The funeral was at 2 p.m. on Wednesday 15th August 2018 at St Mary’s Church, Saffron Walden.
We are saddened to report the death in Addenbrookes Hospital on 21 July 2018 of the Right Reverend (Charles) Derek Bond, aged 91. He was a former Bishop of Bradwell and an Honorary Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Chelmsford and a regular worshipper in recent years at St Mary’s, Saffron Walden.
Stephen Cottrell, the Bishop of Chelmsford, has paid tribute to Bishop Derek’s pastoral leadership: “Bishop Derek was easy to talk to, caring and hospitable. He will be remembered with great fondness by many people. May he rest in peace and rise in glory. Please join me in holding Valerie and the family in your prayers.”
Announcing Bishop Derek’s death to the congregation of St Mary’s, Saffron Walden, the rector, Rev’d Canon David Tomlinson said, “As you know, Derek was a fine and wise pastor, a gifted preacher and leader, and a faithful disciple. We are going to miss him.”
Derek Bond was born in Wolverhampton on 4th July 1927 and educated at Bournemouth School and King’s College London, 1948-1952, before embarking on an ecclesiastical career with a curacy in Friern Barnet, London. From 1956 to 1958 he served as Middle School Secretary for the Student Christian Movement and then as a vicar successively in Harringay and Harrow Weald, before being appointed Archdeacon of Colchester in 1972 during which time he also served as priest in charge of Pebmarsh. He was Area Bishop of Bradwell from 1976 until his retirement to Evesham in 1992.
In his retirement he served as Honorary Assistant Bishop in Gloucester and Worcester Dioceses until Bishop Derek and his wife Valerie moved to Saffron Walden in 2006 to be nearer their children, where he served as Honorary Assistant Bishop in Chelmsford Diocese from 2007.
During his retirement, Bishop Derek was Chairman of the British Regional Committee of St. George’s College, Jerusalem until 1995 and Chairman of the Retired Clergy Association. Bishop Frank Sargeant, the former Bishop of Stockport, writes, “I remember Derek Bond with affection. He was my predecessor as chairman of the Retired Clergy Association and he guided me into the role. This illustrates his caring nature to enable others. He showed the same dedication to the welfare and best interests of the retired clergy as he had done to the clergy under his pastoral care before he retired.”
Bishop Derek leaves Valerie, his wife of 67 years, four children, ten grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
The funeral is at 2 p.m. on Wednesday 15th August 2018 at St Mary’s Church, Saffron Walden.
You might like to listen to one of the last sermons Bishop Derek preached at St Mary’s on 13th July 2014 – ‘The parable of the sower – God wants to sow his life in our life – Matthew 13:1-9,18-23’
Photos below taken at Bishop Derek’s celebration on 26th May 2013 of 60 years in the ordained ministry