The Very Revd. Dr. Robert Jeffery was born in 1935 and educated at St. Paul's School and King's College, London. After two curacies he worked in central Church Administration at Church House, Westminster and at the British Council of Churches. He was then Vicar of Headington in Oxford and moved to Tong in 1978, firstly as Lichfield Diocesan Missioner and subsequently as Archdeacon of Salop. In 1987 he became Dean of Worcester Cathedral ➚ and in 1996 moved to Oxford as Canon and Sub-Dean of Christ Church ➚.
It is with great sadness that we report the death of Robert on Wednesday 21st December 2016 after a long illness.
The funeral service for Bob Jeffery will take place at Christ Church Cathedral ➚, Oxford at 2pm on Monday 16 January.
The burial will take place at St Bartholomew's Church, Tong, Shropshire at 3pm on Tuesday 17 January.
All are welcome!
No flowers by request. Donations if desired for Sobell House Hospice Charity Ltd ➚.
All enquiries to the Co-operative Funeral Care, Headington ➚. Tel: 01865 308 581
A memorial service in Worcester Cathedral will take place later this year.
In 1999 he was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity by Birmingham University. He retired in 2002 and lives in Oxford. He is a well-known authority on matters concerning Mission and Ecumenism and is the author of eleven books and has contributed to nine other dictionaries and books of essays, including matters of Christian Spirituality and English Cathedrals.
In 2007 he was made an Honorary Fellow of Ripon College, Cuddesdon ➚. He is spending his retirement writing, and contributes book reviews to various journals and writes clerical obituaries. He has also written a new translation the Imitation of Christ ➚ for Penguin Classics (2013). He is a widower with four children (2 musicians and 2 artists) and four grandchildren. He worked on Discovering Tong from 1984-2007 and has other writing projects in hand.
The photograph shows the author holding one of Treasures of Tong, the priceless Tong Cup.
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