Obituaries & Tributes

This category contains obituaries and tributes, most of these are of people who are Catholic or who have a strong connection with the Catholic Church.


Pope, US Bishops send condolences on death of former President George HW Bush

President George HW Bush - Official portrait 1989

Pope Francis and the US Catholic Bishops have expressed their condolences at the death of former US president George Herbert Walker Bush who died on 30 November at the age of 94. Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin sent a telegram on behalf of Pope Francis to the US bishops expressing the Pope's sorrow and promises of prayers. "Saddened to learn of the death of fo...

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Ged Clapson RIP

Ged Clapson

Ged Clapson, broadcaster, journalist, writer, media trainer, amateur actor, singer and good friend to many, died at home yesterday, 21st November 2018. He had been living with cancer for several years.

Born on 20 March 1955 in Bristol, for 15 years, Ged worked there as a radio producer and presenter with the BBC.

For the next 25 years or so, Ged branched out, training others in comm...

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Denise Rigden RIP

Eddie and Denise

St Mildred's Church in Canterbury was packed full for a celebration of the life of a great friend of mine, Denise Rigden. And in honour of a woman who almost every day wore party dresses, fancy shoes and a flower in her hair, the invitation had been for us to dress as if coming to a wedding. Denise was a local woman, born in Whitstable in 1947, and her beloved family were there at th...

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Mgr Paul Watson RIP

The Archdiocese of Birmingham is sad to announce the death of Monsignor Paul Watson, parish priest of St Benedict's in Atherstone, Warwickshire and the Director of the Maryvale Institute, Birmingham from 2000-2012, who died on Tuesday 16 October 2018, aged 69. Mgr Paul was the second director of Maryvale Institute, the internationally acclaimed distance-learning centre in the Catholi...

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Requiem Mass for Kathleen Griffin + VIDEO

A Requiem Mass for Kathleen Griffin - much-loved broadcaster, journalist and author - one of the founding members of Catholic Voices, took place on Monday, 1 October, at the Holy Apostles church in Pimlico, London. The celebrants were Canon Pat Browne, Canon Robert Plourde, Fr Stephan Wang, Fr Paul Keane, Fr Robert McCabe and Fr David Sullivan. Tim Salmon read the eulogy written by Ian Peacock,...

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Kathleen Griffin RIP

Kathleen Griffin

We are sorry to announce the death from cancer of Kathleen Griffin, one of the three founding members of Catholic Voices, who will be remembered with great fondness by the dozens of people she trained in media interview and public speaking skills.

She died surrounded by her family and was given the last rites by her parish priest, Canon Pat Browne, and the Catholic Voices chaplain, Fr Ste...

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Obituary - Celia Brigstocke

Celia Brigstocke died on Thursday 16th August 2018 aged 63 from a perforated bowel and brain cancer.

Celia was the driving force behind the John Bradburne Memorial Society (JBMS), which she founded with the late John Reid in 1996 in memory of her Uncle John, who was the late warden of Mutemwa Leprosy and Care Settlement in Zimbabwe.

Celia had a classic middle-class upbringing. Her ...

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Celia Brigstocke has died

We've just received this sad message from Kate Macpherson, daughter of Celia Brigstocke.

It is with a heavy heart that I write this email to you.

On Thursday 16th August 2018 Celia Brigstocke, John's niece, the secretary of John Bradburne Memorial Society, passed away at Royal Surrey Hospital.

She had been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer a couple of months ago a...

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Catholic peace campaigner Sarah Hipperson has died

Paul Donovan writes:

Indefatigable peace campaigner, Sarah Hipperson, has died at the age of 90.

So ends a remarkable life dedicated to peace and justice.

Sarah lived in the east London suburb of Wanstead for many decades but it was her decision in 1983 to up sticks and move to join the peace protest at Greenham Common that brought her to national prominence.

Th...

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Remembering Vin Garbutt - Teeside Troubadour

Vin Garbutt

David Alton writes: It's just over a year since Vin Garbutt died. If anything, since his death, his brilliant protest songs, never to be heard on mainstream media, have acquired a new generation of followers.

His passionate belief in justice, including the right to life of "lost innocents" is reflected in the powerful lyrics of prophetic songs that run counter to a society that e...

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CAFOD mourns death of Salvadoran artist Fernando Llort, designer of Romero Cross

The award winning Salvadoran painter, Fernando Llort, has died, aged 69.

Llort's famous Romero Crosses - inspired by Archbishop Oscar Romero who was assassinated for speaking out during El Salvador's bloody civil war - have been displayed in Cathedrals, homes and parishes around the world.

Clare Dixon, CAFOD's Head of Latin America region, said: "It is with a heavy heart that we've...

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Obituary: Father Bryan Sydney Storey

Father Bryan Sydney Storey was born on 8th May 1933 in London. He was the oldest son of Dorothy and Sydney Storey. He also has a younger brother Keith, who died a few years ago. He was evacuated to Cornwall with his schoolmates in 1940. He and his brother Keith stayed with Rita Deacon (Auntie Rita) and her son Roger, who lived in Bossiney Road,Tintagel. He attended St Materiana Anglican Church ...

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Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran has died

Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran

Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, died yesterday Hartford, United States, where he was undergoing treatment for Parkinson's disease. He was 74 years old.

In a condolence message to the Cardinal's sister Geneviève Dubert, Pope Francis recalled the fidelity and love of the late cardinal in the service of the Universal Church. "Ca...

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Tribute to Fr Kevin Scanlon

Antonia Moffatt writes: It is with great sadness that I share the news of the sudden death of dear Fr Kevin Scallon. Although I was totally unprepared, at the great age of 80 years, it seems it was Fr Kevin's time to go home to his beloved Lord and Saviour and to meet Our Blessed Mother, St Joseph & St Patrick who he has served so faithfully all his life and especially during his p...

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