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Review of 2018: deaths

21 December 2018

Brian Walker

John Bickersteth, Bishop of Bath & Wells, speaks about peace to the crowds at the Glastonbury Festival (a CND event) in 1982. A punk fanzine, Vague, reported that the Bishop was “quite good”. See gallery for more images

John Bickersteth, Bishop of Bath & Wells, speaks about peace to the crowds at the Glastonbury Festival (a CND event) in 1982. A punk fanzine, Vagu...

DEATHS recorded among the episcopate were those of the Bishop of Yirol, the Rt Revd Simon Adut Yuang; the Rt Revd Michael Gear, former Bishop of Doncaster; the Rt Revd John Bickersteth, former Bishop of Bath & Wells; the Rt Revd Saunders Davies, former Bishop of Bangor; the Rt Revd Robert Beak, former Assistant Bishop in Marsabit, North Kenya; the Rt Revd Derek Bond, former Area Bishop of Bradwell; the Rt Revd Peter Nott, former Bishop of Norwich; and the Rt Revd Neville Chamberlain, former Bishop of Brechin.


DEATHS recorded among the clergy included those of the Revd David Adlington, Vicar of St Mary, St Eanswyth and St Saviour, Folkestone, and of St Peter’s, Folkestone; the Revd Paul Boughton, Vicar of Goring with Streatley and South Stoke; the Revd Terence Murnane, Vicar of Musbury and of Hasling­den with Grane and Stonefold. The Revd Robert Hampson, Vicar of Holy Trinity, Hermon Hill, Wanstead; the Revd Stephen Batty, Rector of the Bride Valley; the Revd Gareth Randall, Priest-in-Charge of St Bartholomew’s, Dinard, France; the Revd Jeannette Hayward, NSM of St Jude’s, Southsea; the Revd Matthew Baynes, Vicar of Overbury with Teddington, Alstone and Little Washbourne with Beckford and Ashton under Hill; the Revd Dr Peter Johnson, Vicar of West Kerrier.

Canon Maurice Simmons, former pioneering minister in the diocese of Durham; the Revd John Lowen, establisher of lay ministries; the Revd Bill Kirkpatrick, founder of Reaching Out in Earls Court, London, and pastor to HIV/AIDS patients; the Revd Dr Lionel Wickham, scholar and parish priest; Canon Anthony (A. E.) Harvey, New Testament scholar; Canon Stuart Ramsden, Anglo-Catholic stalwart; the Revd Dr John Wilkinson, scholar-priest associated with Jerusalem.

Canon Anthony Caesar with Her Majesty the Queen, in the 1980s

The Revd Dr David Walker, former Diocesan Chancellor of Swansea & Brecon; Canon Colin Craston, former synodsman and Chairman of the Anglican Consultative Council; Canon Jeffry Wilcox, former Rector of St Leonard’s, Streatham, south London; the Revd John Rowe, an electrician and priest in London diocese for 30 years; the Very Revd Peter Haynes, former Dean of Hereford; Canon William Girard, former Warden of Ferrar House; the Ven. Lawrence Peat, former Archdeacon of Westmorland and Furness.

Canon Michael Rees, former Chief Secretary of the Church Army; Canon David Wheaton, former Principal of Oak Hill; the Very Revd Dr David Edwards, former Dean of Norwich, Provost of Southwark, and leader writer of the Church Times; Canon Richard Bevan, former Vice-Dean of Carlisle; the Revd Loren Mead, founder of the Alban Institute; Canon Peter Edwards, former Senior Chaplain on the Costa Blanca.

The Revd Professor Michael Screech, Renaissance scholar; the Ven. Martin Baddeley, former Principal of the Southwark Ordination Course; Canon Jack Higham, who developed a cathedral visitor-centre at Peterborough; Canon John Townroe, former Warden of King’s College, London, at St Boniface’s College, Warminster; Canon Derek Goodman, former Diocesan Director of Education for Leicester.

Canon Anthony Caesar, former Sub Dean of the Chapels Royal and Domestic Chaplain to the Queen, organist and composer; Canon John Gunstone, authority on healing, and church historian; the Revd Walter Wade, former RNVR Chaplain on the Tyne; Canon William Watkins, hymnodist in St Davids diocese, and builder of bridges with post-war Germany; the Revd Wynford Phillips, the Church of England’s oldest priest, aged 103; the Revd Professor John Rogerson, Old Testament scholar; Canon Hugh Melinsky, former Chief Secretary of ACCM.


The Revd Lionel Wickham, with his wife, HelenDEATHS among the laity noted during the year included those of Dr Pamela Tudor-Craig (Pamela, Lady Wedgwood), art historian and medievalist; Cyrille Regis, trustee of Christians in Sport; Jimmy Armfield, former footballer, church organist, and lay canon; Rowland Cowley, eye surgeon and churchwarden in Middlesbrough; Nigel Cook, treasurer for the diocese of Edinburgh.

Dr Joan Martin, doctor, Girl Guide Adviser, and founder of a swimming club for disabled children; Sir Roger Bannister, former Master of Pembroke College, Oxford, neurologist, and record-breaking athlete; Ken Dodd, comedian; Hazel Gedge, Organist of Brecon Cathedral; Susan Young, former news editor of the Church Times.

Professor Sam Berry, biologist and Christian apologist; Gordon Appleton, church musician; Peter Stevenson, former Organist and Master of the Choristers at Portsmouth Cathedral; the Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, Barry Dodd; Dr Donald Hunt, former Master of the Choristers and Organist of Worcester Cathedral; Gervase Markham, software engineer; Dr Dewi Rees, researcher into bereavement; David Webster, former synodsman and Reader; Robert Joyce, former Organist and Master of the choristers at Llandaff Cathedral; Professor Richard Farnell, former Canon Theologian of Coventry Cathedral.Margaret Brown, former Chichester synodswoman, treasurer and membership secretary of Women Against the Ordination of Women, and chairman of the Third Province Movement, died in August.


THE deaths also occurred of Billy Graham, international evangelist from the American South; the Revd Hugh Cross, former Ecumenical Moderator of Milton Keynes; the Revd Dr Colin Morris, former broadcaster and President of the Methodist Conference.

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