Obituary - Revd Canon Peter Nicholson OBE MA

Canon Peter Nicholson, a beloved former Precentor of Peterborough Cathedral, died on 6 June at the age of ninety-six. Peter was born in Norfolk and was educated at Paston Grammar School, North Walsham. On leaving school, he joined the Royal Corps of Signals and served in Italy and India. He later worked as a housemaster in two approved schools. Peter trained for the ministry at Chichester Theological College and was ordained in 1959. Three years later, he became Minor Canon, Precentor and Sacrist of Peterborough Cathedral, where he served until 1967. His fine baritone voice, kindly nature and wonderful pastoral gifts made him an ideal Precentor. He was appointed Vicar of Wroxham and Hoveton in the Diocese of Norwich in 1967. Peter moved to become Vicar of Lyme Regis in 1974. He then became General Secretary and Chaplain of St. Luke’s Hospital for the Clergy in London in 1980, where he stayed until he retired in 1993. He was awarded a Lambeth MA in 1989, was appointed prebendary of Chichester Cathedral in the same year and in 1992 received the OBE.

Peter’s wife, Dorothy, predeceased him. He leaves two children, Tim and Jess, and a whole host of friends, all of whom were so sad to learn of his passing.