Bishop Anthony Charles Dumper was called home to be with the Lord on the 27 August 2012 in England. He was a missionary priest in Ipoh (1949-1957), Penang (1957-1964) and Singapore (1964-1970). Both he and his wife Sybil were serving in Malaya and Singapore for a total of 21 years. He was the Archdeacon of North Malaya in 1955. Upon his return to England, he was later made a Suffragan Bishop in the Diocese of Brimingham. He was also the immediate past chairman of the Singapore West Malaysia Diocesan Association (SWMDA) till 2010.
Bishop Moon Hing presenting a Momento of Appreciation to Bishop Tony Dumper in SWMDA 2010
Bishop Tony has been a pillar in the early days in Penang, Ipoh and Singapore when the Diocese was part of Singapore. He was then looking after many churches in the midst of times of turbulence during the Emergency (1948 - 1960), covering the whole of South Perak including Ipoh, Cameron highlands, Teluk Intan, Tapah, Batu Gajah and Slim River. He has actually helped many people during those periods of difficult times and some are still around. He was a great historian too where he has written the early histories of St George's Penang, St John's Ipoh and the Parish of South Perak. It was during his tenure that a number of chaplaincy churches became parishes. His love for God and his Church was without doubt very noticeable through his life and conduct. His contribution to SWMDA was enormous and important. Our last face to face meeting was at the centennary celebration of SWMDA. I was privileged to speak to him though he was quite frail then. His mind was quite alert still. I must say that he is one of the early founders who has laid a firm foundation for our Diocese during the turbulent times of Emergency, the ministry after the Formation of new villages, the Independence of Malaya, the Formation of Malaysia, the Withdrawal of the British soldiers, civilians, traders and administrators after the Independence and Formation of Malaysia which had affected the local churches, the Preparation of the new diocese of West Malaysia, etc. He will be greatly remembered and sadly missed.