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Death of parish founder; OBITUARY: Roman Catholic archbishop pays tribute to 'robust and caring priest'.

Byline: By Sam Webb

A FORMER Catholic Dean of Coventry who worked tirelessly for more than 30 years as a priest in the city has died at the age of 79.

Canon Benedict Tarbuck died of heart failure at Birmingham's Heartlands Hospital on Saturday.

He was born in Wolverhampton in 1926 and was ordained in 1950.

In 1964 he was asked to set up a Roman Catholic parish in Wyken by the Bishop of Birmingham.

When he first came to the city there was no church or church hall in Wyken and over the next 30 years he was instrumental in the building of three schools and St John Fisher RC Church, in Tiverton Road, where he was priest for 22 years.

He was appointed Catholic Dean of Coventry in 1984 until he left Wyken for a parish in Coleshill in 1994.

He also served as a chaplain at the city's Walsgrave Hospital for 25 years.

The current priest at St John Fisher, Fr Bob Wright, said of Canon Tarbuck: "He was a gentleman and a very caring man who was always visiting the sick.

"A lot of people remember him with great fondness and admiration. He touched a lot of people with his kindness and he was very quietly generous."

The funeral takes place at 11.30am on Monday at St John Fisher, where his body will be interred.

The Most Reverend Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Birmingham, said: "Canon Tarbuck was a robust and caring priest whose resting place at St John Fisher Church will keep him very much in the thoughts and prayers of the people of Coventry."

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FOND MEMORIES... Canon Benedict Tarbuck pictured in April 1994, as he was about to leave Coventry for a quieter parish in Coleshill. The city is to be his final resting place as his body will be interred at St John Fisher Church in Wyken.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Jun 8, 2006
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