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Funeral date set for former Bishop of Portsmouth

Right Reverend Dr Kenneth Stevenson
Image caption Colleagues said Bishop Stevenson had God "running through his veins"

The funeral of the former Bishop of Portsmouth, who died after battling cancer, will be held on 26 January.

The Rt Rev Dr Kenneth Stevenson, who served as Church of England bishop for the city for 14 years, had successfully been treated for leukaemia.

But it led to a deterioration in the 61-year-old's health and his resilience to infection and he died on Tuesday night following a short illness.

His funeral service will be held at Portsmouth Anglican Church.

His family has asked for any donations to be shared between the leukaemia charity Red and White Appeal at Southampton General Hospital and Ministry Development in Portsmouth Diocese.

Following the death, his colleagues paid tribute to a "very great bishop".

The Rt Rev John Gladwin, who was Bishop of Guildford from 1994 to 2003 and Bishop of Chelmsford from 2003 to 2009, said he was a "big person" who had "the love of God running through his veins".

Bishop Kenneth, the eighth Bishop of Portsmouth, was born near Edinburgh.

He became bishop after spells as a parish priest in Lincolnshire and Guildford and as a university chaplain in Manchester.

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