PATRICK DOHERTY The factual content of this obituary is
The deaths of the following correct because Paddy, himself, wrote his
Patrick, known as
Paddy, was a brothers are announced own brief life history, five years ago.
Catenian for almost with deep regret In January 2006 Paddy was diagnosed
47 years, having with dementia. His family and friends
joined Macclesfield 2010 saw a lovely capable man gradually lose
Circle in 1963 and his mental and physical faculties. In
August January 2009, when a shadow of his
Brooklands Circle in 06 Michael O’Connor Southgate Circle former self, he went to live in a
1966. Being a residential home where he died on 21st
15 John Foster Somerset, West Circle
Catenian was an April 2010. Our lives were richer for
integral part of September having him as part of ours and now
Paddy’s life. He was Secretary from 16 Frank Rafferty Bolton Circle sadder for no longer having him with us.
1967 to 1973 and President in 1973/74. His Requiem Mass, celebrated by Father
29 Frederick Kelf South Shields Circle Stephen Woolley at St Joseph’s, Sale,
In 1976, he became Provincial
30 John Brophy Torbay Circle on 14th May, was truly lovely and
Councillor, which office he held until
1982. From 1979 to 1982 he was October befitting of such a special man.
May he rest in peace
Provincial Covenants Officer. He and his 01 Brian Taylor Basingstoke Circle
wife Pat gained many very good, lifelong
friends through the Association. 13 Kevin Keenan HARRY NICHOLLS
Paddy’s sister Anne, and Brian Dempsey Richmond & Twickenham Circle Ken Regan writes:
write: Paddy was born on 29th April 1924 17 Patrick Costello The death of Harry
to John and Mary. Sadly, his mother died London Northern Heights Circle Nicholls in March
shortly after his birth and for the first 22 Charles McGeown 2010 was a sad
seven years he was looked after by his Ramsgate, Dover Cinque Port, loss to all his family,
mother’s parents and an aunt. His father, Swale Circles friends and
also to be my father, remarried and Catenian Brothers.
23 Bill Nugent He was a very
Paddy went to live with him and his new
mum. Newcastle Upon Tyne City Circle active and
Paddy was educated at St Joseph’s 24 James Harold Davyhulme Circle dedicated member
Primary School in Sale and St Bede’s November of Oldham Circle
College, Manchester. At 18 he and, together with his wife Imelda,
volunteered for the Royal Marines and 01 Peter Burchett Banbury Circle attended all Circle and Provincial events
served in the Orkney Islands, Malta, and was a regular attender at the AGM.
His presidential year was a great
North Africa and on landing craft in Sicily,
May They Rest in Peace success for Oldham Circle and he made
Italy and Yugoslavia.
After demobilisation in 1945 he worked many friends in Provinces 1 and 17 and
for a firm of accountants, before going to Green Wine Making Society and was other parts of the country with the support
Teacher Training College at Strawberry quite successful in producing (and he gave to the Association.
Hill, Middlesex. Qualifying in 1949, his first drinking) his own wine. Brian Dempsey As a young man Harry joined the
post was at St Joseph’s, Sale. In 1959 remembers the many hours Paddy spent Merchant Navy and was seconded to the
he was appointed to his first headship at cooking at the frequent barbecues we Atlantic fleet aboard an aircraft carrier.
St Mary’s, Congleton. In 1964, he was had on our many caravan holidays. One of his main tasks was setting depth
appointed Head Teacher at Our Lady of Paddy also enjoyed ballroom dancing. charges against the attacking German
Lourdes, Partington, where he stayed Paddy loved travelling. His early U-Boats. During this time Harry also
until his retirement in 1981. retirement allowed them to have some became a Military Policeman rounding up
Paddy was a quiet, gentle person ready wonderful holidays in Australia, New the drunken sailors in the ports!
to help anyone in need. In 1949, he Zealand, Hawaii, America, Canada and Following his war exploits Harry
married Patricia (Pat) at St Joseph’s in Europe. They often went with their friends returned home where he met the love of
Sale, Cheshire. Paddy was a lovely Frank and Daphne, Paddy having met his life Imelda. He set up his own joinery
husband, father, grandfather, brother and Frank when he was stationed on Malta firm making, among other things, draft
uncle. To me, he was the loveliest brother during the war. excluders which he and Imelda would
I could ever have had. Paddy and Pat, as Paddy was extremely fond of cats. He assemble and then Harry would peddle
they were known, had a long and happy was introduced to owning a cat when a from door to door on a hand cart.
