August 13th, 2019
Updated on Tuesday 27 August to include funeral information
It is with great sadness we share with you the news that the University’s Chaplain Canon John Bentham died on Tuesday 6 August of a suspected heart attack.
The funeral, a thanksgiving service for John’s life, will be held at 2pm on Wednesday 4 September at St Mary’s Church in the Lace Market.
The service is open to anyone who would like to attend, however the family have asked for an indication of numbers. If you would like to attend, please let Hayley Crawford know via email by lunchtime on Friday 30 August.
John had been a long standing member and co-ordinator of our Chaplaincy team where he provided invaluable, loving chaplaincy and pastoral care to our staff and student community over the last 21 years. He will be greatly missed by many within our community and especially by the Chaplaincy team who worked alongside him.
John was a Cathedral Canon at Southwell Minster, served as the Area Dean in the old Nottingham West Deanery and then as Area Dean for West Bingham, he was also on the Bishop’s Council for a number of years. He was ordained Deacon in 1985 and ordained priest in 1986. John served as Curate in the Ripon and Leeds Diocese before being appointed Priest in Charge at St Saviour’s Nottingham in 1990, he became Vicar in 1992 and served there until he became Chaplain here at the University in 1998.
John leaves a wife, Marianne, and four children – Alice, Henry, James and Rosie.
Colleagues can pay their respects by signing a book of condolence, which is being held in the Registrar’s office in Trent Building, and a memorial service to celebrate John’s is being planned for the near future.
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