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The Venerable Ian Morgan

Friday 4th October 2019

The Venerable Ian Morgan

It is with great sadness that Bishop Martin communicated news of the death of The Venerable Ian Morgan, Archdeacon of Suffolk, on Thursday 3 October after a long period of ill health.

Ian had been Archdeacon of Suffolk since 2012 prior to which he had spent many years in parish ministry in Ipswich and a spell at BBC Radio Suffolk. He was ordained at the age of 26 and also had a career as a producer in network broadcasting and a presenter on local radio. For a while he presented the Drive Time programme on Radio Suffolk.

Bishop Martin, said: ‘‘We have lost a dear colleague and friend. Ian served this diocese in a variety of roles over many years and we have all valued his experience, knowledge, wisdom and wit.  Throughout his illness his cheerfulness and compassion were never far away, manifestations of the faith that had borne him throughout his life. ”

‘‘Ian's main focus was the archdeaconry of Suffolk, the east of the diocese, whilst he was an Honorary Canon of St Edmundsbury Cathedral and his ministry extended throughout the county. Recently he served as Chair of the Diocesan Board of Finance. The whole diocese will be grieving his death.”

Archdeacon Ian’s role was to support the clergy and lay leaders in the operation of the Church of England parishes and benefices in east Suffolk. He led services and preached throughout the archdeaconry.  Previously, he held incumbencies in Ipswich from 1988 to 2012, including the posts of vicar of All Hallows and Team Rector of the South West Ipswich Team Ministry. He was Rural Dean of Ipswich from 2008 to 2012.

He was chairman of the governing body of Stoke High School, Ipswich, for 16 years, stepping down in 2012, and he was involved in the initial thinking and planning for the project which became Suffolk One as Chairman of the joint governor’s group and then Chairman of the shadow governing body and then of the governing body itself of the new sixth form college.

The county of Suffolk held a special place in his heart, and he was always delighted by the life and vitality of our villages and communities, with churches at the heart of so many of them.

Archdeacon Ian believed that Ipswich was one of the most underrated towns in England and he valued the sense of inclusion and the way in which all people, local and incomers, refugees and immigrants, were welcomed.

He was a former President of Ipswich Rotary Club. Before ordination he was a professional musician and in recent years, he conducted a small choir and played the organ.

Archdeacon Ian was married to Tracey and was a much loved husband, father, grandfather, priest, colleague and friend. He will be dearly missed by all those who had the privilege of knowing him.

[Funeral arrangements will be announced in due course.  Please remember Ian’s family in your prayers as we respect their privacy at this difficult time].