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Tributes to former rector

Evesham Editorial 23rd Sep, 2019   0

HEARTFELT tributes have been paid to the former Rector of Elmley Castle with Bricklehampton and The Combertons and associate priest of Ashton-under-Hill who has died suddenly at the age of 58.

The Rev David Lewis is believed to have died while he was out jogging near the village of Elmley Castle where he lived on September 9.

He had been Rector in the Diocese of Worcester for the past eighteen months, previously spending fourteen years ministering in the Diocese of Leeds. David had also served as a chaplain in Stavanger, Norway and in Carlisle, Guildford and Birmingham Dioceses following his ordination in 1988.

The Bishop of Worcester, Dr John Inge, said: “David was an outstanding priest who had won the hearts of all those to whom he ministered in the months since he came to this diocese. His untimely death is a terrible tragedy and he will be greatly missed.

“Very many people, myself included, had profound affection and respect for him.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with all who mourn his passing, particularly his mother, his brothers and their families,” he added.

His funeral will be held at St Mary’s Church in Elmley Castle on tomorrow (Tuesday).

Donations to The Children’s Society instead of flowers, may be sent to E Hill and Son Funeral Directors, Pershore, WR10 1HZ.


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