Peter Hebden, RIP

Phil Groom writes:

With great sadness, today we report the loss of Peter Hebden, former SPCK bookseller and the driving force behind the relaunch of Leicester’s former SPCK Bookshop as Christian Resources in November 2007.

I understand that Peter’s death, during the morning of Monday 9th November, followed a short illness, but have no further details at this stage.

We take this opportunity to offer deepest condolences and sympathy to Peter’s family, friends and colleagues.

Melanie Carroll, a former colleague and now owner of Unicorn Tree Books, Lincoln, writes:

Peter was a committed Christian and bookseller and invested much of himself into the Leicester Shop.

He had a good sense of humour, though on the dry side and will be surely missed by those who knew him and worked with him.


10 responses to “Peter Hebden, RIP

  1. Valiant for Truth

    It is Peter’s funeral next Tuesday so please keep his wife, Cynthia and their four children in your thoughts and prayers. It is the small, but meaningful kindnesses of Peter’s that I remember the most. A private man, but also loyal and dedicated.

  2. Richard Greatrex

    Such sad news, Peter put so much of his ministry into the shop, building it up and providing a viable model for a Christian resource centre. As VfT says, he was a hard working, thoughtful colleague and a breathe of fresh air within SPCK.

    My prayers are for his family and his shop team at this sad and difficult time.

  3. I did not know Peter Hebden. I knew of him only by what others said about him. My thoughts are with his family and with the bookshop staff. Everybody in Leicester needs to fight to keep an important resource going. Surely that is what Peter would have wanted.

  4. I only ever spoke with Peter via email but remember that he was one of the first to visit the Saint Stephen the Great Trust’s US site. Not only did he see the coming storm he was able to find away out of it. A fighter has gone to his eternal rest and will surely be missed.

  5. I was very sorry to hear this news. I appreciated his wisdom and good sense, and I admired his courage in taking on the Leicester shop as his own project.

  6. Mike on a Mission

    I will dearly miss this quiet yet courageous man of God. Peter was always the gentleman, not getting involved in tittle-tattle during the SPCK/SSG fiasco but putting his Faith first. He affected so many lives – not only in the midlands but also in north Wales and other places. I am thankful that I shall be able to be at Shepshed tomorrow to join others in paying my respects and I am also very aware that I, with others, will be representing so many in the trade who cannot be there. I have been asked by my company to pass on our condolences to Cynthia and their family. Our prayers are with you all, whether family, church family, friends or colleagues.

    Mike Norbury, Kevin Mayhew Ltd

  7. I would like to thank you all so much for your love and prayers over this difficult time. Peter was a lovely man. He suffered great trauma throughout the SPCK/SSG fiasco, as you all did, but always tried to see the best in people and was determined that Leicester shop should continue and flourish.

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