We have learned of the death this week of the Rt Revd Humphrey Taylor, who was Suffragan Bishop of Selby in the Diocese of York from 1991 to 2003.
Widely loved and respected in the Diocese, Humphrey Taylor was appointed Bishop of Selby by Archbishop John Habgood in succession to the Rt Revd Clifford Barker, and following 11 years as General Secretary of mission agency USPG.
Bishop Humphrey was born in 1938 and ordained in 1961; he served as curate in Hammersmith and then Notting Hill before serving in Malawi with USPG. He worked as a Chaplain in Higher Education in the 1970s and spent five years with the Church of England's national Board of Education before returning to USPG.
On retirement in 2003 Bishop Humphrey moved with his wife Anne to the Vale of Evesham where he became an Honorary Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Worcester for ten years; more recently they moved to Bristol to be close to family.
We will provide more information as it becomes available: we pray for Anne and the rest of the family, and give thanks to God for Bishop Humphrey's life of service.