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Bidding farewell to Bishop Ben



Bishop Ben Wright at his retirement service. Bishop Ben Wright at his retirement service.

HEATHRIDGE Anglican parish is mourning the loss of much loved priest, Bishop Ben Wright, who died at Meath Care in Kingsley on Friday, January 22, after a long illness. He was 67.

Bishop Ben, as he was affectionately known, served 41 years as a priest, retiring about three years ago as priest-in-charge at St Mary Magdalene Anglican Church in Caridean Street.

He served also in Applecross, Narembeen, Moora, Alice Springs, Scarborough and Busselton. He was Goldfields Regional Bishop, Assistant Bishop of Perth and Bishop of Bendigo.

An attempt to retire to Perth because of ill health in 1996 did not last long, with a request to mentor in Joondalup parish. His appointment to Heathridge followed soon after.

Heathridge parishioners remember Bishop Ben’s quick wit, work ethic and inspirational legacy.

“Bishop Ben had so many friends all over the place because of the person he was,” St Mary Magdalene people’s warden Jean Walker said.

“He helped so many people and listened to so many people. His influence will live on and we will all remember him.”

Bishop Ben leaves wife Annette, children Christopher, Catherine and Richard, and four grandchildren.

A memorial service at his former parish, St Columba’s in Scarborough, followed a private cremation service at Pinnaroo Valley Memorial Park on February 1.

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