It is with great sadness that I pass along the news of the death of the Revd Tom Heffer, the Secretary General of The Mission to Seafarers, MtS. Fr Tom was well known in this Diocese in Europe, where MtS is very active and where several of our own priests are either MtS appointments or serve as MtS honorary chaplains.
On Tuesday 17 April, Fr Tom lost consciousness whilst driving to work and had a minor collision. His heart was restarted at the scene by emergency service personnel and he was taken to a North London hospital where he remained, unconscious, in the Intensive Treatment Unit. In the early evening of Monday, 23 April, he passed away with his family by his side.
The Diocese has lost a much loved and respected colleague. We shall miss his outstanding service on behalf of MtS in support of our common mission.
Please remember Tom's wife Roz and his daughter Abi, and other members of his family, in their grief and loss.
Funeral arrangements are not yet finalised. Further information can be obtained directly from the Mission to Seafarers website here.
Heavenly Father, we commend to you your servant Tom. Open to him the gate to life and eternal fellowship with you.