Foundation in memory of Merfyn Temple

Grandchildren of retired Methodist minister leading initiative.

A charitable foundation is to be set up in memory of a former Honiton man, whose life and work touched countless people’s lives.

Reverend Merfyn Temple, a retired Methodist minister, died peacefully in his sleep at Abbeyfield’s Hill House, Combe Raleigh, on January 12. He was 92.

For 30 years, he worked in Zambia and established himself as a man who stood up for what he believed in.

Fairness and justice were at the heart of his principles and he became the first white man to join the United National Independence Party.

At the age of 86, he was jailed in Zimbabwe for publicly criticising dictator Robert Mugabe.

The Merfyn Temple Foundation is being established by his grandchildren.

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Donations can be made to the charity in lieu of flowers at a service being held in Honiton to celebrate Mr Temple’s life.

The service is taking place at Honiton Methodist Church, in Chapel Street, at 11.30am on Friday, March 2.