married life until 2006, when sadly Pat pupil at St Joseph’s brought a kitten into Unfortunately Harry suffered a setback
died from melanoma. They had three school for him. After that he was never when he came off worst in an argument
children, two sons and a daughter, who in without a cat in his home. In the 1990s, with a circular saw and lost the fingers of
turn, produced six grandchildren; and he he had two Persian cats, called Ming and his left hand. Not to be deterred and with
had three great grandchildren. Meesha, whom he adored. considerable encouragement from his
In his younger days, Paddy played Paddy’s paperwork at home was friends in the trade, Harry continued in
cricket for Sale Moor in the Manchester meticulously kept. He lived by his lists, business as a building contractor. It was
Association. Later on he joined the Sale which were colour coded, so he rarely this that was to prove Harry’s greatest
Conservative Club, not for the politics forgot anything. After his father died in achievement. During the housing boom of
but for the snooker, playing with fellow 1962, Paddy looked after the financial the 1960’s Harry Nicholls Builders went
Catenians Gerry Lowe, Brian Dempsey side of the family business. And as from strength to strength and quickly
and David Donlan, weekly for over 20 mentioned above, he was Circle became established as a force in the
years. He was also a member of Heald Secretary for a number of years. Oldham area.
42 CATENA December 2010
A strong family man, Harry was the but thankfully the Japanese surrendered Ken was kind, intelligent and had a
father of three children, Maeve, Stephen and he did not have to go. unique Lancastrian sense of humour. He
and Imelda; eventually becoming a proud After the war he married Anne Finan was always full of new ideas and liked to
and loving grandfather to Jacqueline, and had one son, Ian, who married communicate clearly.
Karen and Michael. Angela and was blessed with two His passion was the generation of
Harry was also very fond of sport. He grandchildren, Lewis and Alex, who made electricity and following his retirement
was a keen fan of boxing having been Harry so proud. Sadly his wife died on continued to explore the field of
encouraged by his father as a boy to don 19th June 1988. renewable energy. A very generous man
the gloves and take to the ring (whether He started his working career as an in many ways and although converting to
he liked it or not!). Rugby league was apprentice joiner and was employed by Catholicism very late in life, he had
another game close to Harry’s heart and Bass Breweries. He worked his way up in supported many Catholic charities for
he had many stories of his and his the building trade and finally retired as a many years.
friends’ battles on the field! regional surveyor for the brewery. Although a member of the Catenian
The last Circle meeting Harry was able One of his keen interests was brass Association for a relatively short time he
to attend was for the presentation of his band music and he was very involved was very committed to our ideals but
scroll to mark his 40 years of service to with the Boarshurst Brass Band Club in mobility problems, particularly over the
the Association. Greenfield where he made many good last 12 months, limited his freedom to
Shortly after this event he suffered a friends. participate in the events as widely as he
very bad fall which caused breaks in his Harry was a dedicated member of the would have liked.
shoulder and arm, resulting in a great Association and since his enrolment in Ken and Marie were among some of
deterioration in his health in general, Oldham Circle in 1967 he supported and the early pioneers of owning a villa in
which before had always been extremely attended meetings and all the Circle Spain and they spent much time there,
good. He was unable to attend further social events. He would have accepted increasing with retirement, and being
meetings or social events and his wife the position of Circle president and been visited by family and particularly their four
Imelda was taken ill during this period. very successful if he had not suffered the grandchildren. Their wide circle of friends
The Requiem Mass on Thursday 18th early loss of his lovely wife Anne. He were often on the receiving end of their
March at his parish church, The Sacred completed his 40 years membership and generosity being invited to spend time
Heart, Uppermill, was well attended by was presented with his scroll at home as with them. The villa could well have been
family, friends, business colleagues and he was not fit to attend meetings. He a hotel!
