Bishop Colin Bennetts 1940-2013
We were very saddened to hear of the death of former Bishop of Coventry Colin Bennetts. Well known and loved for his caring and approachable style and his great sense of humour, Colin trained at Ridley in 1963 to 1965.
He was succeeded as Bishop of Coventry in 2008 by former Ridley Principal Christopher Cocksworth. Leading the tributes, Bishop Christopher said "Bishop Colin showed a wonderful capacity for flexibility and imaginative thinking, which he encouraged his clergy to share. His wisdom, wit, humility and humour will be sorely missed and I thank God for the privilege of having known him."
The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, who served under him for nine years when Colin was Bishop of Coventry, said "Travelling with him was a pleasure, observing him a lesson. He faced, with his wonderful family, his last illness with faith in Christ."
His funeral will take place at Coventry Cathedral on July 23rd at noon. Our heartfelt thoughts and our prayers are with Colin's widow Veronica and their family.