The Ven. Brian Harris writes:
A DEANERY lay chairman once commented to me that Bishop Colin
Scott, who died on 1 April, aged 80, was both a gentle man and a
Countless people in Manchester diocese, both lay and clergy,
remember him with great affection for his friendship, his absolute
trustworthiness as far as confidences were concerned, and his
scrupulous fairness in his judgements. He was not partisan in his
theology or his approach to people.
Although these may sound like the sine qua non of all
priestly and episcopal ministry, they are qualities that were
particularly valued in Colin.
Colin John Fraser Scott was educated at Berkhamsted School, and
read natural sciences at Queens' College, Cambridge, before
theological training at Ridley Hall. He was made deacon in 1958 in
Southwark, and, after serving curacies at St Barnabas's, Clapham
Common, and St James's, Hatcham, became Vicar of St Mark's,
In 1977, Bishop Mervyn Stockwood appointed him vice-chairman of
the diocesan pastoral committee, and, after seven years with
important diocesan responsibilities, he became Team Rector in the
Sanderstead Team Ministry.
He represented Southwark on the General Synod, and was a much
respected member of the panel of chairmen of that body. I remember
him occupying the chair superbly, and being unflustered for some of
the large and very public debates at that time. Canon Scott of
Southwark was renowned in General Synod circles, and the qualities
for which he was revered there stood him in good stead as he moved
to episcopal ministry.
In 1984, he was consecrated Suffragan Bishop of Hulme, when the
Bishop of Manchester, Stanley Booth-Clibborn, was inaugurating an
area episcopal scheme in the diocese. Bishop Scott and Margaret,
his wife, opened their home generously to clergy and laypeople in
the area. Clergy and their wives and, later, husbands appreciated
the graciousness of the welcome, the complete lack of ostentation,
and the real interest in and concern for them as individuals. Every
dinner party ended with a trip up to the chapel, which Colin had
had installed in the house, for the office of compline. This
indicated the place of prayer at the heart of his ministry.
In the diocese, Colin chaired the Board for Church and Society,
and as such was responsible for a number of employed staff who
spoke highly of his leadership and understanding. He was closely
involved with the diocesan link with Lahore in Pakistan, which he
visited, and whose bishop he entertained in Manchester. Beyond the
diocese, he was chairman of the Council for the Care of Churches
from 1994 to 1998, a position that placed him at the interface
between the Church and State over the difficult and developing
issues connected with church buildings.
After his retirement, he became an assistant bishop in the
diocese of Leicester, and again provided much appreciated and
typically low-profile support and encouragement for the clergy and
their families. He and Margaret became much valued and loved
members of the congregation and community of Ashby-de-la-Zouch.
He also became more publicly engaged in the Anglican Pacifist
Fellowship, a cause dear to his heart. He had not undertaken
National Service in the armed forces as a young man, but had worked
in farming, and, while set in the middle of the great cities of
Manchester and Salford, he enjoyed alluding with a twinkle in his
eye to his detailed knowledge of sheep and of rural customs.
After some years of happy retirement in Ashby, he suffered a
stroke. Increasing ill-health restricted his activity, and, for the
past few years, he lived in a nursing home in Shepshed. For a man
to whom family life meant so much, this separation must have been
dreadfully frus-trating, but, when I visited him,he never
complained. Margaret's care and devotion during his ill-ness had to
be seen to be be-lieved.
He is survived by Margaret, their son and two daughters, and
their much loved six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.