Catenians from the Circle and Province. maintained a close relationship with other Sadly Marie, who had her own
He was one of the best and will be ex members of the tank regiment and successful career, first in hairdressing
sadly missed. always marched in their annual parade to followed by teaching, broadcasting and
May he rest in peace the war memorial. He passed away on also as an author, died of motor neurone
Remembrance Day, 11th November 2009 disease in 2003.
HARRY CHRISHAM and his son Ian stated that when he had Ken’s eldest son, Tony, wishes to
Ken Regan writes: to leave us that would have been the day express the sincere thanks of the family
Harry Chrisham he wanted. to members of the Association for the
was born in Oldham His Requiem was well attended with support given to Ken during his illness.
on 14th May 1922 fellow Catenians, members of the tank May he rest in peace
and attended St regiment, family and friends. He is a sad
Anne’s School, loss to his family, Oldham Circle and the ROBERT WALKER
Holdham. His Association in general. The Brothers of
parents died when May he rest in peace Wakefield (West
he was 14 and he Riding) Circle were
was brought up by KEN CRONSHAW shocked to hear of
his brother John Mike Duffy writes: To the deep regret of the sudden death
and sisters Mayme and Alma. He also the Brothers of Hexham and Tyne Valley of their Circle
had a sister Kathleen who died when Circle Ken Cronshaw died on 29th June President,
she was very young. following a short period of illness at the Bob Walker, who
On the outbreak of World War II he age of 83. Ken’s Requiem was attended collapsed at his
immediately joined up and saw active by many Catenians and friends along home on 18th
service in North Africa fighting against with past colleagues from the former March 2010 less
Rommel’s Africa corps. On returning from North Eastern Electricity Board. than two weeks before the end of his
Africa he was sent on the D-Day landings Ken was born in Lancashire and, Presidential year. He was 78.
for the liberation of Europe, and fought in leaving school at 14 with no qualifications, Mike Starford writes: Bob was born in
all the major battles, travelling from the worked tirelessly at night school for many the east end of London on 28th
French coast to the Baltic. He told me years to gain his professional November 1931. His naturalized parents
that one of the things that affected him qualifications. Following a spell on were Lionel and Hilda Walker, originally of
the most was when his division came Teeside he, his wife Marie and three Romanian Jewish stock.
across the concentration camp at Belsen sons, moved to Tyneside in 1960 and his Bob’s grandfather had been in the silk
and he could not believe what he saw; he career climaxed as Assistant Chief trade which involved residing in China for
referred to it as man’s inhumanity to man Engineer of the North Eastern Electricity a period, where Bob’s father,
and I think this event helped shape his life Board based in Newcastle upon Tyne. coincidentally, was educated by the
and make him the kind and generous Ken’s success in electrical engineering Jesuits. The family also owned jewellers’
person he was. After the liberation of was all the more surprising given that he shops and a cinema.
Europe he was sent back to the UK and was colour blind and needed assistance Bob was one of three children with
was marked fit for action in the Far East to wire an electric plug! sisters Sylvia and Brenda.
CATENA December 2010 43
His parents moved north to Batley in They bonded successfully and enjoyed A second practice was soon opened in
West Yorkshire, a wool textile town, where many happy social events and holidays neighbouring Normanton. Tom and Denise
they were received into the Catholic Church during their time together, including had two children, Andrew, who after
at St Mary’s, Batley. Following the death of Barbara accompanying Bob as his escort qualifying in Optometry at Bradford
his grandfather, his grandmother remarried when attending all the Catenian functions University in 1978 joined his father as a
gaining a new surname of Walker. and social events in his Presidential year. partner in the business and Helen, who
Bob was educated at St Joseph’s school A man of integrity, good humour and until recently ran her own marketing
in Batley and Pitmans College in Leeds infectious enthusiasm he will be sadly company, and now heads up marketing at
where he excelled in business studies and missed. Bob’s Requiem Mass was Bradford University.
