Tributes have been pouring in for the recently retired Archdeacon of Lynn, Ven Ian Bentley, who passed away on Tuesday from cancer.
Earlier this month, Archdeacon Ian was forced to retire after his health worsened dramatically and was admitted to the palliative care team at Priscilla Bacon Hospice.
He had been undergoing chemotherapy following his diagnosis of bowel cancer in December 2021.
The Bishop of Norwich, Rt Revd Graham Usher, has led the tributes sharing a heartfelt statement on the Diocese of Norwich's website.
"It is with much sadness that I share that Archdeacon Ian Bentley died yesterday evening in the Priscilla Bacon Hospice. He was surrounded by his loving family, and my prayers are particularly with them at this time," Bishop Graham said.
Archdeacon Ian has been described as "a passionate follower of Christ" who loved "being part of missions and sharing his faith with humour and warmth."
He grew up in Essex, studied geography at the University of Sheffield, and following a career in teaching, including being Deputy Headteacher of a school in Germany, he trained for ministry in Durham.
He was ordained deacon in 1995, and priest in 1996 and became Archdeacon of Lynn in 2018.
Bishop Graham continued: "Ian was much loved and hugely respected by all who knew him.
"He served the Diocese of Norwich with distinction, ministering in its many parishes, latterly at Oulton Broad, St Peter Mancroft and then as Archdeacon of Lynn.
"He also served on the Chapter of Norwich Cathedral."
Funeral arrangements will be announced in due course.