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Former Vicar of Preston Father Timothy Lipscomb has died

Posted on - 13th July, 2023 - 5:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Preston City Centre, Preston Council, Preston News, Proud Preston
Father Timothy Lipscomb

A pillar of Preston’s community for many years has died.

Reverend Cannon Timothy Lipscomb was the Vicar of Preston for 12 years in the city. He retired from service in 2018.

Preston City Council released a statement to mark his passing.

A spokesperson said: “Our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Rev. Cannon Timothy Lipscomb on the sad news of his passing.

“Fr Tim, the retired Vicar of Preston was highly regarded across the city. Throughout his twelve year ministry in Preston he placed himself at the heart of life in our city and was involved in so many groups, communities and committees.

“He embraced his role in civic life with enthusiasm, commitment and great humour. We pay tribute to his outstanding service to the city and his civic support over many years in his numerous roles. He will be greatly missed.”

Tributes to Father Timothy have been paid across the city by many churches and faith groups, and with many Prestonians recalling the services that Father Timothy presided over – including the funeral of Sir Tom Finney.

He was the parish priest for St George The Martyr in George’s Road off Lune Street in Preston city centre as well as Preston Minster.

A spokesperson for the church said: “Loved by many he will be missed. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.”

A spokesman for Blackburn Diocese said: “Fr Timothy will be much missed by all who knew him. He made huge contribution to the life of the Diocese serving for 12 years as Rector of Preston, caring for the Minster and St George’s.

“He also served as Area Dean and was outstanding in the care he showed the clergy of the Deanery and in the support he offered to vacant parishes.

“Fr Timothy was also an Honorary Canon of Blackburn Cathedral and served the wider Diocese in many ways. Before his time in Preston, Fr Timothy ministered in parishes in the Diocese of Leeds, notably as Vicar of St Bartholomew Armley.

“He retired to Wales in 2017 and, until his recent illness, was Priest-in-Charge of Dyserth.”

A spokesperson for The Foxton Centre said: “We are very sad to report that Father Timothy Lipscomb former minister at Preston Minster and St George’s has passed away.

“Father Tim was a long term trustee of the Foxton Centre and friend of those in need in the city.

“He was also great fun to be around very kind and a great host. He will be missed by many in the city.”

In 2015 Father Timothy spoke about the moment he knew he must take up a clergy position having been in a managerial role previously.

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