A ‘much loved and dedicated’ vicar who served the people of Aylesbury for ten years has died suddenly aged 52.
The Reverend Dave Lawton, who was based at the Church of the Good Shepherd, died on Saturday evening after being admitted to Stoke Mandeville Hospital.
He leaves behind his wife Kate, and son Joseph, 14.
Reverend Lawton was very active the Aylesbury community, and was a governor at Ashmead School.
He was also a member of the Walton Court and Southcourt Residents Associations and helped to build church and community life in Quarendon.
Young people also knew Reverend Lawton, and he was an active member of the Aylesbury Vale Youth For Christ group.
The Bishop of Buckingham Rev Dr Alan Wilson, said: “Dave was a much loved a very dedicated community priest.
“He showed great devotion to the people he served and had a real heart for young people.
“He will be hugely missed by all who knew him.”
The news of Reverend Lawton’s death was broken to his congregation during Sunday morning’s service.
Bishop Alan and Canon Andrew Blyth attended and were on hand to offer comfort to the shocked church members.
Canon Blyth said: “Everyone is in shock, but the congregation is pulling together and supporting each other.”
Rev Lawton trained for the ministry at Cramer Hall in Durham and was ordained in 2000.
He moved to Aylesbury in 2004 from a previous parish in Deptford, London and has served at the Vicar of Southcourt ever since.
A service of celebration for his life will be held at the Church of the Good Shepherd on Wednesday, February 25 at 1pm.