The Diocese of Southwark issued a statement today to say that The Very Revd Colin Slee, Dean of Southwark, "died peacefully at his home surrounded by his family" in the early hours of Thursday morning. He was 65.
Colin Slee was appointed as provost of Southwark in 1994 and became Dean in 2000 after a standardisation of cathedral organisational structures across England. He was awarded the OBE in the Queen's birthday honours list in 2001.
He had recently been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
The cathedral's flag was flying at half-mast on Thursday as the news was announced.
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Colin Slee was a priest well up near the top of my list of personal heros. He was the man who stood up for Jeffrey John when Rowan Williams was doing his Judas impression. Colin told the truth as he saw it and damn the consequences. That is my definition of integrity - the one I adhere to myself.
That Colin wasn't there yesterday to speak the gospel to that dozy lot of wimps who call themselves General Synod is a great sadness.
I hereby dedicate the fight that is to come to the memory of Colin Slee. Please don't let him down. (MadPriest)