A correspondent writes:
THE Ven. Peter Dawson, who died on the feast of the Epiphany, aged
83, will be remembered fondly, primarily as a pastor in the
parishes and dioceses where he served.
He was educated at Manchester Grammar School and Keble College,
Oxford. There, he first met Maurice Wood, who later invited him to
become Archdeacon of Norfolk in the Norwich diocese (1977-93).
After training at Ridley Hall, Cambridge, he went as curate to
the parish of Morden in Surrey. He returned there as Rector, after
two incumbencies at Barston, Warwickshire, and St Clement's
Openshaw, in Manchester. Rural ministry was always close to his
heart: he wrote a mid-service research project at St George's
Windsor in 1976, Criteria for the Countryside, which was
followed by his appointment to Norfolk. He always said that he
would have been a farmer if he hadn't been a clergyman. After his
retirement, he continued a supportive ministry in Suffolk and
Peter leaves his wife, Kathleen, whom he married in 1955, a
brother, three daughters, a son, and eight grandchildren.