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Paying tribute to Canon Ted Barlow

18 October 2017

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We were sorry to learn of the death of the Revd Canon Edward (Ted) Barlow yesterday.

Ted will be remembered with love in our diocese for his service as Rector of St Guthlac’s, Fishtoft and then as Vicar of St Giles, Lincoln. The Revd Peter Mullins, who knew Ted and who served in our diocese prior to his current appointment as Incumbent of Haworth and Cross Roads in the Diocese of Leeds, has kindly written the following words of tribute:

Ted was the calligrapher, human being and parish priest I’ve never managed to be. His ministry was crowned by twenty years in what many others would see as the unglamorous role of Vicar of the sometimes troubled parish of St Giles’ in Lincoln where people will be giving thanks for every remembrance of him and Margaret. He didn’t give up: I’m told that soon after he retired to Washingborough he turned up at the local Youth Centre and quietly took the broken snooker cues home to repair; that probably says it all. There were fresh drawings on the wall in the care home room where he lived with dementia at the end of his life and I told him I recognised his style. ‘What was my style?’ he asked. ‘Drawings of such extreme accuracy, care and precision,’ I told him, ‘yet washed with colour which gentled every line’. For everything careful and truthful, beautiful and enlivened in his life and ministry we give our thanks and praise.

Ted has been remembered with love today in the parish of St Giles, with the following words of tribute offered by some of the members of the church congregation:

Ted is remembered very fondly and with much love by all who knew him at St Giles. He is particularly remembered as a kind-hearted, generous and thoughtful parish priest who was a real encourager of all, including children, young people and families; a great people-person and a gifted communicator. His wonderful musical and artistic talents are also fondly remembered, along with his genuineness and his very good sense of humour - his puppet shows out on the streets of St Giles are legendary! The strong links he built between the church and community, and his ecumenical commitment to working closely with the other churches in the parish, are also gratefully remembered.

A funeral service is to be held in St Giles’ Church on Tuesday, 7th November at 1.30pm.

Please join us in holding Ted’s family and friends in prayer.