Happy 70th Birthday to Graham Burton on Monday 8th March!
The death in Salisbury of my brother Edmund, on 17th October 2020, aged 96.Reverend E.S.Haviland 1924 – 2020.
Edmund, born in 1924, was eldest son of The Reverend Edmund Arthur Haviland who was Rector of Brightling from 1922 to 1930, in which year he became Rector of West Worthing.
Edmund was educated at Wellington College and afterwards went on to King’s College Cambridge where his degree studies were interrupted by the war. Edmund joined the RAF and became a pilot and remained in South Africa continuing to instruct further pilots till May 1945. He returned to UK and was due to fly to Burma to continue his service in the RAF when Japan surrendered. Edmund returned to finish his degree at Cambridge gaining an MA in History before studying at Wells Theological College and after his ordination at Southwark Cathedral in 1951, and after a curacy at St. Hellier, he spent many happy years as Rector of Ockbrook with Borrowash, Derbyshire and East Peckham, Kent, and then as the Bishop’s assistant in Umtata and his last pastoral position was Chaplain at Brixton Prison.
Edmund always took great interest in Brightling, as during his father’s time as Rector, he and his two brothers, Mark and John, were born in the Rectory.
Furthermore, Edmund, for many years, had been Patron of Warbleton (inherited from his father) a responsibility he took very seriously and made friends with a number of the current parishioners of both parishes.
He leaves three daughters, a son (now Chaplain of Epsom College), nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
His eldest daughter Margaret, at present studying for the priesthood at Sarum College Salisbury, has inherited the Patronage of Warbleton from her father, and so for another generation, at least, the Haviland family will continue their interest in this beautiful area of Sussex.
Yours sincerely, John Haviland.