A tribute to Canon Bob

Posted by Roger Cooke on Fri, 27 Apr 2012 | 2 comments | Bookmark: digg this Post this to del.icio.us Post this to Facebook

CMS Ireland were sad to learn of the recent death of Canon Bob Rudd. Mission Director Ronnie Briggs offers the following tribute to his friend and former rector, who was a man of mission and a passionate supporter of CMS Ireland. It was decided by Bob’s family that gifts in lieu of flowers would be given in support of CMS Ireland.

“Bob was my rector in Magherally Parish for ten years, having moved to the parish in 1992 after serving as rector of St John’s, Moira for 19 years. Bob and his wife Rosemary lived in Banbridge after retirement, but Bob continued to provide ‘Sunday covers’ up until he was too ill to do so. Church was his life and his interest and support of ‘mission’ through CMS Ireland was always high on his agenda.

“Bob and his family gave Maggie and myself so much encouragement when we lived and worked in Kenya, he always hosted visitors from Kenya when he could and he even went to Kenya on a CMS Ireland META team in 1983 for the opening of the Kajiado Resource Centre. During his time in Magherally, Bob opened up many opportunities for people to engage with mission through CMS Ireland.

“On behalf of all the CMS Ireland family – both here and overseas – I would like to extend our sympathies to the Rudd family and assure them of our love and prayers over this difficult time. God is good and He will provide the comfort they need.

“When I heard that gifts in lieu of flowers would be sent to CMS Ireland I was both grateful for the thought but not surprised – mission was so close to Bob’s heart. Thank you to all of you who may contribute to CMS Ireland because of your love for Bob. I can assure you that your gifts will be used to great effect in the world of mission.”

Comments

Jillian Hughes said Mon, 28 May 2012 11:47PM
Thank you Ronnie. My Dad would have appreciated your kind words. He was a member of CMSI as long as I can remember and it was very dear to his heart. I can remember meeting you and Maggie at a very young age at Moira and it was lovely that Dad had that close connection with you and your family throughout those years. Even when they moved to Magherally it was a joy for him to have an even closer relationship with you and CMSI. It is hard for me to even reply to this as his death was so sudden but I knew that he would have wanted me to do so. Hopefully now, if possible, his granddaughter Sarah will go out to Kenya next year and continue the same interest that her Papa had with the group. A huge thank you to people that sent cards, letters and donations. He truly was a great man and as a very good friend said "he was very pure". I miss him so much so but glad that he is at home with the Lord. Thanks Ronnie
NORA SMITH said Fri, 13 Mar 2015 07:18PM
WHAT A SHOCK TO SEE THAT BOB HAS DIED. AS HE WAAS MY MINISTER WHEN HE WAS AT WILLOFIELD IN BELFAST WHEN I WAS A CHILD. HE ALSO WHEN VISITED MY FAMILY HOME ALWAY'S BROUGHT ME A FRY'S CHOCLATE CREAM BAR HE EVEN CONTINUED TO BRING ME THE SAME WHEN HE VISITED ME IN HOSPITAL TOO.HE WAS A 1 OFF THAT'S FOR SHURE.SO WHEN HE BECAME CANNON, I SENT HIM ACONGRATULATION CARD WITH A CHOCLATE FRY'S CREAM BAR. AND HEREMEMBERED AS I GOT A LETTER BACK.HE WAS AND ALWAY'S WILL BE MY NO1 MINISTER. GOD BLESS YOU BOB YOULL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN R I P XX.

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