The St Nicholas News

Passing of a great churchman

It is with great sadness that we must share the news of Mr Geoffrey Phillips’s death. He died 16th November after fighting cancer for two years. Geoffrey will be remembered for his welcoming smile, friendship and patience; for his services to the Diocese in Europe and Anglican Chaplaincy in Finland as Licensed Reader and benefactor. He received the Royal Maundy from the Queen in 2011.

Geoffrey was an active member of the Turku Cathedral International Congregation until very recently, occasionally preaching, preparing the prayers of intercession and assisting at the Holy Communion.

Our Bishop David mourn the passing of pioneering leader in our Diocese. Bishop wrote: "He was an enthusiastic promotor of the Porvoo Agreement, and our good relations in Turku are due, in no small measure, to the respect with which he was held by our Church in Finland partners over the 25 years of the Agreement." You may read more from our Bishop´s Blog by clicking this link

Geoffrey’s funeral service is at the Ylösnousemuskappeli (Chapel of Resurrection) in Turku on Thursday 26th November at 2 p.m (GMT+2). There is no gathering after the service due to current restrictions. Instead of flowers, donations to cancer research are suggested.

Geoffrey is survived by his wife Meg.

May he rest in peace and rise in glory.