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The Revd David Charles Frederick Tudor

10 March 2017


Canon John Sykes writes:

THE Revd David Charles Frederick Tudor, who died on 16 October, aged 74, was one of those remark­able priests who were gifted in more than one dis­cipline. He trained as an electrical engineer, and worked for the Col­ogne tramways for several years as an inspector and tester of trams, wearing a marvellous uni­form, which exuded authority.

David had been a lover of trams since he was a boy, and was a member, and later trustee, of the Crich Tramway museum in Derby­shire. He was fluent in German, and maintained his friendships in that country over the years. He was or­­dained in 1973, in Exeter, and served his title at St Peter’s, Plymouth.

In 1975, he came to St Elisabeth’s, Reddish, as assistant curate, and served three years of fruitful minis­try with me in that very large urban parish. He introduced pilgrimages to Walsingham, which the young people especially enjoyed, and, after he left, the pilgrimages became an annual event.

David served in Rochdale, Goldenhill, Meir, Shef­field, and Not­­tingham hospitals, and finally as Priest-in-Charge of St George’s in the Meadows, Notting­ham: the Kel­ham Fathers’ church. He was de­­lighted to be chaplain to the Not­tingham Transport under­taking, especially as they had trams, and he continued to drive trams at Crich until ill-health prevented him.

David was a quiet reserved man with a subtle sense of humour, who was empathetic. He was a good Catholic priest in the Church of England, and served his parishes and chaplaincies with devotion and commitment. Our sympathy goes to his sister, niece, and nephew.

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