Tributes for former Bishop of Monmouth

First published in News

TRIBUTES were paid to a “humble” and “caring” former bishop at his funeral in Newport yesterday.

The retired Bishop of Monmouth, The Right Rev Clifford Wright, was credited with effectively managing the diocese and affirming the work of Sunday schools during his tenure from 1986 to 1991.

Around 200 people, including two bishops, attended his requiem service at St John Baptist church in Risca Road.

His ashes were interred in the church yard of St John Baptist.

The current Bishop of Monmouth Richard Pain, who led the service, said: “It was, although a sad occasion, so good to see so many people come out and support the family.

“He was well loved and respected and although 20 years have passed since his retirement his legacy of wise administration and pastoral concern is still with us.”

The father-of-two spent most of his ministry in the Diocese of Monmouth following his ordination in 1945 and died on February 14 aged 91.

His wife Joyce told the Argus: “He was a lovely man and very caring.”

St John Baptist priest, Fr Colin Westbrook, said: “He was a very warm person, a very humble person and very generous too in practical ways.”

Bishop Clifford graduated from the University of Wales and trained for ministry at St Stephen’s House, Oxford.

He also spent 17 years as a chaplain with the Royal Navy from 1951 to 1968.

Bishop Clifford also chaired the Monmouth and Llandaff Housing Association, which helped to house retired clergymen.

A member of the congregation, Jeannette Hawrot, 57, of Newport, said: “He was a driving force in the church.

“He christened my daughter and was good company when I lost my son. He was a very humble man.”

Newport Mayor, Cllr Cliff Suller, said: “This is a very sad moment but it is also very rejoicing to see so many people at the church.

“I do hope he is now in eternal peace.”

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