Church officials gave more details yesterday about a popular verger who plunged more than 100 ft to his death from York Minster on Sunday.
Only the old verger allows himself no rest, and still rings the service in and out.
I was the last verger of the Garrison Church and took part in the final service.
He has resigned with immediate effect but will continue with some of his tasks until a new verger is found.
A city centre church verger has the power to summon scores of police and dozens of security guards at the touch of a button.
A verger accidentally locked up without realising that Mr Poole, a former chief general manager with the Norwich Building Society, was still inside.
For example, the doorkeeper did most of the jobs we would now associate with the modern verger .
He went to see the vicar at St Michaels, who just listened and smiled as he poured tea, then offered him a part-time job as a verger .
Colleagues and friends of the verger , who had worked at the Minster for 25 years, have been quietly reflecting on his life.
The first break in this run was made, when, during a change in vergership , a bath and hot water geyser were added to the School House.