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Tributes paid after Dean Jukes’s sudden death

24 May 2013


TRIBUTES have been paid to the the Dean of Ripon, the Very Revd Keith Jukes (right), after his sudden death at the age of 59.

On Tuesday, the diocese of Ripon & Leeds announced that Dean Jukes had died "peacefully" in Harrogate District Hospital, after being admitted hours earlier.

The Bishop of Ripon & Leeds, the Rt Revd John Packer, described the news as a "great shock", and sent his love and prayers to Dean Juke's family. "Dean Keith was greatly loved by the cathedral community, and by people in the wider city," he said. "I have lost a close colleague and personal friend."

Last Sunday, an announcement written by Dean Jukes was read at the services in Ripon Cathedral, in which he said that tests had revealed a growth in his upper abdomen which doctors had diagnosed as cancerous. He wrote: "I know that come what may, God is with me, and my life is in his hands. Please pray for me, and for Susanne and our family. God bless you all, Keith."

Dean Jukes had been in post at Ripon for six years. Bishop Packer suggested that the greatest of his achievements was his vision for the west front of the cathedral, "where glass doors now symbolise the cathedral's openness to the city".

It was announced on Tuesday that a requiem mass would be offered for Dean Jukes at Ripon Cathedral on Wednesday. Details of his funeral would follow. 


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