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Tributes to former Bishop of Southwark Roy Williamson

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Tributes have been paid to Rt Revd Roy Williamson, Anglican Bishop of Southwark in the 1990s, who has died aged 86.

Bishop Roy was enthroned as the Bishop of Southwark in 1991 and retired from the diocese in 1998.

The Dean of Southwark, the Very Revd Andrew Nunn, came to Southwark Diocese to work with Bishop Roy as his chaplain. He said: "My time at Bishop's House was a real privilege.

"I learnt so much from Roy but mostly a zeal for the gospel and a passion for people.

"Watching him each day respond in appropriate ways – a handwritten postcard to a priest in distress, fitting in a meeting just when someone needed it, walking with people, listening to them – you just knew you were with a person who knew Jesus. He was a blessing to us."

The Bishop of Southwark, the Rt Revd Christopher Chessun, said: "I commend Bishop Roy's family to your prayers as we give thanks for him and all he meant to us.

"I was in touch with Bishop Roy and the family during his illness and I know that Southwark Diocese remained dear to his heart.

"May we all know the faith, hope and love in Christ which so characterised Bishop Roy's life and ministry. May he rest in peace."

Bishop Christopher will celebrate a Requiem Eucharist in Southwark Cathedral on Wednesday 25 September, the Feast of Bishop Lancelot Andrewes, at 12.45pm. All are welcome. A memorial service will follow at a later date.​​​​​

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