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Spire campaign mastermind dies; Holy Trinity's extrovert ex-vicar mourned.

Byline: LUCY WILSON

FORMER Coventry vicar the Very Rev Lawrence Jackson, who was described as one of the best preachers of his generation and helped to lead the campaign to save Holy Trinity's spire, has died.

Mr Jackson, of Newbold on Stour, near Shipston, south Warwickshire, died on Friday, aged 76.

He began his ministry in Leicester and was vicar of Holy Trinity Church, in Coventry city centre, from 1965 to 1973.

During that time, he was active in the community as a school governor and as a member of the National Health Executive Council, Coventry Rotary Club, Coventry Round Table, Coventry Freemen's Guild and the Coventry Organists' Association.

From 1968 to 1973, he was rural dean of Coventry North.

Mr Jackson moved to Blackburn, Lanca- shire, in 1973, where he was appointed the cathedral provost and masterminded a fund-raising drive for the restoration of the cathedral.

He retired in 1992, when he and his wife Faith went to live in Newbold on Stour. But he maintained his Coventry connections over the next couple of years, running the successful Save the Spire appeal for Holy Trinity.

Diocesan communications officer the Very Rev Lawrence Mortimer said: "He was the best preacher of his generation in the Church of England.

"His sermons were at once extremely entertaining and got over the point that life is more than just a joke."

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