Ex-Armagh Archdeacon and hospital chaplain Raymond Hoey dies at age of 73
The former Archdeacon of Armagh, Raymond Hoey, has died after a long illness aged 73.
The Co Fermanagh native was educated at Portora Royal School in Enniskillen and Trinity College Dublin.
Mr Hoey was ordained in 1972 and first served as curate of St Mark's, Portadown.
Most of his ministry was spent as Rector of Christ Church Bessbrook and St Luke's Mullaglass from 1978.
He was appointed Archdeacon by Archbishop Robin Eames in 1992, a position he held for 22 years.
He was chaplain of Daisy Hill Hospital in Newry during the worst years of the Troubles.
The Archdeacon served on a great many diocesan and central church committees, notably as a member of the Representative Church Body, the General Synod and its Standing Committee, over many years.
He was a member of the Central Communications Board and was Chairman of the Internet Committee when the first Church of Ireland website was prepared and launched in 1997.
In addition he was for a time chairman of the Church of Ireland Press which owns the Church of Ireland Gazette.
He retired from full-time ministry in 2014.
Archdeacon Hoey died peacefully on Saturday at the Southern Area Hospice.
He is survived by his wife Florrie, children Shauna and Jonathan, and grandchildren Emily and Erin.
He was predeceased by his first wife Joyce in 2006.
His funeral service will be held today at 1pm in St Patrick's Cathedral in Armagh followed by a private cremation.