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Br Martin SSF RIP

Br Martin (John Morrell Coombe) died yesterday evening after his condition deteriorated rapidly over the weekend. His death was extremely peaceful. Born in 1925 in Croydon (South London) Br Martin attended St Peter’s Croydon before moving to St Michael and All Angels, a centre of Anglo-Catholicism. He was Noviced in the Society of St Francis in 1949 and Professed in 1951. Ordained to the Priesthood in 1958 he served as Curate-in-Charge for the Hilfield and Hermitage Parishes (near Hilfield Friary) and then became a School Chaplain for five years serving first as the Assistant Chaplain at Ellesmere College (1966-1969) and then Chaplain of Ramby House School (1969-1971). In 1971 he moved to Cambridge to become the Vicar of St Benet’s (the Franciscan Church in Cambridge) where he served until 1985. In ‘retirement’ Br Martin lived in London, initially in Stepney but then in Plaistow where he lived in St Mary’s Vicarage with Srs Chris and Elizabeth CSF ‘the happiest house in the Province’ according to Br Martin. He continued to exercise his Priesthood until shortly before his death serving mainly in St Peter’s London Docks (where he celebrated his 60th anniversary of Profession) and St Andrew’s Holborn. In both places his ministry was highly valued and he was much loved. Funeral details are not yet finalised.

 

Br Martin with a catechist from St Peter's London Docks

Br Martin with a member of St Peter’s London Docks at Ascot Priory

 

Br Martin preaching in St Peter's London Docks.

Br Martin preaching in St Peter’s London Docks.