Tribute to cleric with flair for fund-raising; Award-winning former Coventry archdeacon dies at age of 93.Byline: LUCY WILSON
A FORMER archdeacon of Coventry, the Venerable Eric Ancrum Buchan, has died, aged 93.
He died at the College of St Barnabas in Lingfield, Surrey, on April 27, of natural causes.
The Ven Buchan was born at Clifton, near Bristol, and educated at Bristol Grammar School Bristol Grammar School is a co-educational independent school in Clifton, Bristol, England.
It was founded in 1532 by two brothers, Robert and Nicholas Thorne, when it was housed in the St Bartholomew's Hospital, as part of the new founding of schools after Henry VIII's and St Chad's College, Durham.
He served as a curate CURATE, eccl. law. One who represents the incumbent of a church, person, or20 vicar, and takes care of the church, and performs divine service in his stead. in Bristol then as a Royal Air Force chaplain during the Second World War. His first post in the Coventry diocese was immediately after the war as vicar of St Mark's St Mark's may refer to:
He became Rector of Baginton in 1961 and archdeacon of Coventry in 1965, a post he held until retiring in 1977.
The Ven Buchan carried out a number of other roles in the diocese during his time in the city, including domestic chaplain to the bishop, Canon of Coventry Cathedral, chaplain of Coventry and Warwickshire Hospital and Rural Dean of Coventry.
He also served as chairman of the diocesan board of finance, secretary of the diocese layman's appeal and was a church commissioner.
He had a gift for fund-raising and was awarded the silver acorn for his services to the scout movement.
The Ven Buchan moved to Gloucester upon his retirement. In 1996, he moved to the College of St Barnabas, a retirement home for Anglican clergy.
Diocesan communications officer the Rev Lawrence Mortimer said: "He had an extraordinary flair for dealing with the business side of things. The diocese of Coventry The Diocese of Coventry is a Church of England diocese in the Province of Canterbury. It is headed by the Bishop of Coventry, who sits at Coventry Cathedral in Coventry. The diocese covers Coventry, and southern Warwickshire. is in a far better financial state than many other dioceses because of his work.
"He used to train curates and was very inspiring to young clergy.
"He was held in enormous affection by everybody."
His funeral will be held at the chapel of the College of St Barnabas, in Blackberry Lane, Lingfield, Surrey, next Wednesday at 11.30am, followed by cremation cremation, disposal of a corpse by fire. It is an ancient and widespread practice, second only to burial. It has been found among the chiefdoms of the Pacific Northwest, among Northern Athapascan bands in Alaska, and among Canadian cultural groups. at the Surrey and Sussex Crematorium cre·ma·to·ri·um
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A furnace or establishment for the incineration of corpses.
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GIFTED: Eric Buchan, pictured in 1961, the year he became Rector of Baginton