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Remembering Rev Canon Richard Norburn – Founder and President
Life of hospice’s founder and president to be remembered
The community will gather to celebrate the life of a man who dedicated his time to supporting others.
The life of Canon Richard Norburn, MBE, the founder and president of St Nicholas Hospice Care, will be celebrated during his funeral which will take place on Wednesday, 13 December, at All Saints Church, Park Road, Bury St Edmunds.
Following the service, which starts at 10.30am, there will be a gathering in the Church Hall Community Room.
Having spent more than 50 years in the Anglican Ministry in Suffolk, Canon Norburn, was ordained as Curate of St Gregory’s and St Peter’s, in Sudbury, in 1959. From 1965 to 1974, he was Diocesan Youth Officer and covered most of the county.
He became Rector of Ingham with Ampton and Great & Little Livermere until he retired in 1997, with Barnham added to his patch to become part of the Blackbourne Team in 1992.
He was Rural Dean of Thingoe from 1978 to 1988 and was made an Honorary Canon of St Edmundsbury Cathedral in 1981.
Serving on many Diocesan boards and committees he was involved in the Healing and Deliverance Ministry, and Churches Together in Bury St Edmunds and District for more than 35 years, serving as its chairman and on its management and unity groups.
He chaired Time to Listen, the ecumenical counselling group, and the Ecumenical Healing Ministry Group, and was a trustee and patron of Bury St Edmunds Ecumenical Centre Trust and trustee of Bury St Edmunds and District Christian Youth.
He was involved with the re-founding of Bury St Edmunds YMCA and was a trustee for more than 25 years. He was made a vice-president and was awarded the Order of the Red Triangle for long service.
It was during his time as Rector of Ingham with Ampton and Great & Little Livermere Canon Norburn recognised more care and support was needed for those at the end of their lives.
Reflecting on the difference Canon Norburn had made to the Hospice, Barbara Gale, the charity’s chief executive officer, said: “Canon Norburn was and will remain the inspiration for the work the Hospice does. His warmth, kindness and genuine care for everyone he met are the foundations of our hospice.
“Richard is missed by all of us, but we are all proud to be able to continue to build on his achievements and continue the compassionate vision he had for St Nicholas Hospice Care.
“Richard did so much, not just for the Hospice, but for the whole community, the celebration of his life will be a chance for us all to reflect and remember the difference he has made.”
Family flowers only are requested please, with any donations made in lieu of flowers shared between All Saints Church and the Hospice.
Remembrance books will also be placed in each of the Hospice’s shops, the charity’s hub in Haverhill and at its Bury St Edmunds Hospice in Hardwick Lane.
The books are intended to provide an opportunity for people to reflect, share memories and leave messages for Canon Norburn’s family.
If you would like to leave a message for the Hospice and Richard’s family please do so below.