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Review of the year 2022: deaths

23 December 2022

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Dr Francis Jackson rehearsing the choristers of York Minister in the song school, in 1961

Dr Francis Jackson rehearsing the choristers of York Minister in the song school, in 1961

QUEEN ELIZABETH II, who had reigned since 1952, died on 8 September, aged 96, having appointed a new Prime Minister only two days before her death.


THE Greek Orthodox (and former Anglican) scholar Metropolitan Kallistos Ware died during the year. Other deaths among the episcopate included those of the Rt Revd Brian Hannon, former Bishop of Clogher; the Rt Revd David Njovu, former Bishop of Lusaka, in Zambia; the Rt Revd Ted Luscombe, former Bishop of Brechin; the Rt Revd Peter Lee, former Bishop of Virginia; the Rt Revd Arthur Malcolm, Australia’s first Indigenous bishop; the new Bishop of Mpwapwa, Tanzania, the Rt Revd George Chiteto; the Most Revd John Ramadhani, former Archbishop of Tanzania; the Rt Revd Peter Dawes, former Bishop of Derby.


MEMBERS of the clergy whose deaths were recorded included the Ven. Anthony Comber, former Archdeacon of Leeds; the Ven. Alan Clarkson, former Archdeacon of Winchester; the Very Revd Colin Semper, former broadcaster, Provost of Coventry, and Canon of Westminster; the Very Revd Richard Lewis, former Dean of Wells.

The Revd Stephen Grey, Team Vicar in the Newton Team Ministry and Area Dean of Winwick; the Revd Graham Coles, Vicar of Cubbington; the Revd Jonathan Watkins, Vicar of Knutton; the Revd Ronald Corne, Chaplain in Puerto de la Cruz with La Palma; Prebendary William Cave-Brown-Cave, Chaplain to Wiltshire Police and Salisbury Diocesan Inter-Faith Adviser; the Revd Peter Jackson, Chaplain of Holy Trinity, Nice, with Vence.

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The Revd Brother Ælred OC of Ewell Monastery; the Revd Andrew Henderson, who worked with HIV and AIDS patients; the Revd Robert Carter, a Church Times crossword contributor; the Revd Tony Crowe, a noted liberal churchman in Southwark diocese; the Revd Jean Mayland, former Synodswoman and MOW campaigner.

The Revd Peter Watkins, who was Vicar of St Matthew’s, Ealing, for 48 years; Canon Paul Iles, former Precentor of Hereford Cathedral; the Revd Dr Alan Wilkinson, church historian; the Revd Dr Thaddeus Birchard, former Vicar of St John’s, Hyde Park, and a psychotherapist; Canon Frances Briscoe, former Synodswoman and servant of the Church in the North; Canon Peter Nicholson, former General Secretary of St Luke’s Hospital for the Clergy; Canon John Rowlands, former Warden of St Michael’s College, Llandaff; the Revd Barry Tomlinson, former parish priest.

Prebendary John Asbridge, supporter of the BAME community in west London; the Revd Dr Jenny Gage, theologian of self-supporting ministry; Canon John Toy, former Chancellor of York Minster; the Revd James Roose-Evans, Jungian spiritual director and founder of the Hampstead Theatre; Canon John Wheatley Price, former Archdeacon of Soroti, Uganda, and Maseno North, Kenya; the Revd Anthony Couchman, former Vicar of St Barnabas’s, Walthamstow; Canon David Scott, priest-poet; the Revd William Wheeldon, former Principal of the College of the Resurrection, Mirfield; the Revd John King, former editor of The Church of England Newspaper; the Revd Dr Leslie Houlden, New Testament scholar, former Principal of Cuddesdon and Professor of Theology at King’s College, London.


DEATHS among the laity included those of Sister Catherine Wybourne, the “digital nun”; Sister Benedicta Ward SLG, historian; Roger Norris, former Librarian of Durham Cathedral and expert on its stained glass; Rosemary Nutt, Operations Director of McCabe Pilgrimages; John S. Peart-Binns, episcopal biographer; Patricia Rutherford, former teacher; Harvey Thomas, former director of Billy Graham’s rallies.

Sir William Fittall, former Secretary-General of the General Synod; Paul Martin, artist; Gerald Coates, founder of the Pioneer network of churches and March for Jesus; Anthony Kilmister, founder of the Prayer Book Society; Joan Stober, of Black Anglican Concerns; Lady Oppenheimer, theologian, philosopher, divorce reformer; Martin Dales, former Synodsman and Mayor of Malton; Bruce Kent, leading figure in CND and former Roman Catholic priest.

Professor Michael Wright, the first Vice-Chancellor of Christ Church University, Canterbury; Frank Williams, actor and Anglo-Catholic former Synodsman; Josephine Tewson, former actress and stalwart of St Vedast’s, Foster Lane, London; Frank Pottinger, sculptor; “God’s smuggler” Brother Andrew (Anne Van Der Bijl), founder of Open Doors; Dame Angela Lansbury, actress; Diana Tear, spiritual director; the Rt Worshipful Thomas Coningsby QC, former Vicar-General of York.

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Colin Slater, broadcaster; Andrew Moore, former Chief Executive of Hymns Ancient and Modern; John Wilkins, former Editor of The Tablet; Michael Henderson, Christian broadcaster and author; Kenneth Baker, former Managing Director of Mowbray’s and consultant for Canterbury Press; Gerald Butt, former BBC and Church Times Middle East correspondent; Dr E. P. Sanders, New Testament scholar.

Musicians included Dr Francis Jackson (York Minster); Simon Preston (Westminster Abbey); Dr Richard Seal (Salisbury Cathedral); Martin How, organist, composer and RSCM Southern Commissioner; Robin Sheldon, musical editor of the Anglican Hymn Book; Derrick Cantrell, organist.

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