Rosemary Brown (16 February 1927 – 14 February 2021)

It is with great sadness that the Diocese shares news of the death of Rosemary Brown, on 14 February 2021 in Cleethorpes, aged 93.

A woman of exceptional warmth and ability, Rosemary played a critical role in building relationships within the church and with the world outside it, working in partnership with her husband John, third bishop of the Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf.

The Venerable Bill Schwartz, Archdeacon in the Gulf, was a close friend. “Rosemary was an avid reader and enthusiastic correspondent, staying in regular contact with letters and cards. Those of us who knew her will always be grateful for the friendship we shared and commend her to God’s care with a sense of loss as well as a sense of a life well-lived.”

Rosemary and Bishop John arrived in the Diocese in January 1987, along with Rosemary’s mother, Marjorie.

“Rosemary was devoted to her mother,” recalls Georgia Katsantonis, the Bishop’s PA. “Whenever I visited the house to work with Bishop John, I would pop in to see Rosemary having morning tea in Marjorie’s room, settling on final touches for Marjorie’s outfit for the day, making sure she was happy and comfortable.”

Rosemary and her mother were active in many charities in Cyprus, serving as kind and generous hosts to an ever-expanding circle. Rosemary also travelled widely across the Diocese with Bishop John, forming lifelong friendships along the way.

Upon retirement Rosemary and Bishop John returned to their childhood home in Cleethorpes, near Grimsby, where they remained actively involved in local diocesan life—and where, according to friends, Rosemary could indulge her fondness for Grimsby fish and chips.

A service is to be held at St Peter’s in Cleethorpes, at a date to be confirmed, conducted by the Reverend Canon Alan Hayday. A thanksgiving service will follow at Lincoln Cathedral, where her ashes will be laid to rest alongside those of Bishop John.

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