Stephen – An Appreciation

Stephen Roger Drury was born in 1945 at Chesterfield, Derbyshire, only days before VE day, and was referred to as a peace time baby by his parents, Phillip and Edith.

He was educated at Brimington village primary school and Chesterfield Boys’ Grammer School before securing a place to read Law at University College, London.  After completing his law society exams he was articled to Hotter & Sons Solicitors in Chesterfield and moved to Scarborough in 1970 to work with Thorpe and Co until his retirement in 2006.  During his final year at Thorpe & Co, Stephen was accepted for ordination training at Mirfield College of the Resurrection, and was ordained in York Minster in 2007, later completing a Masters in Theology at York St John.

He returned to St John the Baptist Church, East Ayton, where he had worshipped since arriving in Scarborough, first as Curate, then Curate in Charge until January 2015, when he became Priest in Charge of St Columba, Scarborough.

He built up a good relationship with the members of this congregation, and  was a well respected member of the Clergy Chapter.  He was actively involved in various charities and was a member of Scarborough Rotary Club, where his enthusiasm was greatly appreciated.  He had a lifelong love of music, which showed in his playing of the church organ and organising/training the small choir for Christmas and other occasions.

The thoughts and prayers of all members of the congregation of St John the Baptist Church are with Judith, Phillipa & Kev, James & Liz, Rachel, and grandchildren Evie, Rowan and Thomas.

(some thoughts and memories of Stephen are recorded in the centre pages of the December ’16-January ’17 edition of Grapevine  – available at the back of Church for 50p a copy)

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