The Late Canon Heather Humphrey
It is with deepest sadness that we record the passing of Canon Heather Humphrey, beloved Priest of All Saints’ Church Tilford, part of the United Benefice of The Bourne and Tilford. Heather died suddenly at The Vicarage on 23rd February 2018.
The funeral was at the church on the afternoon of Wednesday 28th March. This was followed by tea in the Institute. The family attended the private cremation.
Tilford village experienced deep shock on learning of the death of Revd.Humphrey, one of the Church of England’s first female priests, who collapsed and died at home just days after being involved in a car accident in Frensham.
Revd.Humphrey arrived in Tilford in January 2014, having previously served as an Honorary Canon at Worcester Cathedral. She was made Deacon at Worcester in 1990 and in 1994 was amongst the first group of women appointed as priests 1994.
On arrival in Tilford, she quickly became an active participant in village life and had a great affinity for children, leading fortnightly assemblies at All Saints C-of-E Infant School and paying regular visits to the village nursery school. She was an active member of Tilford WI and other village organisations; and was an accomplished artist.
At the first Sunday service at All Saints following Revd.Humphrey’s death, Revd.John Morris, who led the service, was joined by the Bishop of Guildford, Andrew Watson. The service was attended by members of the family and a large congregation of parishioners. Bishop Andrew said: “I dropped in on All Saints Tilford this morning to weep with those who weep following the sudden death of their priest Heather Humphrey. So moving to see the community come together around word and sacrament.”
Heather is survived by two adult children and one granddaughter.
The picture on the left was taken on 29th October 2017 at All Saints’ 150th Anniversary celebrations. It depicts, from the left: