Statement – The Rev’d Dr Norman Robinson

It is with great sadness that the Diocese of Carlisle announces the death of the Rev’d Dr Norman Robinson, Priest-in-Charge of Westward, Rosley with Woodside, Welton, Caldbeck, Sebergham, Castle Sowerby and formerly Thursby.

Norman had been admitted to the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle for a very serious operation. Unfortunately, during the operation he had a stroke which caused extensive brain damage, and he was in the end declared dead on Friday afternoon (15 July). His family agreed that his organs should be offered for donation, and that has happened, benefiting three recipients.

The Rt Rev’d James Newcome, the Bishop of Carlisle, said: “Norman was a faithful and well-loved priest who served in this Diocese for 26 years, including a long spell as Assistant Rural Dean.

“Amongst many events in that time, I particularly remember us congratulating him when he was awarded his PhD in philosophy. He will be much missed by all of us who knew him. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mary his wife, and their sons David (and his wife Bella and their daughter Eva) and Jonathan (and his partner Josie), and with the parishioners of the benefice.”

Norman was ordained Deacon in 1980 and Priest in 1981 and served his curacy in Bebington on the Wirral as well as in St Helens.

In 1990 he moved to the Diocese of Carlisle after his appointment as Priest-in-Charge of Westward and Rosley with Woodside and Welton, was Priest-in-Charge of Thursby from 1998 to 2010, before serving Caldbeck, Castle Sowerby and Sebergham.


The family of the Rev’d Dr Norman Robinson has asked that any further requests for information should be directed to Dave Roberts, Diocesan Communications Manager, on 07469 153658, 01768 807764 or at