Sudden death of Axminster Rector

PUBLISHED: 10:55 19 October 2015 | UPDATED: 17:28 09 November 2015

Mourners told to 'wear something colourful' for Rev John Streeting's funeral on Friday, October 30, at 2pm

Axminster rector, the Reverend John Streeting has died suddenly, aged 62, following a short illness.

News of his passing was given to the congregation at Sunday’s communion service in St Mary’s Parish Church by the Archdeacon of Exeter, The Venerable Christopher Futcher.

He told them: “I am very sorry to have to tell you all that your rector, Father John, has died suddenly after a short illness.

“He was admitted to hospital last week and died in the early hours of Thursday morning from pneumonia. I know this will come as a great shock to you all, as it has to me. John’s funeral has not yet been confirmed but that news will be shared with you all as soon as it is available.

“I know you will all hold John, Liz and their children in your prayers. I pray for you too, that in this time of shock and mourning, God the Comforter will sustain you.

“I am joining the congregation at St Mary’s for the Eucharist this morning and I shall be with you again in St Mary’s next Sunday at 11am for the team service. Let us hold a short period of silence now to remember John and pray for his family.”

Mr Streeting succeeded the Reverend John Good as rector of Axminster in 2010. He was previously vicar of Sheerness and Queenborough in Kent.

Churchwarden Karen Wilkes told the Herald: “Five years after arriving in Axminster, John and his wife Elizabeth felt very much at home in Axminster.

“John’s love of music and composing continued and enhanced the musical tradition in the Minster and surrounding parishes.

“The congregation was supported by the Archdeacon of Exeter, The Venerable Christopher Futcher on Sunday which we found a great comfort. Elizabeth and the family are very touched by the messages and prayers they have received.

“The family hope that people will dress colourfully as John liked nothing more than a room full of colour.”

The funeral will take place at The Minster, at 2pm, on Friday, October 30. In the meantime officials stress that services at The Minster and in the parishes will continue as usual.

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