Jeremy’s funeral will take place in St Mary’s on Friday 15th January at 10.30am. Whilst only close family will be able to attend in person, Margaret has asked for the service to be livestreamed on YouTube: https://youtu.be/E3y4M2YrSRA and it be available online for 28 days. The order of service can be downloaded here.
We are deeply saddened to tell you that Rev'd Jeremy Collingwood, retired priest in the Saffron Walden and Villages Team Ministry and faithful servant of Jesus Christ, died on 10th December 2020 after a brief illness. We thank God for his life and rich ministry – may he rest in peace and rise in glory. Please hold his widow, Margaret, daughters Olivia, Lizzie and Emma and all the family in your prayers.
There will also be a memorial service to celebrate Jeremy's life in St Mary's Church Saffron Walden at 5pm on Saturday 26th June 2021 to which all are invited.
Rev’d Jeremy Collingwood retired to Saffron Walden in 2002. He noticed there was no biography of George Stacey Gibson, who had done so much for the town. Jeremy picked up his pen with fascination. ’Mr Saffron Walden’ was published in 2008, followed by ‘Sir Thomas Smith’, the Elizabethan dignitary in 2012 and finally, ’A Short History of Lord Butler of Saffron Walden’ in 2017.
Jeremy took services in some 35 local churches in his retirement, but mainly in Debden and Wimbish. He came to love these parishes and felt it a particular privilege to take part in the Remembrance Day services with their involvement with Carver Barracks. He delighted to respond to any church invitation that offered cakes!
The Saffron Walden Historical Society invited him to be Honorary Life President. He contributed regularly to their fine magazine, ‘Saffron Walden Historical Journal’, and eagerly looked forward to their monthly meetings.
Jeremy’s passion was teaching and encouragement. For many years he led Bible study and discussions groups, including those in his home with a meal and wine. He led walks and loved the fields and paths of North Essex.
His career was as full and varied as his life: Naval Officer to Cambridge student; overseas colonial District Officer in rural Northern Rhodesia to Head of the Law School in Zambia. Here he wrote ‘Criminal Law of East and Central Africa’, the official and only textbook for this huge area on this subject for many years. Then came a stint with the Director of Public Prosecutions as a barrister.
A call to the ministry meant becoming a student again. For three years he prepared to become a priest in the Church of England. He spent 11 years as Vicar in Hotwells, Bristol and Rural Dean of Clifton and 11 years as Vicar of Christchurch Guildford and Rural Dean of Guildford. He was finally a member of St Mary’s Saffron Walden.
Jeremy died on Thursday 10th December 2020 from a heart attack linked to Parkinson’s disease. He leaves a wife, Margaret and three daughters, Olivia, Elizabeth and Emma and five grandchildren. He was dearly loved.