We have been informed of the death in England on 5 October 2018 of the Reverend David Noel Swain.
Born in 1936, David was a member of the St Mary’s Karori family, and attended Wellington College and Victoria University, graduating BA in 1963 and MA (Hons) in 1967. After teaching for a while, he went to England to study for the ministry at the College of the Resurrection, Mirfield.
He was made deacon in 1967 and ordained priest in 1968, and served his curacy at Holy Trinity, Clapham Common, London, in the Diocese of Southwark. David returned to New Zealand in 1970 to be Priest Assistant in Paraparaumu (Kapiti) parish, before moving to VUW as Anglican Chaplain from 1972 to 1974. In 1975 he returned to UK where he served in parishes until he retired in 1994.
David married Catherine (Cally), the daughter of the Bishop of London, the Right Reverend Robert Stopford, in a well-publicised ceremony in St Paul’s Cathedral London. He is survived by his wife, and a son and daughter.
Please uphold his family in your thoughts and prayers at this time. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.