Tributes have been paid to the Reverend David Streeter, who has died aged 73.
Mr Streeter, rector of Stradbroke, Horham, Athelington and Redlingfield until he retired three years ago, died peacefully in his sleep at home on Tuesday, October 20.
He leaves wife Margaret and son Daniel.
Born in Essex, he attended Harrow School, before going on to study at Pembroke College in Cambridge, obtaining BA and MA degrees.
He became priest-in-charge of Stradbroke and its surrounds in 1982, and rector of the same patch until his retirement.
He also served as rural dean of Hoxne from 1991 to 2000.
He would love making people laugh. All he wanted was for people to be relaxed and happyMargaret Streeter
Mrs Streeter, who told the Diss Express she had received more than 100 cards of condolence, said her husband always wanted to be a priest since a young age. His nickname at prep school was ‘Bishop’, and Mrs Streeter said he would hold services around the trees at the school.
“He was a one-off, really,” she said. “He used to enjoy life. He loved getting involved and doing things for anybody, and he joined in with everything.”
Mrs Streeter also described his “quirky” sense of humour.
“Whenever we were in a bit of a pickle, miserable or depressed, David would produce a limerick.
“We would go out for a drink in the evening and there it would be.
“He would love making people laugh. All he wanted was for people to be relaxed and happy.”
Mrs Streeter said he was “colourful”, “caring” and “humble”.
During his stint of nearly three decades in the area, he also dabbled in amateur drama.
Donations in Mr Streeter’s memory can be sent to St Elizabeth Hospice, Foxhall Road, Ipswich, IP3 8LX. A memorial service will be confirmed at a later day.
n Pay your tributes to Mr Streeter. Email firstname.lastname@example.org