secretarial practice. After leaving college celebrated at his own church by the Parish Tom joined Wakefield Circle in May 1954
Bob worked firstly at the local Fox’s Biscuit Priest, Fr Mark Naughton, attended by encouraged by his father-in-law, the late
factory followed by a spell at Hudson and many Catenians and friends. Our Arthur Quinn, an existing member of the
Knights, soap manufacturers in Leeds. sympathies go out to his daughters, his Circle at the time. He was twice Circle
After completing National Service in the sisters, his grandchildren, his extended President in 1966 and 1984 and also
RAF Bob changed careers and spent the family and his good friend Barbara. served on Provincial Council 3 South for a
remainder of his professional working life May he rest in peace short period. Tom was an active Catenian,
in the house building construction industry very rarely missing a meeting, who always
employed firstly at Costains and then Tays TOM PATTERSON supported Circle social events. Tom could
and eventually to Barretts where he was The Brothers of always be relied upon to bring a large
appointed Area Manager for that part of Wakefield (West number of guests in support of the Circle
Yorkshire. However he was always Riding) Circle were Annual Dinner and Dance.
ambitious to set up his own business and saddened at the In 1992 Tom fully retired at the age of
he saw a niche in the housing market death of a long 72 and became the primary carer for
which gave him the opportunity to set up a standing member, Denise. Denise suffered from the
successful kitchen design and installation Tom Aitchison progressive and debilitating illness of
firm, a business that grew over the years, Patterson, on 11th Alzeimer’s for many years, needing
providing the dual satisfaction of a sound July 2010 in constant and increasing support in the
commercial living and a fulfilment of an Pinderfields Hospital, home. His shining example of honouring
entrepreneurial venture. Even after Wakefield, after a his wedding vows ‘in sickness and in
retirement his business interests continued short illness. His health had noticeably health’ was exemplified by his unselfish
on a consultancy basis. declined in recent months but the devotion to his wife. Tom was by her side
He met his wife Dorothy Moyser, also a suddenness of his death was unexpected. continuously and yet never complaining
convert, from Driglington near Morley at a Mike Starford writes: Tom was born in or ruing his predicament, just responding
local dance (so folklore tells us) and after Wakefield on 13th June 1927 to Tom and compassionately and lovingly to her every
due courtship they married at St Patrick’s Emily Patterson, the youngest of two boys; need. Sadly Denise died this year less
church in Birstall in 1955, moving house his elder brother Selwyn survives him. His than three months before Tom’s.
to Ossett and were to be happily married parents owned a family jewellers in the In recent years I had the privilege of
for 49 years before her death in 2005. centre of Wakefield. Tom was educated in taking them both Holy Communion each
They were blessed with three daughters, Wakefield and after leaving school he went Sunday morning. Latterly Denise needed
Helen, Adrienne and Sarah and in time on to complete his National Service in the more professional care support for longer
five grandchildren. Bob was a Army which included a spell at the War periods and at the same time Tom’s health
Francophile and with Dorothy and the Office in London. On demobilisation he and mobility started to decline. They both
girls would visit France each year for their studied Optometry and graduated from moved into a warden supported private
annual holiday towing his caravan to all Bradford University in 1950 in conjunction complex where their independence and
parts of the country. with owning an independent jewellers shop. privacy could be maintained but help was
Bob joined Wakefield Circle in 1983 and In the same year he was received into available when required.
was active from the beginning, becoming the Church, shortly before marrying Tom’s life was devoted to his family and
Circle Secretary, Circle and Provincial Denise Quinn at St Austin’s in Wakefield. work but in his early years occasionally
Membership Officer, before being installed This was the start of a spiritual journey he allowed himself the luxury of an up
as Circle President for the Catenian year which would see him attend daily Mass market car and took an interest in
2009/2010. As Circle membership officer until infirmity in old age reluctantly woodworking and turning as a hobby, with
Bob was the most successful in living prevented him from safely making the the occasional game of golf.
memory ‘recruiting’ nine new Brothers daily journey. He was also a member of the
during his tenure, mainly from his own Initially Tom started his professional Wakefield Lions where he devoted many
parish of St Ignatius in Ossett. His career as an Optometrist for the Sydney hours visiting the sick and elderly. Tom
charitable work included successful fund Goldwyn Practice in Leeds before deciding served on the Wakefield Local Optical
raising for the upkeep of the local to relocate to Dublin where his wife, Committee for many years.
