Canon John Bentham


August 13th, 2019

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.

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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6 Comments

August 14th, 2019 at 8:45 am

Tom Gray

This comes as a shock to us all. John was always generous with his time, reaching out to all on the campus, whatever their belief. I am very grateful for the short time I knew him, for his prayers and kind words, and the thoughtful and deliberate way he brought the light of Christ to the University. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends – he will be greatly missed.

August 14th, 2019 at 12:03 pm

Paul Barrow

I was very shocked to get this news. John was not very old at all. I had dealings with him through the Animal welfare Committee and he was always very gracious and kind. He will indeed be missed. We all need to make the most of the time that we have. There but or the grace of God ……

August 14th, 2019 at 7:43 pm

Chris Nuttall

My heart goes out to Marianne and the children. John was a great help and support to me at Holy Trinity, Lenton when I was churchwarden there. He is also the only cleric that I ever had to take to A & E when he injured his tendon whilst preaching at the Priory Church! I am grateful to God for His servant John and sad to think that others will no longer benefit from his ministry.

August 16th, 2019 at 12:55 pm

Helen Taylor

I was most saddened to hear this news. I worked closely with John in my previous role as Development Director, where John was a great mentor and a willing member of Council, generously sharing his expertise and knowledge. He will be very much missed. Thinking of Marianne and his four children at this time.

August 19th, 2019 at 12:59 pm

Kristian Bennett

Always a friendly face around the Portland Building, a really pleasant gentleman who will be missed my all, such tragic news.

August 22nd, 2019 at 5:18 pm

Richard Bell

I was shocked to receive this news. My thoughts are with John’s family and all those close to him. RIP.

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