Sunday, 4 March 2012
Canon Peter Humfrey RIP
"Born at Ashtead in Surrey in 1943. Educated at St Peter’s Primary School and St Andrew's Convent, Leatherhead, and the John Fisher School, Purley. He went to Trinity College, Dublin and obtained an M.A. in Classics. He then gained a PGCE at Oxford University and taught in Birmingham and Epsom.
He went on to study for the Priesthood at the Venerable English College, Rome and obtained a Ph.B. and an S.T.L at the Gregorian University, Rome. Ordained priest for the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton at Palazzola, the English College summer residence near Rome, by Bishop Cyril Restieaux on July 15th 1973.
He first served as curate at Epsom 1975-1980. He was subsequently Religious Education Adviser for the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton 1980–1985. He then taught at St John’s Seminary, Wonersh 1985–1986. before becoming Parish Priest at St Mary’s, Crowborough 1985–1995. He was also Chair of Diocesan Liturgy Commission 1988 – 1995. Appointed Episcopal Vicar for Education in 1993 (and served until 1999) and Chapter Canon of the Diocese. Appointed Moderator of the parish of St Joseph, Guildford in July 1995 where he served until July 1999. He was then appointed as Parish Priest to St Bernard's Catholic Community at Lingfield where he served to 2004. He also acted from 1999 to 2004 Peter as the national advisor for catechesis and religious education."
One of Peter's friends writes "Education was Peter’s professional interest, but, firstly Peter was a priest, friend and mentor to so many. We will all remember him as a kind and caring person who never told you what to do, but gently suggested solutions.
He had many interests; music in general, opera especially, he enjoyed travelling to many places usually with a historic theme, but most of all to France where enjoyed many holidays in his house in Gioux. Peter was a dear friend and will be mourned by many.
“Pray for me and I shall pray for you and all your friends that we may merrily meet in heaven” St. Thomas More"
Wednesday, 14th March 7.30 p.m. Vigil Mass, St. Joseph’s, Eastgate Gardens, Guildford, GU1 4AZ.
Thursday, 15th March 11.30 a.m. Concelebrated Funeral Mass, St. Joseph’s, Eastgate Gardens, Guildford, GU1 4AZ.