RIP Canon Dennis Sneath, Vicar of Camp Hill, Nuneaton

Posted on the 22nd Aug 2013 in the category Announcements

Sidney Dennis Sneath was born in August 1923 and after serving in the Royal Navy during the war, he entered Leeds University gained a BA in 1950. He began his ministry at the Abbey Church of St Mary the Virgin, Nuneaton some 61 years ago being made priest in 1953. He was most probably the longest serving incumbent in the Church of England, having been installed in office before the mandatory retirement age was changed to 70.


Father Dennis, as he was known, became the first [and only] Vicar of Camp Hill in 1959, raising money for the building of the parish Church. There are many wonderful and almost mythological stories of his bold and remarkable Christian work in the area. Many in Nuneaton will remember him, some even from their school days after his outstanding work in the local primary schools during the 1960 and 70’s. One lady in her mid 80’s recently recalled how he conducted her wedding in 1954 making it a remarkable day.


Dennis was made an Honorary Canon of Coventry Cathedral in 1980 for his outstanding work and although he has missed his Diamond Anniversary as a priest he will be remembered with affection by all to whom he ministered.


He died on Tuesday 13th August in George Eliot Hospital after many years of illness.  His body will be received into the parish church on Wednesday 28th August at 4:30 and his Funeral mass will take place on the following day, Thursday at 1pm.


May he rest in peace and rise with Christ in Glory.

Brian Regan ssc