THE funeral has taken place of former Area Dean, Reverend Canon Alan Butler, who died on Monday, April 15.
Rev Butler was priest in charge at St Mary’s High Crompton for 19 years and St James, Thornham at the time of his death.
Mark Davies, the Bishop of Middleton, carried out the service at St Marys while David Sharples, Archdeacon of Salford, read the eulogy. Nearly 350 people attended the service.
Reverend Canon Sharon Jones, Saddleworth’s Team Rector, said: “It is with regret and with great sadness that we have learned our that former Area Dean, the Revd Canon Alan Butler.
“Please keep his family and both congregations of St Mary, High Crompton and St James , Thornham, in your prayers.
“He was such a good friend and holy man. Guide and companion to many. Died as he lived, full of gentleness, grace and love.”