Vale • Peter Dwyer

St Paul’s Cathedral gives thanks for the life and work of Mr Peter Dwyer, for over 21 years Dean’s Verger of the Cathedral. In his retirement, Peter served the Cathedral he loved so much as a volunteer guide. Peter died on 12 June after a short illness. Details of his funeral will be published later.

At Peter’s retirement, in January 2019, Dean Andreas reflected on Peter’s ministry: ‘Peter served three Archbishops of Melbourne, four Deans and five Precentors. I recall well when I first began unpacking the many boxes of books in my study here at the Cathedral, Peter was readily at hand to unpack, help build shelves, polish the brass, and take his part in ensuring that I settled in quickly and well. The same held true in his attention to detail in assisting at major events, especially the season of Lent and Easter – the annual reminders of the loving servanthood of Christ, and the rule of life eternal that is the result of the ransom given for many on the cross’. 

Blessing Peter (pictured above) the Dean continued: ‘ I thank you, Peter, for following the call of Christ into servant leadership in your ministry here at St Paul’s: I am grateful for your length of service, and for your continued association with us as a volunteer guide, enabling others to learn about the example of service of the Son of Man’.

It is to the loving mercy of Christ, who is the resurrection and the life of all that place their trust in him, that we commend Peter.

Peter’s funeral will be held at All Saints, Preston on Monday 21st June at 12noon. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, numbers are limited, and the service will be livestream via this link: