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Funeral to honour bishop's life

Rt Revd Ian Cundy
Rt Revd Ian Cundy was pronounced dead at Swindon Hospital

Preparations are under way for the funeral of the Bishop of Peterborough, the Rt Revd Ian Cundy.

The funeral will be held at Peterborough Cathedral on 19 May.

Representatives from the Diocese of Peterborough are helping to organise the funeral and the process of choosing the bishop's replacement has begun.

Bishop Cundy, 64, died on Thursday. He had been suffering from cancer and had announced he would retire in July because of his illness.

Suffragan Bishop of Brixworth, the Rt Revd Frank White, who has assumed Bishop Cundy's duties until a successor is appointed, said: "We're looking forward to a celebration of Bishop Ian's life with people from all his wide range of involvements."

Bishop Cundy had undergone chemotherapy but his cancer had recently spread.

He collapsed while on his way from Cambridgeshire to a family gathering in the West Country.



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