Bishop’s widow launches memoir five years after husband’s death

Bishop Ian Cundy and his wife Jo in a chapel on Lake Galilee in 2005. Right: Letting Go of Ian
Bishop Ian Cundy and his wife Jo in a chapel on Lake Galilee in 2005. Right: Letting Go of Ian

The widow of the former Bishop of Peterborough is to launch her memoir next week.

Jo Cundy’s book tells of her experiences around the time of her husband’s diagnosis with terminal cancer and his death.

Bishop Ian Cundy died in post as the Bishop of Peterborough – whose diocese includes Northamptonshire – in 2009.

Letting Go of Ian will be launched at Peterborough Cathedral on Wednesday, May 7, five years after Bishop Ian’s death.

She has written about her faith journey with Bishop Ian from his terminal cancer and onward through bereavement. During that time she had a narrow escape from Christchurch Cathedral in New Zealand, which collapsed during the 2011 earthquake just minutes after she and her cousin had left.

Mrs Cundy, a former a non-executive director on the NHS Primary Care Trust and a solicitor, said: “This book is a story of life, love and loss, of journeying with God, and of sharing the things we learn as we walk through the tough times in life.”

Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, who has written the memoir’s foreword, said: “The degree to which the book moved me is a reflection of Jo’s skill in drawing us into the journey she is travelling and the way in which the reality of God’s presence is demonstrated.”

The Archbishop was a student at Cranmer Hall theological college in Durham when Bishop Ian was warden there, and the two families knew each other well.

In 2013, Archbishop Justin wore Bishop Ian’s episcopal robes and at his consecration.

Bishop Ian was the 37th Bishop of Peterborough, serving from 1996 until May 2009. His funeral at Peterborough Cathedral was attended by 1,300 mourners, including 27 bishops, and he is buried in the grounds of Peterborough Cathedral.

Letting Go of Ian, will be published in paperback by Monarch on 15 May 2014, priced £7.99. Copies will be available from Peterborough Cathedral Bookshop. They can also be ordered via the publishers’ website.