Clergyman was a ‘leading light’

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A popular local clergyman regarded as a ‘leading light’ in the community and described as ‘one of nature’s gentlemen, has sadly passed away following an illness.

Reverend Dennis Hibbert, aged 90, of Nottingham Road, Kimberley endeared himself to everyone through his strong clergy links and his involvement with Eastwood Collieries Male Voice Choir.

Born in High Street Kimberley in 1924, Dennis was a scholar at Church Hill School and in his career as an engineer was employed at the Barlock Typewriter Company in Basford, Birnham Products in Eastwood, Wolsey Factory in Kimberley and Tilley and Guest at St Anns.

In 1968, the call of the ministry provided Dennis with an opportunity to take up a completely different vocation.

Dennis was ordained as a vicar in Mansfield, in 1974, and spent six years there before moving on to other churches.

In 1985 he was appointed as the Rector of St Patrick’s Church in Nuthall where he spent four years before the Bishop of Southwell invited him to officiate at specialist church services such as weddings and funerals.

He was regarded as one of Southwell Diocese’s most highly rated officials. He never failed to impress with his kindly ways and sympathetic manner.

Dennis was a valued member of the Eastwood Collieries Male Voice Choir whose singers will be paying tribute to a ‘great friend and brilliant person’ by singing at his funeral.

He was married to his devoted wife Gloria for 61-years.

A funeral service is to take place at St Patrick’s Church in Nuthall today, February 28 at 12.15pm.