Funeral Arrangements for and Tributes to the Revd Bob Thorn

by Gerry Lynch last modified 11 Apr, 2014 06:32 PM

Funeral to take place on Easter Eve. Tributes pour in.

A Requiem Eucharist for the Revd Bob Thorn will take place on Easter Eve, Saturday 19 April, at 11 am in St Mary’s Church, Burton Bradstock.

Ven Paul Taylor, the Archdeacon of Sherborne will preside and preach. The commendation and committal will be conducted by the Right Revd Nicholas Holtam.

Bob died in a rowing accident off the Dorset coast on Monday 7 April. He was just a few miles from home after rowing to and from Cornwall as part of a pilgrimage.

Tributes to a remarkable man have poured in, and there have been some touching pieces on Bob's life in the national press.

Announcing Bob's death to the Diocese, Bishop Nicholas said, “I was devastated to learn of the death of the Revd Bob Thorn.

“Bob was a remarkable man of incredible determination. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Jean, who is also a priest and with whom he shared much of his ministry, and with his children.”

Bishop Graham said, “Bob wasn’t an ordinary vicar; he was an extraordinary one – a one off. His death is utterly tragic.

“Bob was an imaginative, adventurous, courageous vicar who loved rural ministry in deep Dorset, and stressed the importance of social justice. He was a singer-songwriter who cut his own CD, and used his gift for singing in worship.

“He died as he lived, enjoying spiritual adventures. His Bible was found in his boat.”

Paul Taylor, who was Bob’s Archdeacon, added, “I am devastated. I knew Bob for 10 years – we both arrived in West Dorset about the same time.

“Bob was man of deep principle and utter integrity. He was straightforward, and when others were beating about the bush in meetings, he would get straight to the point. He cared deeply about honesty in relationships, and about the people and communities he ministered to in the Bride Valley.”

See also

Pieces in the Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph.

Document Actions