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The Revd John Lee

The Rt Revd Tim Stevens writes: THE Revd John Lee, who died on 27 September, aged 68, was born Michael Murphy, the son of Bridget Murphy, in the west of Ireland. He was subsequently adopted, and brought up in Orpington in a conservative Evangelical family. This lay at the root of his own search for ...

Rose Taylor

Rose Taylor

Zoë Bunter writes:

ROSE TAYLOR, who died on 3 October, aged 62, after a short illness, spent her last years working with the Leprosy Mission England and Wales in Peterborough.

She was born in Mumbai and came to the UK in 1972. Her first job in

Professor Walter Hollenweger

Professor Walter Hollenweger

Canon Dan O’Connor writes:

WHEN the young pastor Walter Hollenweger, who died on 10 August, aged 89, saw the need to bring academic insights into the theology of the Swiss Pentecostal Mission, the older members prayed that he would fail his


Canon John Rankin writes:

Some years ago during a sabbatical break I visited Bishop David Jenkins (Obituary, 9


Canon Brian Stevenson writes:

FURTHER to Canon Newell’s obituary of Roly Bain (Gazette, 16 September), I would add his rapport

Canon David Charles St Vincent Welander

The Revd Tony Wilcox writes: CANON David Welander, who died on 12 August, aged 91, was an educator, pastor, ecumenist, evan­gelist, and historian. After six years as a college tutor and 21 years in parish life, he was appointed in 1975 Canon Residentiary of Glou­cester. Given the care of the cathedr...



Michael Thurgood writes: WHAT was not mentioned in your obituary of the Revd Roly Bain (Gazette, 16 September) was that he was the grandson of the Revd George Bramwell Evens, a Method­ist minister and “Romany of the BBC”. He was also related to “Gipsy Smith”, who was a great-...

The Revd Edward Leigh Phillips

A correspondent writes: THE Revd Edward Leigh Phillips, known as Bill, died on 8 September, aged 104. His life was one of faith, service, and survival. As a priest, he influenced many lives. Before his death, he was acknowledged as the oldest surviving chaplain from the Second World War. Bill was bo...

The Revd Roly Bain

The Revd Roly Bain

THE Revd David Roualeyn Findlater Bain, who died from cancer on 11 August, aged 62, was a priest and clown who captured the public imagination

The Revd Dr Richard Pfaff

THE Revd Dr Richard (Dick) Pfaff, historian of the liturgy of medieval England, died on 10 July, aged 79, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, after a short illness

Alan Wilkinson

Canon John Rankin writes: ALAN WILKINSON, who, in 1989, formed Music in Country Churches, an annual series of high-class concerts in some of the finest rural churches in England, died suddenly, aged 86, in June. Alan founded Music in Country Churches with Ruth, Lady Fermoy (grandmother of Diana, Pri...

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