The Ven Raymond Ravenscroft RIP

Dear Friends


I write again with more sad news, the Ven Raymond Ravenscroft has died. Raymond was Archdeacon of Cornwall in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Raymond came from South Africa and studied at Leeds University and the College of the Resurrection at Mirfield before ordination in 1955 and early ministry in S Africa and S Rhodesia. He came to the Diocese of Truro in 1962 and after a curacy at St Ives became vicar of All Saints, Falmouth followed by ministry at Launceston. He was appointed Rector of the Probus Team in 1974 and served as Rural Dean of Powder from 1977 to 1981. He was made an honorary canon of Truro Cathedral in 1982 and appointed Archdeacon of Cornwall and Canon Librarian of Truro Cathedral in 1988. For the next few years a colleague on the Chapter was Canon Robin Osborne who had been a fellow student at Mirfield. Raymond and his wife, Anne, a doctor with paediatric skills, retired to Exeter in 1996. Sadly, Anne died some years ago and as Raymond became more frail he returned to Cornwall to live happily with his daughter, Gillian, at Probus.

Raymond was an efficient administrator and a gentle priest whose ministry was underpinned by a firm faith. He is remembered as someone who was quick to recognise and encourage the strengths that he saw in the laity and his vision of the Church embraced changes and developments, such as ecumenical progress and women’s ministry, that might have been unthinkable for young Anglo-Catholics in the 1950s. He was a person of great integrity, and he will be fondly remembered by many people.

We pray for those who mourn Raymond and our thoughts are with his family during this difficult time.

May he rest in peace and rise in glory.

Simon Cade

Diocesan Secretary


Raymond Ravenscroft’s funeral is on Monday 1st June at 14:30, you can watch it from home either live or for 30 days after the service:

Raymond Ravenscroft

Service Date

01-Jun-20 at 2:30

Service Chapel

Kernow - Penmount






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