We are very sorry to announce the death of Canon Ian Tomlinson.
The Right Reverend David Williams, Bishop of Basingstoke, writes:
Canon Ian Tomlinson died peacefully at home on Monday 31st October. He died whilst still the Rector. His three sons and his wife, Caroline, were with him.
Ian Became Rector on 7th March 1979, his 29th birthday. He had the distinction of being both the longest serving Incumbent and member of the College of Canons. He served as Chair of the House of Clergy and, in 2001, set up a Diocesan counselling service that has provided effective and discrete support for many who have ministered in this Diocese.
His last public event in Appleshaw was a “Desert Island Discs with the Rector” on Friday 12th August. Ian spoke movingly of those who had shared his life, others who had influenced him, and revealed a catholic choice of music, showing no loss of humour (if a little loss of inhibition!).
Ian was determined to help with the interviews for the new Dean and so leaves us an immediate and wonderful legacy of The Very Rev Catherine Ogle, the next Dean of Winchester.
Ian was able to combine significant wisdom with a wry sense of humour. He leaves us with the conviction that quite a lot of Church life deserves punctuating and puncturing with humour and that we ourselves need to loosen up to enjoy life in all its ripe absurdity and endless possibility of redemption.
Ian retained a lively interest in the Diocese, Cathedral and his family until the end of his life. It was poignant that in his final few days he was able to share in celebrations and news of his extended family.
Ian left quite clear instructions for a Thanksgiving Service to take place in St Peter in the Wood, Appleshaw on Friday 25th November at 2:00pm. Ian lived in Appleshaw for over 37 years. Ian has asked Dean James Atwell and Dean Martin Percy to officiate and preach at the service and for The Bishop to say the final Blessing.
May he rest in peace and rise in glory
All Saints Day 2016