Cockington vicar bids farewell after 1,057 baptisms and 24 years of weddings
REV Anthony Macey is retiring from Cockington parish after 24 years of dedicated service.
Preb Macey started work on May 18, 1988, and by the time he finishes on November 4, will have clocked up 8,936 days of work in the parish.
He was ordained as a deacon on June 27, 1971, and was ordained as a priest on July 2, 1972.
He was ordained by Bishop Robert Mortimer and was originally destined to serve his curacy in Ilfracombe, North Devon, but this changed and he served as the youngest of three curates at St Thomas in Exeter, under the pupilage of the Rev Russell Mayne.
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It was there he met his wife Pamela, when he was asked to show her the ways of the youth club — a year later, in 1973, the pair were married.
"We had to ask permission to get married," said Pamela, who helped compile this piece as a surprise.
His next posting was as the vicar of Wembury, where he was in charge of a parish of around 4,000.
In March, 1977, Rev Macey and his wife were expecting their first child, Stephen, and he passed his driving test the day before Stephen was born.
In the meantime, parishioners rallied to his aid, while his father-in-law made him practise reversing down the narrow church drive which runs next to the cliff-edge.
He was also appointed as a naval chaplain to the gunnery school of HMS Cambridge which had its own chapel of St Barbara.
Elizabeth and Michael were born in 1980 and 1981.
In 1988, the diocesan bishop decreed it was time for a change and Rev Macey came to Cockington parish in May.
He has overseen 1,057 baptisms and 24 years of weddings.
He oversaw the introduction of common worship at Cockington, moving midnight mass back to the parish and helping to build a community centre at St Peter's.
One of the highlights of his work, and also one of the most demanding, has been his role as chairman of governors at Sherwell Valley and Cockington primary schools.
The Maceys will be moving but staying within Torquay, and Pamela will continue as a lay preacher in Paignton.
"We'll miss being in the centre of the community," Pamela said.
"Our phone rings all the time. Of course, that can be a double-edged sword but we will miss it."