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Hugh van Cutsem, former Secretary-General and Chancellor of the British Association of the Order of Malta

London, 4 September 2013

Hugh van Cutsem

The British Association of the Order of Malta salutes with deep affection and appreciation the passing of Hugh van Cutsem, who has died this week after a long illness. A knight of great gentleness, unfailing courtesy and committed care for those in need, his activities on behalf of the Order were carried out with characteristic modesty and generosity.

Hugh was Secretary General from 2001-2007 and then Chancellor of the British Association, 2007-2008, before his retirement due to ill health.

Homily at the Requiem Mass in Brentwood Cathedral for Hugh van Cutsem on 11th September 2013 by Fr Edward Corbould OSB

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