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Review of the Year 2020: Deaths

18 December 2020

Mary Frances Shjonberg/Episcopal News Service

The Rt Revd Barbara C. Harris. See gallery for more photos

The Rt Revd Barbara C. Harris. See gallery for more photos

THE death of the Rt Revd Barbara C. Harris, former Suffragan Bishop of Massachusetts and the first woman bishop in the Anglican Communion, was recorded during the year.

Among other deaths among the episcopate were those of the Rt Revd Ronald Bowlby, former Bishop of Newcastle and of Southwark; the Rt Revd Frederick Darwent, former Bishop of Aberdeen & Orkney; the Rt Revd David Bentley, former Bishop of Gloucester; the Rt Revd Simon Barrington-Ward, former Bishop of Coventry; the Rt Revd John Dennis and the Rt Revd Richard Lewis, former Bishops of St Edmundsbury & Ipswich; and the Rt Revd John Neale and the Rt Revd Peter Vaughan, former Bishops of Ramsbury.


AMONG the clergy, deaths recorded included those of the Revd Edward Rennard, Team Rector in the Blyth Team Ministry; the Revd Nigel Orchard, Vicar of Christ the Redeemer, Southall; the Revd Deepthi Wickremasinghe, NSM of St Christopher’s, Walworth, and Chaplain of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; the Revd Peter Holmes, Vicar of St Peter’s, Norbiton; the Revd Ian Charlesworth, Rector of Llandefalle and Llyswen with Boughrood and Llanstephen with Talachddu; the Revd Timothy Jeffreys, Vicar of Christ Church, Brixton Road, London; the Revd William Gammon, Rector of Woodston.

The Revd Professor Jim Packer, Evangelical theologian; the Very Revd Patrick Mitchell, former Dean of Wells and of Windsor; the Revd Paul Nicolson, anti-poverty campaigner; the Revd David Johnson, clerical humorist; Canon Alan Luff, former Precentor of Westminster Abbey and hymnologist; the Very Revd John Rogan, former Provost of St Paul’s Cathedral, Dundee.

Canon John Armson, former Principal of Edinburgh Theological College; the Revd Beau Brandie, Chief Steward of the Walsingham National Pilgrimage; the Ven. Raymond Ravenscroft, former Archdeacon of Cornwall; Canon Ken Peters, long-serving Mission to Seafarers chaplain and leading figure in maritime ministry; the Revd Derek Bastide, former religious educationist; Canon John Rogan, former Provost of St Paul’s Cathedral, Dundee.

The Very Revd Peter Marshall, former Dean of Worcester; the Very Revd Trevor Owens, former Dean of Bangor; Prebendary Bill Scott, former Domestic Chaplain to the Queen and Vicar of St Mary’s, Bourne Street; the Revd John Papworth, former activist and magazine founder; the Very Revd Kenneth Robinson, former Dean of Holy Trinity Cathedral, Gibraltar; the Revd Gerald Reddington, former chairman of Centrepoint; Canon Brian Cook, actor and guiding light of RADIUS.

The Ven. Edward Shirras, former Archdeacon of Northolt; the Ven. Alan Wolstencroft, former Archdeacon of Manchester; the Ven. Frederick George, former Archdeacon of St Helena; Canon John Nurser, former Chancellor of Lincoln Cathedral; Prebendary Patrick Dearnley, former Archbishops’ Officer for Urban Priority Areas; the Ven. David Rogers, former Archdeacon of Craven.


DEATHS among the laity noted during the year included those of the philosopher Sir Roger Scruton; Dr Graham Maule, well-known member of the Iona Community; Derek Barsham, former boy soprano; Jennifer Bate, organist; Sir John Houghton, climatologist; Gos Home, founder of the Christian Resources Exhibition; Dr Frank Robson, former Registrar of the Province of Canterbury; Diane Parker, Reader and synodswoman; David Briggs, former Headmaster of King’s College Choir School, Cambridge; J. R. Lucas, philosopher; Clive Wright, former chairman of SPCK; Professor Nicholas Temperley, musicologist; Sylvia Brantingham, fomerly of the General Synod Office; Sylvia Hearn, long-serving needlewoman of Watts & Co.; Jane Parker-Smith, organist; Stuart King, co-founder of the Mission Aviation Fellowship; Helen Taylor-Thompson, co-founder of the Mildmay AIDS hospice; Dr Arthur Wills, cathedral musician and composer; Sir John Margetson, former diplomat and chairman of the RSCM; Sister Margaret Paul CSP, long-serving Mother Superior; Anne Phillips, former medical missionary.


THE deaths also occurred of the Revd Geoffrey Kirk, former Secretary of Forward in Faith; the Revd Bernard Thorogood, fomer General Secretary of the United Reformed Church; the Christian apologist Ravi Zaharias; Fuad Nahdi, co-founder of the Christian Muslim Forum; the Revd Professor Mary-Anne Plaatjies van Huffel, Africa President of the WCC; Bishop Johannes Hempel, former President of the WCC; and Rabbi Lord Sacks, former Chief Rabbi.

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