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The Rev. Paul Breeze

On the evening of Monday 20th January, I picked up on Twitter that the Rev. Paul Breeze had died. Later it became clearer what had happened. The Telegraph and Argus and the Wharfedale Observer reported that, following heart surgery on Saturday 18th January, Paul had died peacefully. He was 62 years old. It was such sad news.

A Thanksgiving service for Paul will be held at Trinity Church, Rawdon on Monday, 3rd February at 1.30pm

Trinity Church is located on New Road Side in Rawdon, Leeds, off the
roundabout where the A65 meets the A658. GPS postcode is LS19 6AS

The family would like clerical attire and black to be avoided.
Thank you

Paul Breeze came from a Methodist family in Liverpool and joined the Congregational Church in his teens. He worked in industry and commerce, then moved to London and worked in a children's home where he spent eight years. He married Kate in 1982 and a year later, entered training college for the ministry at Cambridge. They went on to have two sons, Dan and Josh.

Pal served in inner city Birmingham before moving to Dronfield. He came to Saltaire in April 2003, then, three years ago, went to serve the congregation at Trinity Church in Rawdon. His family home remained in Shipley.

During his time at Saltaire he described the importance of the uniting and reforming function of the Church and of working together with other denominations.

Trinity Church at Rawdon have spoken of their loss: "... It is difficult if not impossible to do justice to the way in which he has touched so many lives in such a profound way. How many times more must this have been repeated throughout his life and his Ministry before he came to us?

Paul, you see, had an extraordinary ability to get alongside people. Many will testify to this, as he shared fully with them in times of great joy, trial and sadness. Here was a man of huge faith and confidence, who loved and cherished his Ministry and especially that part of his role as Pastor which brought him into the most intimate relationship with his flock."

Paul Breeze is remembered with huge affection. He was a kind and caring man. He was approachable and supportive. He will be greatly missed. Our hearts go out to his family, Kate, his wife, his sons, Dan and Josh, and his countless friends.

Share your memories

If you would like to share your memories of Paul and offer condolencies, Trinity Church have provided an online page for you to do so. Please follow this link >

Here is an article written about Paul by local historian, Roger Clarke. More >




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