John Bone (bishop)

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John Bone
Bishop of Reading
Diocese Diocese of Oxford
In office 1989–1996
Predecessor Graham Foley
Successor Dominic Walker
Other posts Honorary assistant bishop in Oxford (1996–present)
Archdeacon of Buckingham (1978–1989)
Ordination 1956 (deacon); c. 1957 (priest)
Consecration 1989
Personal details
Born (1930-08-28)28 August 1930
Died 5 July 2014(2014-07-05) (aged 83)
Denomination Anglican
Parents Jack & Herberta
Spouse Ruth Crudgington (m. 1954)
Children 3 sons; 2 daughters
Alma mater St Peter's College, Oxford

John Frank Ewan Bone (28 August 1930 – 5 July 2014) was the area Bishop of Reading from 1989 until 1996.[1][2]

He was educated at Monkton Combe School and St Peter's College, Oxford (gaining an Oxford Master of Arts {MA Oxon}) before embarking on an ecclesiastical career with a curacy at St Gabriel's, Warwick Square.[3] After incumbencies at Datchet and Slough he was appointed Rural Dean of Burnham[4] and then (his final appointment before ordination to the episcopacy) Archdeacon of Buckingham.[5]

He died in 2014:[6] his Church Times obituary stated that he was

"a great example of the quiet, reliable bishop who was trusted by many, worked hard, and never sought the limelight.[7] "


  1. ^ ‘BONE, Rt Rev. John Frank Ewan’, Who's Who 2012, A & C Black, 2012; online edition, Oxford University Press, December 2011 [1], accessed 3 July 2012
  2. ^ ”Debrett's People of Today 1992” (London, Debrett's) ISBN 1-870520-09-2)
  3. ^ Church web site
  4. ^ "Obituary:Self effacing Bishop of Reading who was known for his meticulous attention to detail and unassuming godliness" The Times Issue no 71,346 dated 5 November 2014
  5. ^ Crockford's clerical directory, 1995” (Lambeth,Church House ISBN 0-7151-8088-6)
  6. ^ BONE The Rt. Rev. John F.E
  7. ^ Post dated: 22 Aug 2014
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Graham Foley
Bishop of Reading
Succeeded by
Dominic Walker