The Bishop of Ely has paid tribute to the Ven Jim Rone, who has died, aged 78.
The diocese announced this morning (Monday) that Ven Jim Rone, former Archdeacon of Wisbech in the Diocese of Ely, has died after a long period of illness.
Jim came to the Diocese of Ely after serving his title in the Diocese of Oxford.
He was appointed to the parishes of Fordham and Kennet in 1982.
In 1989, he became Canon Residentiary of Ely Cathedral, assuming the portfolio of Canon Treasurer in 1992.
In 1995, Jim was appointed Archdeacon of Wisbech, holding this office until his retirement at the end of December 2002.
The Bishop of Ely, the Rt Revd Stephen Conway, said: “We give thanks for Jim’s generous and warm ministry which exemplified the very best of the catholic tradition of the Church of England.
“We celebrate his service as parish priest, residentiary canon and Archdeacon of Wisbech.
“He bore great witness to his faith and to his deep humanity throughout a long illness, during which he has been cared for devotedly by his wife, Mary.
“We pray for her and for Jim’s children and grandchildren. We pray that Jim may rest in peace and rise in glory.”
Details of Jim’s funeral will be made available at a later date.