‘A dedicated parish priest’

Father Matthew Dwyer, former parish priest at St Joseph's RC Church, Brighouse, who has died aged 86

Father Matthew Dwyer, former parish priest at St Joseph's RC Church, Brighouse, who has died aged 86

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FATHER Matthew Dwyer who was parish priest of St Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, Brighouse, has died at the age of 86.

Father Dwyer arrived in Brighouse from Thornton, Bradford, where he had been parish priest for ten years. He was brought up in County Limerick and was ordained at All Hallows’ College, Dublin, in 1957.

He was curate at Christ The King Church, Bramley, Leeds, for four years, at Holy Family Church, Amley, Leeds, for four years, at St Joseph’s, Keighley, for three years and St Augustine’s Leeds, for three years, before becoming parish priest at Thornton.

He moved to Brighouse in October 1981 and stayed until January 1995 when he retired due to ill health after undergoing major heart surgery years earlier.

His friend Donald Gillespie, said: “He was a very dedicated man and highly regarded. He had a wonderful memory. He could remember everyone in his parish and their families which was remarkable.

“He wasn’t over domesticated and he needed a hand when he his caretaker was away. He was a good man with his heart always in the right place.”

A mass will be held at Mount St Joseph’s Home, Leeds, where he died, at 5pm today. He will be received into St Joseph’s Church, Brighouse, at 8pm.

A requiem mass will be held tomorrow - December 30 - at 11am followed by interment at Brighouse Cemetery.