John Moore writes:
CANON John Howard Davies, who died on 13 April, aged 92, was a gifted priest, scholar, and musician, who was most effectively often called a long-serving member of the previous division of theology on the College of Southampton.
In actual fact, John embodied all the historical past of the division in himself: he was appointed the primary full-time lecturer after its inception in 1963 and he retired as director of theology and spiritual research when the division closed in 1994. Southampton’s theology division had remained pretty small, and in addition relatively conventional in its strategy, regardless of being renamed theology and spiritual research; and so, throughout a interval of monetary constraint within the early Nineties, the division was closed, and this coincided with John’s retirement.
The division, nonetheless, had turn into influential within the area with the establishing within the Eighties of the College of Southampton Faculty of Theology and Faith, which concerned shut educational collaboration with the Anglican theological schools at Chichester and Salisbury, with the Roman Catholic La Sainte Union School of Greater Schooling, and the Catholic Seminary at Wonersh. This improvement was largely as a consequence of John’s inspiration and management, and he zealously handed over the management place to others with a purpose to proceed the College’s position as a validating establishment.
John was born in 1929, was introduced up in west London, and went to Southall Grammar Faculty. His educational and musical talents took him to St John’s School, Cambridge, the place he was a choral scholar, and he initially studied music, gaining a primary in Half 1 of the music tripos in 1949. He then moved to review theology, earlier than coaching for the Anglican ministry, additionally gaining a primary partially 1. He did his Nationwide Service within the RAF and have become a navigation officer — apparently, every so often, utilizing his information of English cathedrals to help him in his job.
He educated for ordination at Westcott Home, Cambridge, and was ordained deacon in 1955 to be curate and succentor of Derby Cathedral. The following yr he was ordained priest and married Ina Bubb, who had been a fellow scholar at Cambridge and who later taught part-time within the theology division at Southampton.
Whereas at Derby, John undertook analysis for a level in New Testomony research at Nottingham College, and this was awarded in 1962. From Derby, John returned to Westcott Home as Chaplain in 1958, and, after 5 years there, he moved along with his younger household to Southampton, the place he remained for the remainder of his profession and his life.
John might in all probability be described as quintessentially Anglican, and, as a priest, he was within the Catholic custom. He valued well-ordered liturgy with average ceremonial, critical preaching, and punctiliously chosen music. At Southampton, he discovered a religious residence at St Alban’s, not removed from the college, the place the parish communion service was on the coronary heart of worship; he was an honorary assistant priest there from about 1964 (and later, after the 2 parishes joined, additionally at St Mary’s, South Stoneham) till simply earlier than his ultimate sickness and demise.
He was Canon Theologian of Winchester Cathedral between 1981 and 1991. In addition to having a nice singing voice, John was additionally an completed organist, having achieved his Fellowship of the Royal School of Organists in 1952, and, when not presiding or deaconing, would usually play the organ for companies. As a church musician, he was a member of the Archbishops’ Fee on Church Music which reported in 1992. The report was subsequently printed by the Royal Faculty of Church Music as In Tune with Heaven.
John might be stern on events, particularly with college students when he felt that the state of affairs wanted it, however he was primarily pleasant and good-natured, and on social events was pleasant firm. He and Ina have been very hospitable to college students at Southampton, usually internet hosting Christmas events for the theology division. He might appear uncompromising at occasions, however in parish life, as soon as a company resolution had been taken, he would loyally perform what had been determined, no matter his private emotions.
In his household life, John suffered a number of tragedies, together with the demise of his spouse when solely 56; the demise of a son, Christopher, in infancy; and the demise of his eldest son, John, after an accident. He bore all these with braveness and steadfastness.
He’s survived by his sons Michael and Peter and 7 grandchildren. He shall be remembered with respect and affection by all who knew him.