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Rev Cannon David Adams, BSc (Died 6 April 2020, aged 73)


Obituary submitted by George Cassidy, on behalf of the family.


David Adams was born on 20 December 1946 to Dr John Hamilton and Doreen Margaret Adams (née Jones).  He attended Inchmarlo, before going to the Royal Belfast Academical Institution (Inst) from 1958 - 1965.  He attended Queen’s University Belfast from 1965, graduating in 1970 with a BSc in Architecture.  His DipArch followed in 1972. In 1973 he married Hilarie Dawson and they moved to Bristol.


He worked for the South Western Regional Health Authority and when this was privatised in 1992 he worked for MRM and then Rust until 1997.  His architectural work focused on designing hospital buildings in the South West of England.  He was instrumental in the collaboration between Rust and Consarc on the Causeway Hospital.


David was ordained in the Church of England in 1984.  He worked as a self-supporting minister from 1985 - 1997 at St Edyth’s Sea Mills in Bristol.  In 1997 at the age of 50 he decided to pursue ministry full-time.  He was curate of St Mary’s Henbury and St Mark’s Brentry until 2000.  He took up the post as vicar of Longwell Green, Bristol, where he would remain until his retirement in 2013. 


He served as Area Dean, and in 2010 was made an Honorary Canon of Bristol Cathedral.  On retirement he was made Canon Emeritus.  From a young age he only wanted to pursue two paths, one as an architect, and the other as an ordained priest.


Following his retirement in 2013 he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. David died on 6 April 2020.


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