Tributes paid to a popular Exeter vicar
TRIBUTES have been paid to the Rev Paul Green, former minister at Exeter's St Michael and All Angels Church, Pinhoe, who has died aged 87.
Mr Green was born inHandsworth, Birmingham, and was educated at King Edwards Grammar School.
He joined the Royal Navy in 1943 and took part in the Normandy landings as a very young recruit.
He was demobbed in 1946.
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During his time in the Navy he met his first wife Audrey in Southampton.
They had three children Jenni, Chris and Martyn.
On leaving the Navy he became a sales representative, but maintained his interest by joining the RNVR taking part in exercises over many years and finally attaining the rank of Lieutenant Commander RNVR.
After working for various companies Mr Green was employed by Nestlé. Due to promotions within that organisation the family moved around the Westcountry living in Teignmouth, Bristol and lastly Exeter.
Here the family worshipped at St Michael and All Angels, Pinhoe, and it was at this time that Mr Green had a calling to enter the Ministry.
He attended Salisbury Theological College from 1972 to 1974 and was ordained in Exeter Cathedral in 1974. He was licensed as curate at St Michael's Pinhoe, later to be the vicar until January 1985.
The following month he moved to Bishopsteignton where he was vicar at St Johns church. He retired in order to nurse his wife who died in June 1989.
He met Jan and they were married in November 1992. As a couple they worshipped at St Georges church Holcombe, where Paul continued his Ministry.
Rev Green was also an active volunteer for the Stroke Association and latterly Dawlish Community Transport.
He passed away peacefully on January 22. His wife Jan and children survive him.
Long time church member Beryl Hitchcock, said: "The Rev Green was a wonderful man and very dedicated. He will be greatly missed.
"He had served in the Royal Navy and in fact became a priest quite late in life.
"He did a great deal of work for the young church when Pinhoe was rapidly expanding and he started sessions at the primary school.
"He maintained contact with us at St Michael's. His late wife Audrey is buried here and he would visit her grave and also attend our coffee mornings.
"He will be greatly missed by many."