Funeral of ‘inspirational’ St Nicholas Hospice Care founder announced

Canon Richard Norburn MBE. Picture: ST NICHOLAS HOSPICE CARE

Canon Richard Norburn MBE. Picture: ST NICHOLAS HOSPICE CARE - Credit: Archant

The life of the founder and president of a Bury St Edmunds-based charity – who recognised more care was needed for those at the end of their lives – will be celebrated at his funeral.

Canon Richard Norburn MBE, who founded St Nicholas Hospice Care, died at his home in Bury St Edmunds on Wednesday, November 15, aged 85.

His funeral will take place on Wednesday, December 13, at All Saints Church, Park Road, Bury St Edmunds at 10.30am, and following the service there will be a gathering in the church hall community room.

Barbara Gale, St Nicholas Hospice Care chief executive officer, said: “Canon Norburn was and will remain the inspiration for the work the hospice does. His warmth, kindness and genuine care for everyone he met are the foundations of our hospice.

“Richard is missed by all of us, but we are all proud to be able to continue to build on his achievements and continue the compassionate vision he had for St Nicholas Hospice Care.

“Richard did so much, not just for the hospice, but for the whole community, the celebration of his life will be a chance for us all to reflect and remember the difference he has made.”


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Family flowers only are requested, with any donations made in lieu of flowers shared between All Saints Church and the hospice.

Remembrance books will also be placed in each of the hospice’s shops, the charity’s hub in Haverhill and at its Bury St Edmunds Hospice in Hardwick Lane. The books are intended to provide an opportunity for people to reflect, share memories and leave messages for Canon Norburn’s family.

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