Funeral arrangements: Dr Frank Elms Robson

Dr Frank Robson – Funeral Arrangements, Friday 22 May 2020 

Frank’s funeral is to take place this Friday, at South Oxfordshire Crematorium, at 2.00 pm. Due to all the current restrictions, it can be attended only by family members but the brief service will be livestreamed for those who wish to join online.

If you would like details to enable you to view the service, please contact who will provide you the login details. If you experience any difficulty, they have asked that you ring them on 01865 570000. A recording of the service will be made available also.

If you would rather remember Frank in a period of reflection by simply listening to some music at the time of the service, or at some other time during the coming days, the family have suggested this recording of a song they think ‘reflects his beloved Northumberland and is also suitably gloomy, as he was wont to be’!

Meanwhile, donations in Frank’s memory may be made through this website:

Dr Frank Robson was registrar of the Diocese of Oxford for many years from his arrival in Oxford in 1958 until his retirement in 1998. For 27 years, he was Secretary of the Diocesan Synod, and he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Archbishop of Canterbury for his work as the Archbishop’s Registrar in the Province of Canterbury.

Frank has spent the last two years or so in a nursing home in Oxford, very well cared for but subject to increasing physical frailty and personal frustration. In spite of the limitations of recent years and months, his mind remained clear, his memory as elephantine as ever, and his demeanour as disconcerting as it had always been (‘let the reader understand’!).

He died on 22 April after contracting the Covid-19 virus. Under present conditions, it is not possible to make any arrangements for his funeral or memorial service, but we will let you have details of a memorial service when it becomes possible to make any arrangements.

Frank was a good friend and respected colleague to very many of us in the Diocese and far beyond, and a faithful servant of Christ’s Church. May he now rest in peace and rise in glory…