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Last Updated: Sunday, 21 May 2006, 14:50 GMT 15:50 UK
Taunton's Bishop Andrew, 62, dies
Bishop Andy Radford
Bishop Andy has been at his post since 1998
The Bishop of Taunton, the Rt Rev Andy Radford, has died.

Bishop Radford had suffered a brain tumour in September 2005 and had an operation to remove it.

He had been admitted to the Sue Ryder Hospice in Gloucester, near his family home, during the week before he died on Sunday morning.

The 62-year-old was consecrated at Southwark Cathedral in 1998, succeeding the Rt Rev Will Stewart who died the year before.

The Bishop of Bath and Wells, Rt Revd Peter Price, paid tribute to Bishop Radford, saying the loss would cause "deep sadness".

"Andrew's untimely death is a cause of deep sadness to his wife, Christine, his daughters, and all his family, friends, and colleagues in the Diocese of Bath and Wells and the wider Anglican Communion.

"Andrew had a distinguished and varied career in architecture, the media and in the church.

"A gifted communicator, he brought his skills into his ministry as a priest and bishop."

Bishop Radford grew up in Kingswood, near Bristol, where his father was vicar of Holy Trinity Church.

Religious producer

He attended Kingswood Grammar School and trained as a architect and surveyor and studied at Trinity College in Bristol.

He was ordained at Bristol Cathedral in 1974 and was appointed an assistant curate at St Mary's Church, Shirehampton.

During that time he worked at BBC Radio Bristol as religious programmes producer.

He worked alongside some famous names in broadcasting who were starting their careers at the station including Kate Adie and Michael Buerk.

He went on to become a parish priest in Bath and Wells, and moved to Gloucester as diocesan communications officer in 1985.

He moved to Taunton as Bishop in 1998.

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