Tributes paid to ‘pillar of the community’

Posted by: Belinda Hargreaves

Tue 30th April 2024

Tributes have been paid to a much-loved ‘pillar of the community’ in a Derbyshire village.
The Revd Stephen Potter, who retired from being a vicar in South Normanton last year, sadly passed away on April 14.
In a Facebook post about his passing, a spokesman for St Michael & All Angels Church in South Normanton said on April 15: “A message from our wardens: “We have sad news for you all today.
“Unfortunately our beloved Rev Stephen Potter passed away last night.
“As soon as we have any other information we will keep you all updated.”
Meanwhile the Diocese of Derby also announced Rev Potter’s sad passing. A spokesman announced on their website: “The Revd Stephen Potter, Curate of Chesterfield Holy Trinity and Christ Church (Derby) 1995 -1999, Priest-in-Charge of South Normanton 1999 – 2001, Rector of the same benefice 2001 – 2023, who retired in 2023, died on April 14, 2024.”
Rev Potter’s funeral is set to take place on Friday (May 3).
Staff and councillors from South Normanton Parish Council will be closing the council’s office to pay their respects.
A spokesman said: “The Parish Council office will be closed Friday, May 3, as staff and councillors pay tribute to Rev Stephen Potter.
“A pillar of the community for 24 years, providing much-needed support, kindness and laughter along the way.
“He will be deeply missed, and our thoughts are with his family at this time.”

Rev Potter’s funeral, which is being arranged by W Flint Funeral Service, will take place at St Michael’s Church in South Normanton at 10.45am on Friday, May 3.