Death of Bishop Robert (Roy) Alexander Warke, Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross (1988 to 1998)

The Right Reverend Dr Paul Colton, Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross, has made the following statement upon receiving the news of the death of his predecessor, the Right Reverend Robert (Roy) Alexander Warke, who was Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross from 1988 to 1998.

I am very sad indeed to hear, and to convey to the clergy and people of Cork, Cloyne and Ross and to the wider community in Cork City and County,  the news of the death, last evening in Dublin, of our former Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross, the Right Reverend Robert (Roy) Alexander Warke.

Bishop Warke’s daughter telephoned me with the news this morning and, naturally, his death, coming as it does only nineteen days following the funeral of his wife Mrs  Eileen Warke, is a great shock to everyone.  They were an inseparable couple and much loved while they were here.

At a personal level, Bishop Warke was always a constant, prayerful, practical and friendly support to me as his successor, and, following his retirement, took a keen interest in the Diocese and in all that is going on in Cork.  He recently sent his greetings on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the consecration of St Fin Barre’s Cathedral.  

Many people in the United Dioceses still recall and refer to his sermon and involvement in the major Diocesan celebration in 1995 for the Decade of Evangelism held in Millstreet, County Cork when all clergy and people of the Diocese and further afield were invited to be present.

On my own behalf and on behalf of us all in Cork, Cloyne and Ross I extend our sincere sympathy to Bishop and Mrs Warke’s family, especially to his daughters Ruth and Jane and their families,

Bishop Warke was Bishop of this Diocese from 1st February 1988 until his retirement at the end of 1998.  He returned to visit the Diocese as my and our guest on a number of significant occasions including for the 250th anniversary of Kingston College in Mitchelstown when the photograph below of him (on the left) with me and Bishop Samuel Poyntz (his immediate predecessor) was taken:

Episcopal succession: Bishop Roy Warke (left) with (centre) his successor Bishop Paul Colton, and his predecessor, Bishop Samuel Poyntz (right) at Kingston College, Mitchelstown, County Cork in 2011.

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