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Tribute to Ernie Stroud

We are saddened to learn of the death of the Venerable Ernest Stroud, the former Archdeacon of Colchester.

Stephen Cottrell, the Bishop of Chelmsford, has said that Father Ernie was a fantastic servant of the gospel:

“Father Ernie Stroud was my parish priest in Leigh-on-Sea when I became a Christian and started going to church. When I first began to think about vocation he gave me two biographies to read: William Temple’s and Basil Jellicoe’s. Those two books have shaped my ministry in huge ways; and his example of priestly faithfulness has been an inspiration to me and to many clergy. St Margaret’s Leigh-on-Sea in his day produced lots of ordinands.

“Many people and parishes across the diocese and especially in North Essex where he served as Archdeacon of Colchester will mourn his death, and we send to his widow Jeanne and his two daughters and their families our prayers and best wishes.

“Father Ernie was a fantastic servant of the gospel and a fantastic servant of the Diocese of Chelmsford. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.”

Ordained in 1960, Father Ernie served as a Curate in South Kirkby in Wakefield Diocese (1960-63), Curate-in-Charge and then Vicar of Chelmsford All Saints (1966-75), Vicar of Leigh-on-Sea St Margaret (1975-83), Assistant Rural Dean of Southend (1976-79), Rural Dean of Hadleigh (1979-83) and Archdeacon of Colchester (1983-1997).