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Canon Eddie Matthews RIP

It is with sadness that we announce the death earlier today, 1st April, of Canon Eddie Matthews.  Canon Eddie died peacefully at the East Surrey Hospital following admission last Thursday.  While in hospital he received the Sacrament of the Sick. 

Canon Eddie was born in London on 9th February 1937 and ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Westminster at the English College, Lisbon on 16th June 1962.  In recent years he lived near Horsham, West Sussex having retired from active ministry. 

Sympathy is extended to Canon Eddie’s family and friends, and to the clergy and parishioners of his former parishes in the diocese, and to those in Henfield and Horsham in the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton. 

Canon Eddie was a member of the Deceased Clergy Association.  Funeral arrangements will be made in accordance with the protocols necessary due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Details of Memorial Masses, and an obituary, will follow in due course. 

We pray for the repose of Canon Eddie’s soul:

Lord Jesus, our Redeemer,
you willingly gave yourself up to death so that all people might be saved and pass from death into a new life.
Listen to our prayers, look with love on your people who mourn and pray for Canon Eddie.
Lord Jesus, holy and compassionate, forgive his sins.
By dying you opened the gates of life for those who believe in you.
Do not let our brother be parted from you, but by your glorious power give him light, joy and peace in heaven
where you live for ever and ever. 

May the soul of this faithful priest rest in peace.  Amen.