John Petty (priest)

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John Fitzmaurice Petty (9 March 1935[1] – 23 August 2017) was an Anglican priest.

Petty was educated at Trinity Hall, Cambridge and Cuddesdon Theological College in Oxford and ordained in 1967[2] after an earlier military career with the Royal Engineers lasting 11 years. He was a curate at St Cuthbert's Sheffield[3] and then St Helier, Morden. From 1975 to 1987 he was Vicar of St John the Evangelist, Hurst Cross, Ashton-under-Lyne[4] when he became Provost of the Cathedral Church of St Michael, Coventry and was later appointed Dean of Coventry, a position he held until his retirement in 2000.[3] Petty later became chaplain at Mount House Residential Home in Shrewsbury, a trustee of the Simeon Trust, and assisted at St Chad's Church, Shrewsbury.

Petty married Susan Shakerley in 1962[5] and they had four children.[6]

He died on 23 August 2017 at the age of 82.[7]


  1. ^ Who's Who 2008: London, A & C Black, 2008 ISBN 978-0-7136-8555-8
  2. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory 1975-76 Lambeth, Church House, 1975 ISBN 0-19-200008-X
  3. ^ a b "TheTrustees". Retrieved 2 January 2011. 
  4. ^ Debrett's People of Today: Ed Ellis,P (1992, London, Debrett's) ISBN 1-870520-09-2)
  5. ^ The Times, 24 December 1962, p10, "Marriages"
  6. ^ Who’s Who (ibid)
  7. ^ Petty
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Colin Douglas Semper
Provost of Coventry Cathedral
Succeeded by
John Dudley Irvine