Wakefield Hospice in his capacity as Denise, had family connections, setting up His Requiem took place at St Austin’s
secretary of the Ossett support group. his first optician’s practice in Middle Abbey Church, Wakefield, on the day that would
During his time as a widower he met by Street. After two years he decided to move have been their Diamond Wedding
chance, as a consequence of being involved back to Wakefield and set up his first local Anniversary, attended by many Catenians
with the ‘Ossett Strollers’, a local walking practice in the upstairs rooms above his and friends. Our sympathies go out to
group, a retired NHS nurse and widow, mother’s jewellers shop in Westgate, Andrew and Joan, Helen and David, his
Barbara Kitson, which provided for them where he was born. When his mother two granddaughters Rachael and Laura,
both the catalyst to enjoy a close cherished retired in the early 1960s he expanded the his surviving brother Selwyn and his
companionship which had eluded him business, moving to the ground floor at the extended family.
following the death of his beloved Dorothy. same address. May he rest in peace
44 CATENA December 2010
FRANK DOWSON Frank joined the Catenians in 1961 and - the Irish Catholic community in the West
The Brothers of was twice President of Leeds 3 Circle. He of Scotland. Priests throughout the
Leeds 3 Circle were was the trumpet playing member of the Strathclyde area were visited and
saddened at the Bowry Boys, a renowned barbershop befriended and encouraged to tell their
death of Frank singing group that won many Catenian parishioners about the new Bank.
Dowson on the 5th singing competitions. He proudly However, Brendan was keen to ensure
November 2009 at introduced two of his sons Michael and that the Bank did not get a reputation for
the age of 85. Peter into the Association. He was a keen serving that community only and this
Peter Dowson, his sports fan following Leeds United in the highlights two of his main qualities.
youngest son and glory years but also enjoyed watching Firstly, the business acumen to realise
fellow Leeds 3 cricket and rugby and playing golf at that overplaying the Irish Catholic card
Brother, writes: Horsforth Golf Club. might result in the Bank being unable to
Frank was born on 14th March 1924 in Frank was well known for his building tap into the rest of the market. Secondly,
Horsforth, Leeds. He attended St skills; he built a number of small boats as his strong aversion to discrimination of any
Margarets School in Horsforth and then well as making constant improvements to kind - though in those early days Brendan
Aireborough Grammar School where he the family home. Frank was a proud and his family occasionally experienced
took and passed his school certificate Yorkshireman, straightforward in all his anti-Catholic and anti-Irish sentiments in
gaining a distinction in English. After dealings. He enjoyed his many family the West of Scotland.
leaving school he started an outings and celebrations and was an Other communities were targeted for
apprenticeship as a joiner’s improver; excellent and considerate host. He bore business development including the
eager for adventure he tried to join the his illness with good grace and a sense of Chinese and Jewish communities in
RAF at the age of 16. He looked older humour, never complaining and died Glasgow. Under Brendan’s leadership the
than he was and was told to come back peacefully at home with his loving family Allied Irish Bank firmly established itself in
next year. He returned on his 17th birthday around him. Scottish business life.
and joined the RAF. He enlisted as a pilot His Requiem was very well attended Though loyal to the Bank, Brendan was
and was sent to Canada to do his pilot with many Catenian friends in the first and foremost a man of great principle.
training, It was during this time he lost his congregation, and as I like to think, he is When there was industrial unrest in the
best friend in a training accident; as a now FLYING WITH THE ANGELS, 1970s, Brendan, an active member of his
young man this affected him quite badly. God Bless you Dad. trade union, came out on strike for some
May he rest in peace months in support of his fellow workers.
With the help of his commanding officer he
continued his training and gained his On his retirement, Brendan threw
pilot’s wings. After completing his training BRENDAN SOMERS himself enthusiastically into co-founding
he stayed in Canada at flying training The Brothers of McFarlane Homes, a charity offering
school and was an instrument flying East Kilbride Circle residential care and supported living
instructor. Frank felt at this time he wasn’t mourn the death of accommodation for adults with a learning
contributing to the war effort so he asked Brendan Antony disability some of whom also have a
for a transfer. He was posted to a night Somers who died physical disability.
flying squadron in Burma to fly suddenly on 29th Brendan was perhaps drawn to this
Beaufighters and Mosquitos. After the war, August 2009. challenge by his own personal experience.
then a warrant officer, he signed on for a Michael Barrett His son Robbie was badly brain damaged
further three years’ service and was writes: Brendan was at birth due to a lack of a proper oxygen
posted to RAF Church Fenton as an born in Dublin on 9th supply to his brain.
instrument flying instructor. May 1936. He was Brendan took great pride when
Around this time he met his wife of 61 educated at O’Connells Christian Brothers McFarlane opened its first residential
years, Doreen, and converted to the School where, in addition to his sound home at Netherlee in Glasgow in 1995.
