IT IS WITH SADNESS that we learn that Christopher â€˜Kitâ€™ Haffner, died on the 24 July, aged 77. An architect and lay minister in East Molesey, he will have been known to many as a regular respondent to questions in the Church Times letter column.
After studying architecture at Liverpool University, he worked as a senior architect of a real estate firm, he then established his own practice, and then became a senior partner of an old established firm working in Hong Kong for many years.
Kit retired in 1994 and he and his wife joined their three children living in London.
He then studied for a degree in theology and pastoral studies at Oak Hill College, and obtained a masterâ€™s degree in early church history and liturgy at Heythrop College.
He settled into church life as a Reader, or Licensed Lay Minister, and developed a hobby of responding to questions raised in a column in the Church Times.
The Revd Paul Webb, Vicar of East Molesey, said: â€œI first met Kit in September 2010 when I came for interview for the post of Vicar of the United Benefice of East Molesey.
â€œI admit being initially somewhat intimated by the very knowledgeable contributor to the Church Times but Kit soon became a good and supportive friend and colleague.
â€œHis Christianity was affirming and inclusive. Many a good theological and philosophical conversation was had with Kit at the local 'greasy spoon'.
â€œIt was a great privilege to know and work with Kit and to minister to him at the end of his life â€“ may he rest in peace and rise in glory.â€
There will be a Memorial Service for Kit at St Paul's, East Molesey on 27 August at 2.30pm.