Death of popular Happisburgh lay minister
A popular Lay Minister who has been serving the village of Happisburgh for more than 60 years has died at the age of 89.
Raymond Sanders has lived and preached for many years and loved the village life at Happisburgh, regularly serving at the local St Mary’s church. He was greatly respected by the community for his loyalty and support. He died peacefully at home with his wife, Margaret, at his side on May 19.
Mr Sanders was born in 1927 at St Giles, in Norwich and joined the choir, at St Mary’s, Earlham, in Norwich, aged eight. After leaving school at 14, he got a job and trained as an electrical engineer with Eastern Electricity. In 1945, aged 18, he was called-up to join the Navy as an electrician. They had two boys, Mark and Paul, who eventually studied at Oxford, followed with careers in teaching and accountancy. They also had four granddaughters - Dorothy, Ella, Zoe and Millie.
For the last few years, Mr Sanders was suffering from prostate cancer but insisted enjoying life to the full, stating often: “It can be done.” Last year he was nominated to receive the Queen’s Maundy Money by the Diocese, the Regional Church of England Authority and the Royal Maundy Service.
A service of thanksgiving was held at St Mary’s church, Happisburgh on Wednesday, June 7.
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