The Rt Revd Roy Williamson, 8th Bishop of Southwark

18 December 1932 - 17 September 2019

It was with much sadness that we learnt that Bishop Roy Williamson died in the early hours of Tuesday 17 September.  Roy was surrounded by his children and slipped slowly into a calm and peaceful death.  May he rest in peace and rise in glory.

Bishop Roy was enthroned as the Bishop of Southwark in 1991 and retired from our diocese in 1998.  He came to Southwark from the Diocese of Bradford where he was diocesan bishop.  He had worked in the Diocese of Southwark long before his ordination, however, as a London City Missioner.

Bishop Roy was a warm, gentle pastor, a real father-in-God to many, a great preacher, a shepherd to his flock.  He was always supported in ministry by his wife Ann.  She died a few years ago and left Roy to continue life in the place that they loved on the edge of Nottingham.

The Dean of Southwark, The Very Revd Andrew Nunn, came to Southwark Diocese to work with Bishop Roy as his Chaplain.  He said: ‘My time at Bishop’s House was a real privilege.  I learnt so much from Roy but mostly a zeal for the gospel and a passion for people.  Watching him each day respond in appropriate ways – a handwritten postcard to a priest in distress, fitting in a meeting just when someone needed it, walking with people, listening to them – you just knew you were with a person who knew Jesus.  He was a blessing to us.’

The Bishop of Southwark, The Rt Revd Christopher Chessun said, ‘I commend Bishop Roy’s family to your prayers as we give thanks for him and all he meant to us.  I was in touch with Bishop Roy and the family during his illness and I know that Southwark Diocese remained dear to his heart. May we all know the faith, hope and love in Christ which so characterised Bishop Roy’s life and ministry. May he rest in peace.’

Bishop Christopher will celebrate a Requiem Eucharist in Southwark Cathedral on Wednesday 25 September, the Feast of Bishop Lancelot Andrewes, at 12.45pm.  All are welcome.  A memorial service will follow at a later date.