Clitheroe vicar dies - memorial service

Canon J.C. Hudson. (s)
Canon J.C. Hudson. (s)

A THANKSGIVING service will be held at Clitheroe Parish Church for Canon J.C. Hudson, who has died aged 88.

Canon John Hudson, who was the vicar of Clitheroe Parish Church (also known as St Mary Magdalene C of E Church) in Church Street, Clitheroe, from 1968 to 1985, died at home last Thursday.

Born at West Hartlepool, he was the son of a Church of England priest.

Educated at Durham School and Selwyn College, Cambridge, it was while at Cambridge that he met his wife of 64 years, Kay and they married in 1947.

Canon Hudson’s studies at Cambridge were interrupted when he served in a tank regiment during the Second World War.

After leaving Cambridge, he completed his clerical training and his first post was as a curate in Darlington where both his children, Ian and Jill, were born. He moved to Usworth as team rector until 1957 when he moved to Padiham as vicar, serving there for 11 years.

His happiest period though was as vicar of Clitheroe Parish Church and during this time he was very involved in many aspects of the town’s life.

He was chairman of governors for Clitheroe Royal Grammar School for many years and was involved in the operatic society, Toc H and as chaplain to the hospital.

He was county chaplain for Lancashire Scouts and received the Scouts’ Medal of Merit.

He also oversaw the partial rebuilding of Clitheroe Parish Church after the disastrous fire in the 1970s.

For 25 years he was the rural dean and was made an honorary canon of Blackburn Cathedral in 1979.

In retirement, he followed his interests including travel, model railways and cars – he had passed his driving test on his 17th birthday.

Canon Hudson continued to take services for the first 20 years of his retirement.

He leaves his wife Kay, son Ian and daughter Jill, plus four grandchildren.

At the time of the couple’s diamond wedding anniversary, all four grandchildren were at university at the same time, one grandson having followed him to Selwyn College, Cambridge, which pleased him greatly.

There will be a private cremation followed by a thanksgiving service at Clitheroe Parish Church on Monday.

His ashes will be interred at Clitheroe Parish Church on a date yet to be announced.