Clergyman dies, ages 80

A RETIRED clergyman from Clare, the Rev Colin Godfrey, has died at the age of 80 after a short illness.

Rev Godfrey moved to the town 20 years ago and assisted at services held at Clare’s St Peter and St Paul Church, as well as other churches in the benefice.

He spent 18 years of his church career as a prison chaplain, working at prisons in Manchester, Canterbury, Highpoint near Haverhill, and the Glen Parva young offenders institute near Leicester.

He was a vicar in Winchester and Paignton, Devon, before coming to live and settle in Clare after retirement.

The Rev Gill Green, acting vicar of Clare, said: “He was very well known around the town and he had a great sense of humour.

“He was a lovely man who would help anybody and he will be missed.”

Mr Godfrey was also involved with the music society in Clare and was a gifted maker of musical instruments, including violins and cellos.

“He made a beautiful Noah’s Arc out of wood for the church, which the children still play with today and love,” added Rev Green.

He leaves a widow, Rosemary, sons Bruce and Hugh, and grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements have yet to be confirmed.