Bishop C. Charles Vaché, of Southern Virginia, dies at 83

November 1, 2009

The Rt. Rev. C. Charles Vaché, the 7th bishop of Southern Virginia, died on the Feast of All Saints (Nov. 1).

Vaché, 83, was in hospice care at Westminster Canterbury in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Vaché was elected and consecrated bishop coadjutor of Southern Virginia in 1976 while serving as the rector of Trinity Church in Portsmouth, Virginia. He was installed as diocesan bishop in April 1978 in five different services around the diocese when Bishop David C. Rose retired. Each installation service was followed by a "grassroots" workshop to focus attention on the ministry that was to follow.

Vaché retired in 1991 and was succeeded Frank H. Vest Jr.

Following his retirement, Vaché served as dean of St. George's College in Jerusalem, assisting bishop in the dioceses of East Carolina and West Virginia and interim rector of Bruton Parish in Williamsburg and the Church of the Good Shepherd Norfolk.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m.on Friday, Nov. 6, at Trinity Church in Portsmouth.