His first ministry position was as a curate at Cannock, in the Diocese of Lichfield, from 1965 to 1969. From there, he moved to become vicar of Clayton part of Newcastle-under-Lyme, a position he held from 1969–1975. He then became Rural Dean for Stoke North — a post he held until 1981 when he became Provost of St Edmundsbury. He remained in that post until his move to York Minster in 1994. He retired from York Minster in late May 2003. Following his retirement, he returned to Bury St Edmunds but was a regular visitor to York. While Dean of York, he played a major role in the presentation of the York Mystery Plays to celebrate the Millennium.
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- Times Obituary
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- The Very Reverend Raymond Furnell - Telegraph Retrieved 2011-04.
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