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Dad's Army vicar left thousands to churches

by Sophie Drew

Frank Williams – the actor best known for playing a vicar in Dad’s Army – has given thousands of pounds to local churches following his death.

The near-91-year-old died in 2022, but details of his estate are now emerging.

Throughout his career, framed largely by his role as Rev Timothy Farthing, the actor wracked up an £893,000 fortune.

Most of the money went to his godchildren and close friends, but a large portion went directly to the Church, which he remained committed to throughout his life.

The first to benefit was his close friend, Rt Rev Edward Holland, a former area bishop to both Chelmsford and Colchester.

Rt Rev Holland also officiated Mr Williams’ funeral, and was made a trustee of his will.

The remaining money was given to three churches in London.

Mr Williams left two parts to The Parochial Church Council of St Margaret's Church, Edgware, and two parts to the Choir and Music Trust Fund of All Saints Church, Margaret Street, London.

Ten parts was given to the Parochial Church Council of John Keble Church, Mill Hill.

Reflecting on Frank’s faith, Church Warden of John Keble Robin Mace told the Mail Online: “Most of his acting was more famous for being in the clergy. His faith was really important.

“Churches rely on generous giving and donations, especially from from legacies. And that really just helps the church keep afloat and ensure the life of the Church continues.

“Frank was just a really nice person who was passionate about his faith and involvement in the church community.”

Following his death last year, Mr Williams requested a requiem mass, led by Rt Rev Holland, Canon Richard Buck and Venerable Donald Smith, at John Keble Church.

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