Our Excellent Companion and Friend the Reverend Marcus Clement Brown died peacefully at his home in Rodmell, Sussex, with his wife Jenny and children Henry and Claire by his side, on October 3 2020. He was 69.

Marcus had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer just two months before.

His funeral on 20 October 2020 was held under the restrictions in place during the current pandemic but nonetheless scores of people lined the streets of Rodmell as his was taken to St Peter’s Church for his funeral.

He went to Asham and then Eastbourne College (Nugent and then Wargrave), where he was a keen athlete and swimmer, and sang in the choir.

He went to Law School in Guildford before spending a career in the insurance world, first with Bain Dawes before heading to the City and taking on a global portfolio. He was made a Freeman of the City of London.

After retirement he realised a life’s vocation and was ordained in June 2010 in Chichester and became the Assistant Vicar in the Benefice of Kingston, Iford, Rodmell and Southease, working closely with the Reverend Geoff Daw. He was also chaplain to the St Peter and St James Hospice for five years.

He was Trustee of the Raystede Animal Sanctuary for some thirteen years and a Governor of Northease Manor School for the same period.

He was a keen Rotarian as well as Freemason, and loved Rugby, Golf, Skiing, Squash and riding and walking his dogs, especially over his favourite South Downs.

Requiescat in pace

A Tribute to Marcus Brown by the Reverend Geoff Daw