21st Jan, 2022

Popular Coventry priest Father Bob has road in Wyken named in his memory

A POPULAR priest from Coventry who passed away has had a road named after him in Wyken in his honour.

Father Robert Wright – fondly known in the community as Father Bob – died last year at the age of 68 and had called St John Fisher’s Church home for a quarter of a century.

Robert Wright Drive can be found on a new housing scheme in the area being delivered by Deeley Group’s Affordable Living division.

The development is being delivered in partnership with housing provider Stonewater and will see the construction of 39 affordable new homes on Tiverton Road.

Robert was born in Hillfields in 1951 and was ordained as Roman Catholic Priest in 1977.

He served in Bicester, Nuneaton, Redditch and as Chaplain to the West Indian community in Birmingham, before returning to his home city of Coventry as Parish Priest of St John Fisher in Wyken in 1995.

Liz Carr, Robert’s sister and a former teacher at St Augustine’s School, said: “We were delighted to hear that a road was being named after Rob, especially given its proximity to St John Fisher‘s Church, his home for 25 years.

“He spent many happy years there, serving his parish and the local community, devoting his life to his ministry.

“Whilst he would have been embarrassed at the thought of a road being named after him, his family and friends are really proud, as it is testimony to his hard work and commitment, and the regard he is held in, by all those who knew him.”

Peter Deeley, managing director of Deeley Group, added: “We have been working in the community here in Wyken for many years and for the last quarter of a century Father Bob has been right at the heart of that community.

“It is fitting and rightful honour for a great man who had such a profound impact on those he met and supported during his life.

“We hope he would be supportive of our development at Tiverton Road and the creation of new affordable homes for the community which held him in such high regard.”

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