18 January 2013


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 Milnthorpe, Cumbria.

Peter leaves his wife, Kathleen, whom he married in 1955, a brother, three daughters, a son, and eight grandchildren.

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