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Death of the Rt Revd Roy Warke

Bishop Roy Warke
Bishop Roy Warke
It is with sadness that we share the news of the death this morning (January 12) of the Rt Revd Roy Warke, former Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross. Prior to his election as Bishop, he served in a number of parishes in the United Dioceses of Dublin and Glendalough and was also Archdeacon of Dublin.
Archbishop Michael Jackson has paid tribute to Bishop Warke, whose death follows just 19 days after his wife, Eileen.
He stated:

“The death this morning of Bishop Roy Warke, so soon after the death of his wife Mrs Eileen Warke, is a source of great sadness to everyone who knew them.

“Bishop Warke served in the Diocese of Down and Dromore, in the Dioceses of Dublin and Glendalough, and as bishop in the Diocese of Cork, Cloyne and Ross.

“In retirement, he and Eileen lived happily in Naas, County Kildare for many years, mid–way between their daughters Jane and Ruth.

“We remember with gratitude everything that Bishop Warke gave with such generosity of spirit to the life of the Church of God and of the Church of Ireland. We mourn his loss along with all members of his family.”

The Rt Revd Robert Alexander (Roy) Warke (born 1930) was ordained in 1953 and served as Curate in Newtownards (1953–1956), St Catherine with St Victor, Dublin (1956–1958), and Rathfarnham (1958–1964). 

His ministry continued as Rector of Dunlavin with Ballymore Eustace and Hollywood (1964–1967), Drumcondra with North Strand and St Barnabas (1967–1971), and Zion, Dublin (1971–1988), during which time he was also Archdeacon of Dublin (1980–1988).

He was elected Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross on 23rd November 1987 and consecrated as bishop in Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, on 1st February 1988. Bishop Warke retired in 1998. 

He was the much loved father of Jane and Ruth, adored grandfather of Ben, Matthew, Jack and Alice, great–grandfather of Noah. Loved and remembered always by his family, sons–in–law Jim and Vincent, the extended family and his wide circle of friends.

In accordance with government guidelines, the funeral will be private. You may view the Service on Friday January 15 at 11.30 am here: https://youtu.be/lX6qWpGex4k. Family flowers only. Donations, if desired, to Bishops’ Appeal.



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