Catholic Faith; they married in 1948. He academic performance, he represented With Brendan’s help as Managing
left the RAF in 1950 and went to work in the school at athletics and hurling. After Director, McFarlane Homes has grown.
the building firm of his father in law leaving school, Brendan joined the Allied It now boasts a total staff of 67, one of its
Clarence Charles; sadly his father in law Irish Bank in Sligo in 1954 where he met most senior staff being - to Brendan’s
died in his early 50s in 1955. Frank and married Claire, a Sligo girl. Brendan great joy - his daughter, Ruth.
finished the housing projects they were and Claire were blessed with five children, At Brendan’s Requiem Mass, his former
working on and this gave him the Martina, Ruth, Rachel, Robbie and Louise. colleague and friend, Nial Loakman listed
inspiration to start his own business. His career progressed and he became Brendan’s many interests reflecting that he
He built up a successful builders Assistant Manager of the branch in was a man who enjoyed life to the full and
hardware and timber wholesalers Falcarragh, Co Donegal for five years. took a great interest in other people.
employing over 50 people, selling out the However, in 1972 the Bank was looking A connoisseur of brandy; a keen golfer;
business in 1975 to Mallinson Denny, who towards Britain for further expansion and a passionate follower of football - the
kept him on as Managing Director until his decided to open its first branch in fortunes of Celtic in particular; an
retirement in 1985. Scotland. Brendan was chosen as its enthusiastic snooker player.
Frank and Doreen have six children Manager. The most important things to Brendan
Anthony, Michael, Robert, Peter, Catherine This was quite an upheaval for the were, however, his family, his faith and his
and Julie. He always said none of the whole family but with Claire’s calm and many friends. He had a highly successful
children came into the world empty steady support, he threw himself into the career but he never forgot his roots. He
handed as they all presented new challenge of establishing the Allied Irish was the first to acknowledge that the
challenges and opportunities. He was a Bank as the first Irish bank in Scotland. success he enjoyed would not have been
proud grandfather of 10 and great No networking opportunity was missed. possible without the unfailing support of
grandfather of two. There was of course an obvious port of call his family - and Claire in particular.
CATENA December 2010 45
In 2001, prior to major heart surgery, He married Mary on 16th August 1952 LT COL CHRISTOPHER
Brendan prepared for the worst by and they had three children, Philippa,
penning a farewell note to each of his Michele and Martyn. An indication of how
family members, including Robbie. successful they were as parents was that George Friendship, a
The text of that note which sadly now Philippa was awarded an OBE for services member of South
has been opened reads as follows: to the Inland Revenue and Martyn an Leicester Circle, died
“My beloved son Robbie MBE for services to Her Majesty’s in March - a merciful
This undoubtedly is the most difficult of my Prison Service. release from a long
farewell messages to pen, because you After retirement, Alan was able to and debilitating illness
will never comprehend its content, nor resume his enjoyment of travelling that he endured with
understand how truly I love and have and he and Mary visited many great fortitude and his
always loved you. In these last ten years countries on holidays and Alan was customary patience.
