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Monday 21 June 1999

The death has occurred today, 21st June, of William Gilbert Wilson former Bishop of Kilmore, Elphin and Ardagh who retired in 1993 and was aged 81. He is survived by his wife Peggy and 6 children.

Gilbert Wilson was ordained in 1942 and served as curate in St Mary Magdalene, Belfast, Diocese of Connor from 1941 to 1944. He then served as curate of St Comgall, Bangor, Diocese of Down and Dromore from 1944 to 1947 and Incumbent of Armoy with Loughguile, Diocese of Connor from 1944 to 1976. He was a Canon of Connor Cathedral from 1964 to 1976, Incumbent of Christ Church, Lisburn from 1976 to 1981, Dean of Connor from 1976 to 1981 and Bishop of Kilmore, Elphin and Ardagh from 1981 to 1993.

   In paying tribute to the former Bishop the Church of Ireland Primate, Archbishop Robin Eames said, "Bishop Wilson was one to the best known and respected senior clergy of his generation in the Church of Ireland. As former Dean of Connor and Bishop of Kilmore, Elphin and Ardagh he was renowned for his attention to detail and command of the Constitution of our Church. He was a fearless promoter of any cause he believed in on the floor of the General Synod. But I never knew him to harbour a grudge against any opponent. He had a particular interest in any issue that threatened the position of the clergy. His writings on the Church of Ireland and it's doctrine, his frequent addresses to clerical societies, and his transparent integrity as a diocesan bishop will be long remembered. On behalf of the Church of Ireland I extent my sincere sympathy to his wife and family circle."

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