life, Fr Leslie was an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute. His vocation to be a "worker priest" placed him among the first to be ordained from the Southwark Ordination Course in 1969, serving in his home parish of St James's, Kidbrooke, until his retirement in 1994.

After retirement, he was associated first with St Nicholas's, Kidbrooke, and then with All Saints', Blackheath, from 2000. It was there that he concelebrated at a mass to mark his 90th birthday in August 2009, shortly before moving to Lincolnshire.

His funeral will take place at a private cremation conducted at Lincoln by Canon Jeffrey Heskins on 22 May, and there will be a mass of thanksgiving and memorial service later in the summer at All Saints', Blackheath.

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