Writing to diocesan clergy, Bishop Alan said: “I am writing to inform you of the sad news that Canon Michael Hazell died this morning after a long battle with cancer. Canon Michael was a priest of the Diocese of Northampton who had retired to the Diocese of East Anglia and has lived and assisted in the parish of St Mary’s Ipswich (particularly in Holy Family, Kesgrave) for many years.
“He was supremely a deeply pastoral priest and one who had a great love for the Church. His cheerfulness and positivity in the last two years of ill health and suffering are an example to us all. May he rest in peace.
“The prayers and thoughts of the Diocese are especially with his two sisters, Annie and Molly, with the Bishop and the Diocese of Northampton, and the people of St Mary’s and Holy Family, Kesgrave, at this time.
“The funeral will be a private celebration for the family only, but a Diocesan Requiem Mass for Canon Michael will be arranged when the present pandemic crisis is ended,” said Bishop Alan.
In 2018, Canon Michael celebrated a special jubilee – marking 60 years of his service as a priest at the annual Celebration of Priesthood at the Bishop’s White House in Poringland.
Pictured above is Canon Michael Hazell marking the 60th jubilee of service as a priest at the White House in Poringland.