The Bishop and Dean of Leicester and our Director of Education have paid tribute to Sir David Samworth CBE DL on hearing the news of his death at the age of 87.
The Rt Revd Martyn Snow said: "David was a kind and gentle individual who not only ran a very successful business, employing large numbers of people in Leicester and Leicestershire, but also influenced the life of this city and county through his generosity and hospitality. He was a great friend to the church, both at local, parish level and the diocese more widely. We give thanks to God for his life and ministry, and pray for Rosemary and their wider family."
The Very Revd David Monteith said: "I only have thankfulness as I remember Sir David's kindness and generosity as former Honorary President of the Cathedral College of Canons and as a huge encourager and supporter of Leicester Cathedral Revealed. David taught me so much about leadership and service in the name of Christ. Our love and prayers are with Lady Rosemary, and their family."
Canon Carolyn Lewis, Diocesan Director of Education, said: "Sir David Samworth made an extraordinary contribution to education most especially with his inspirational vision for a Church school in Leicester. He was determined to support children and young people to live life to the full. Sir David will be greatly missed and we are thankful for his life and work which has made such an impact in our community."
You can read more about Sir David's extraordinary career, his Christian faith and his many contributions to local, national and international communities on the Samworth Brother's website here.