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Fr. Cecil Champneys Burnham

1914 - 2002

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Eulogy from Fr. Bill Bulloch


It was a great honour and privilege for me to be able to conduct the funeral Mass of Fr Cecil. The number of people who attended  spoke volumes about just how effective his ministry had been and how deep an affection all that knew him held him in.

Fr Cecil had a great love of the parish of St Wilfrid and made it his home for many years. He always said it was one of the most  friendly churches he had ever had the privilege of knowing. You realise what a compliment that is when you think of the fact that he  must have known quite a few parishes during his sixty-two years of priesthood. His death, whilst not unexpected, still came as a blow  to those of us who knew him. His final illness had not been an easy time but he bore it bravely with the love and support of Sheila and  the rest of his family.

His presence in our parish family will be deeply missed, but the legacy of his witness to Jesus Christ in his ministry and in his time with  us will be around for many years to come.

“So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, “Lord you delivered to me five talents; look I have  gained you five more talents besides them.” “His Lord said to him, “well done good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few  things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your Lord.” (Matthew 25: 20-21)


Fr. Bill Bulloch


(as entered in the August 2002 edition of the St. Wilfrid's Magazine following the funeral of Fr. Cecil at St. Wilfrid's Church on 16 July, 2002. Fr. Bill conducted the service.)

A Poem by Don Durrant


In affectionate remembrance of

Father Cecil Champneys Burnham


When we think of the life of Father Cecil

We know he was someone very special

For the church magazine from time to time

Displayed his latest work in rhyme

The subjects ranged from fact to rumour

But all were delivered in such good humour

It must be good for one’s epitaph

To say ‘He could make people laugh’

The rhyme that I like best of all

Is the mouse at Harvest Festival

We are all so sorry that it’s come to an end

And we say goodbye to a very old friend

For 62 years he served as a priest

For that alone he deserves a feast

The gates of Heaven will open wide

And St. Peter will say ‘Come inside’

You’ve laboured long and served God truly

Would you like to try our heavenly brulee

As on your wings you start to buckle

We’ll remember you with a smile and a chuckle


Don Durrant