Dr Wesley Carr RIP

Dr Wesley Carr, who was Dean of Bristol from 1987 to 1997 and then Dean of Westminster, until his retirement in 2006, has died peacefully aged 76.

Arthur Wesley Carr was ordained in 1967.  After a distinguished ministry in the Diocese of Chelmsford he came to Bristol where he is still held in great affection.  An accomplished scholar, and an author, his intellectual gifts and theological insight were rightly admired.  He is also remembered as a dean who brought fresh energy and purpose to the life of the cathedral.

Ten years after coming here he moved to Westminster Abbey.  As the Abbey itself records, he conducted the funeral service of Diana, Princess of Wales in 1997, the funeral of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother in 2002 and, in the same year, a memorial service for The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon.

On his retirement from Westminster in 2006 he was appointed a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (KCVO) and moved to Romsey in Hampshire.

Dr Carr leaves a widow Natalie.

The Dean of Bristol writes, Wesley Carr left a significant legacy in Bristol creating something of a benchmark for his successors.  I have been grateful to receive little notes of encouragement from him over the past years.  I have also benefited, personally, from his published writing on ministry.  We will remember him and pray for him and for his family.

The various facets of ministry – pastor alter Christus, prophet, servant and priest – coalesce.  This is the vocation of the minister.

Wesley Carr, The Priestlike Task

The Bishop of Bristol comments, “Wesley Carr will be remembered in this Diocese as a man with a very sharp mind and as a very able Dean.  He is a man I met on a number of occasions and always enjoyed his company.  He made a great contribution to the life of our Cathedral.  I was sorry to hear that he had died.  He had been ill for some time and our thoughts and prayers are with Natalie and Wesley’s wider family at this time of loss.”

Posted on 17th July 2017