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Marmalady
01-21-2012, 09:59 PM
A few months ago, the vicar of our village (and a few others, as tends to happen nowadays) began to feel unwell. He went to the doctor, referrals were made, tests were done etc. Then it was suggested he should be tested for bowel cancer.
It wasn't that. It was pancreatic cancer. A biopsy showed secondaries in several places, mainly the liver.

I'll hold my hand up here and say I'm not much of a one for organised religion, but this is a good man. That might sound a strange thing to say about a Church of England vicar - who might be assumed to be a good man anyway - but I don't just mean good as in following all the commandments, I mean good in the way that new bread or fresh water or ripe apples are good. He's been the best vicar I can remember, whether it's been to do with visiting the sick, organising events for the schoolchildren, being a shoulder to cry on (even for those of us who aren't hot on churchgoing)

Not once has he complained or asked 'why me?' all his concern has been for his wife and what she will do.

He was meant to start chemo this week, but he's too ill. Suddenly he seems to have deteriorated very rapidly.. this morning he was slipping in and out of consciousness. I really don't think he'll be with us much longer.

Please, send good thoughts, for him and his wife (they've been together for nearly 40 years)

houdini
01-21-2012, 10:16 PM
Best wishes and good thoughts heading your way - there are some people in a community who really do hold it together, and are just Good People. They are utterly loved while they are there and missed a great deal when they are gone. I hope that your vicar either recovers (there is always hope, however slim it might be) or passes away with little pain, and that his memory is treasured by everyone who is left behind.

Cookie
01-21-2012, 10:18 PM
Oh no. :( *hugs* I know what you mean about finding one that is a truly good, not just in following the letter of the law kind of way. Praying for him and his wife.

Marmalady
01-25-2012, 07:20 PM
I heard this afternoon that he passed away in his sleep, early this morning.

Thank you to everyone who has been keeping him and his family in their thoughts.

Cookie
01-26-2012, 01:06 AM
*hugs Marmalady* Still praying for his family.

RootedPhoenix
01-26-2012, 10:29 AM
Prayers sent. I hate when we lose our good people. :(

Mytical
01-26-2012, 10:31 AM
Too few good people left, so it is hard when one passes. *hugs*

Seraph
01-26-2012, 06:17 PM
So sorry to hear about that. :< My best wishes and prayers to his family and to your entire community.