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Geoffrey Wilson Cleaver

Canon Dan O’Connor writes:

AFTER an unfailingly constructive life, never more modestly lived, Geoffrey Wilson Cleaver’s death on 2 December, aged 84, will be re­­ceived with regret throughout the Anglican Communion

Dr Hugh Sansom

Dr Hugh Sansom

A correspondent writes:

DR HUGH SANSOM, who died on 1 December, aged 92, was born in Milford, Surrey. His father inspired his love of science and flying, and so, after Stowe School, he went to Cam­bridge University, where he read natural sciences and joined the University Air Squadron. His degree was interrupted when he was called up to the RAF in 1943, and he was posted to Bulawayo in Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) to com­plete his training. As the Second World War was drawing to a close, he became a flying instructor

The Revd Dr Michael John Ovey

The Revd Dr Michael John Ovey

The Revd Chris Green writes:

THE Revd Dr Mike Ovey, Principal of Oak Hill College, died suddenly on 7 January, aged 58. He was a pioneering theological educator and an architect of contemporary global Anglican Evangelicalism



Canon John Rankin writes:

YEARS before his prominence as the nation’s Rabbi, Rabbi Lionel Blue (News, 23/30 December) be­­came known, during the 1970s, to a small group of Cambridge theo­logical students. He regularly came from London to Cambridge to hold a tutorial on Jewish Studies


The Revd Peter Kettle writes:

THE photograph on Oswald Clark’s General Synod election address in 1980 pictures him cuddl­ing a cat. That was my first experi­ence of him when I was the newly appointed vicar of the parish where his family had wor­shipped since the early 1930s. His father was a late ordinand, and served in the parish; his two brothers became priests, and a cousin, Alan Clark, went over to Rome and be­­came Bishop of East Anglia

Sir Brian Young

Sir Brian Young

Canon John Nightingale writes:

SIR Brian Young, who died on 11 November, aged 94, was one of the most distinguished lay Christians of his age. After wartime service on naval destroyers, and winning prizes as a first-class Classical scholar at Cambridge, he was, at the age of 30, appointed Headmaster of Charter­house


The Revd Bernice Broggio writes:

I KNEW the Revd Dr Una Kroll (Obituary, 13 January) in the 60s and 70s. In the 70s she wrote about discrimination and told us about being denied credit for a cooker without the signature of her husband or male relative; Leo was then unemployed, she was the bread winner. I had a similar experience


De BERRY. The Revd Barnabas de Berry, Vicar of St Mary Bredin, Canterbury, Area Dean of Canterbury, and Priest-in-Charge of All Saints’, Canterbury, to be also Hon. Canon of Canterbury Cathedral (Canterbury)

Resignations and retirements

Bishops retire

THE Rt Revd Geoffrey Pearson, Suffragan Bishop of Lancaster, in Blackburn diocese, since 2006 and Assistant Curate (Associate Priest) of Ellel with Shireshead, in that diocese, since 2008, will retire in the summer. Before his present appointments, he had held posts in Liverpool diocese since 1989


BUSH. — On 13 January, the Revd David Bush: Vicar of Marown (1980-87); Rector of the Rissingtons (1987-92); aged 93

Obituary: Jill Saward

Obituary: Jill Saward

THE death on 5 January of Jill Drake (née Saward), aged 51, evinced in all those who loved her not only deep sadness but also feelings of pride for all she had achieved

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