Vale Canon Beryl Coombe OAM

The Dean and Chapter of St Paul’s Cathedral give thanks for the life of Canon emerita Beryl Coombe OAM.

At their meeting on Tuesday, Archbishop Dr Philip Freier led Chapter in prayer for Beryl’s family and friends and remembered her contribution to the work of the Cathedral.

Beryl was a Lay Canon of St Paul’s from 1998-2005, occupying the Chapter stall of Bishop Charles Perry. She was made Canon emerita in 2018. Following her retirement from Chapter, Beryl continued to serve as a member of the Cathedral’s Building Committee. Former chair, Canon Colin Reilly, reflected on her retirement from the committee:

Her diligence, good humour, common sense, and gift for asking the questions that clarified issues for all will be greatly missed.

For more than a decade, Beryl was a member of Archbishop in Council. She served as a Trustee of the Melbourne Anglican Trust Corporation, was a member of the Board of Anglicare Victoria and chair of Board of Ridley Melbourne.

Dean Andreas Loewe said:

‘We thank Beryl for a lifetime of service to the Anglican Church in Melbourne, and especially for her love of St Paul’s Cathedral. Her generosity of spirit, resources and self have greatly contributed to the work of our Cathedral. We will miss her, and give thanks that she is now at rest with her Lord, and reunited with her beloved Sidwell’.

Details of Beryl’s funeral arrangements will be published at a later stage. May she rest in peace and rise in glory!