I have grown ever closer to you and that always in great demand to talk about When he first became
in itself has been a joy for me. their experiences. Golf was one of his ill, and whilst he could still write, he
You truly are ‘duine le Dia’ - many hobbies and he was Captain of produced the following ‘pen-portrait’ of
a person with God’... Springhead GC in 1977. himself:
...I know that you will be perfect at home He also was a past Secretary of the “George Friendship is a Cornishman,
in heaven. I pray that God and His Holy local bowling club and played bridge whose father was also a Catenian. Born
Mother will hold you and your mother safe. and chess. 1939, he was educated at Chaddesley
To my wonderful, rascally and truly loved In the last few years of his life his Corbett, Worcestershire, and at Downside
son Robbie ‘Sian, beannacht agus mo activities were reduced because he School, Bath. He first spent just over a
gra go deo - farewell, my blessing and developed macular degeneration and was year as a Benedictine monk and when
my love forever.’ unable to drive. He remained as jocular as sacked from the Abbey, became a regular
May God protect you always.” ever and there was always someone who soldier for 25 years, serving overseas in
Brendan is survived by his wife Claire, was willing to transport him wherever he Malta and three times in Germany. In 1983
his five children and three grandchildren, wanted to go. believing that it was time to grow up and
to whom we extend our prayers and Alan joined Hull Circle in November do something more worthwhile, he
sympathy. He is greatly missed by 1977 and within a short time he was became a schoolmaster and a
them, by the members of his Circle and elected Secretary. He was so efficient housemaster at Ratcliffe College, finally as
by the many other people whose lives that he remained in the post for 10 years, Head of the Junior School. He taught
he touched. even though the role was more religious studies, history, and theology and
May he rest in peace demanding then because there were no was the colonel commanding the Ratcliffe
personal computers and no emails. College Combined Cadet Force. Joining
ALAN BARNSLEY In those 10 years Alan very rarely the Catenians in 1984, he was at some
missed a circle meeting and remained a time Circle Secretary, President in 1990/1
very active member until he died. Just a and later Provincial Secretary and
writes: Brothers of
month before his death he was as Provincial President in 1996/7. Married to
Hull Circle were
articulate and humorous as ever in his Jane, they live in Rearsby although their
saddened to hear
own inimitable way as master of son and two daughters are long flown the
of the sudden
ceremonies at the Annual Dinner Dance, nest. They have two grandchildren.
death of Alan
a role he had carried out for 30 years. Interests: Season ticket at Tigers, WW1
Barnsley, aged 85,
For a similar period he and his wife Mary enthusiast. Francophile, ecumenism.
when having lunch
set up the tombola stalls, sold tickets and George’s funeral Mass, at Ratcliffe
at a pub after
gave out prizes at dinner dances and Big College, would have pleased him. He was
Band Nights. in the presence of his family, former
The church of Our Lady of Lourdes in colleagues at Ratcliffe College, members
with a group from his parish. He led an
Hessle was packed for Alan’s Requiem of the Rutland & Melton Cancer Support
extremely active life until God called him
Mass with family, friends, Catenians and Group, parishioners, villagers, and many
to his heavenly reward.
people from the many societies in which Catenian friends. Inside the coffin was his
He was a devout Catholic, a true
Alan had been involved. Alan’s son Martyn crucifix, presented to him as a monk, and
gentleman, was well liked by everyone
delivered a touching and highly amusing on top was a bouquet of flowers in the
with whom he came in contact and was
eulogy which illustrated many of Alan’s colours of Leicester Tigers.
an inspiration to family, school children,
attributes. The opening prayer was said by the Rev
staff and colleagues.
Lorna Brabin-Smith (Vicar of Rearsby), the
He was born in Newcastle on 14th All three children were taught at
reading by his friend, the Anglican vicar of
March 1925, the oldest of three children. St Thomas More School and Alan put into
Syston, Mass was said by Fr Tony Furlong
He joined the Merchant Navy when he practice his principle of fairness by
- a former colleague at Ratcliffe. Psalm 23
was 16 and travelled to most parts of treating them as all the other children so
was sung to the theme tune of ‘The Vicar
the world. much so that he asked Martyn for a ‘sick
of Dibley’. George had a high sense of
When he was 25 he decided to get note’ even though he knew he had been
duty and honour. He did things properly;
a job ‘ashore’ and successfully applied off school ill!
he made a difference.
for a teaching post at Welton High Alan will be missed greatly by family,
The next time you enjoy a fine curry,
School in Hull where he remained for friends and Catenian Brothers and our
particularly if it is accompanied by a good
18 years. sympathies go to his loving wife Mary,
pint of bitter (George was particularly partial
He left in 1968 to become Deputy his children, in-laws, grandchildren,
to Wells’s Bombardier) give a thought to
Head at St Thomas More Junior High great-grandchildren and the rest of his
George, and his family and his friends.
School and then Head in 1980 and family.
They miss him.
retired in 1987. May he rest in peace May he rest in peace
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