Sunday, 9 March 2014

Pray for Three Recently Deceased Priests

Please pray for  Mgr Canon Jeffrey Hadyn Scott, Fr Tom Mulvey and Fr Kevin Gaskin who all died recently. Their obituaries appear below:

Mgr Canon Jeff in Canonical robes
Mgr Canon Jeffrey Scott was born in Leeds, Yorkshire on 17th January 1945. He put his conversion down to a visit to Notre Dame in Paris. Fr Ken McCarthy who was Parish Priest of Langley Green instructed and received him as a Catholic and said that bound up with this was a calling to Priesthood. Ordination to Priesthood was on 31st May 1945, this was followed by studies in Canon Law, Ottawa where he gained the LCL and MCL. These he put to good use in the Matrimonial Tribunal as Judicial Vicar and also in lecturing at the Seminary. With his sharp mind and head for figures he served as Chairman of the Diocesan Finance Committee, a Trustee and other positions assisting the Bishop. Parishioners in Woodingdean, Preston Park, Keymer and Arundel and Knaphill remember him as a kindly, supportive and direct person who loved a meal in good company. What characterised Fr Jeff was his love of dogs – to start with naming them after Popes – Ben, Leo and then Holly, Merlin and Tom the Jack Russell. In quieter moments his methodical streak found its outlet as a philatelist.

Over 9 years he bore his medical condition with courage going to the Lord on 3rd February 2014.

Fr Tom Mulvey was the first Diocesan Youth Service Director from 1964-1967, based at Bishop’s House, Hove and attending a Youth Work Course at Swansea University College. Born in Ireland on 8th January 1928 he trained at St John’s Seminary, Wonersh 1948-1954 serving as Curate in Stockwell, Burgess Hill, Sevenoaks and Hove. He was Parish Priest in Woodingdean, Eastbourne, St. Agnes, West Grinstead, Molesey, Angmering, Leatherhead and Newhaven before retiring to Ireland in 1999. At different stages of his priestly life Fr. Tom explored religious life and this searching explains why some of his appointments were for just two or three years. He retired to Castlepollard, Westmeath, dying there on 3rd February 2014. The Parish Priest of St Michael’s, Castlepollard, Fr. Patrick Moore, kept an eye on him and conducted his funeral.

Whilst at West Grinstead his devotion to St Sharbel Makhluf (Feastday 24th July) grew and his name was given to his retirement home. A quiet man with a disarming smile. (Sorry no photo currently available)

Fr Kevin onboard a beloved steam train
Fr Kevin Gaskin, a Brightonian in his younger days, was born on 12th April 1937, educated at the Xaverian College, Brighton and grew up at the entrance to the Patcham railway tunnel. This must have given him his enthusiasm for railways, one which on his 50th Anniversary of Ordination came to the zenith with a celebratory trip on the Bluebell Railway from Sheffield Park to East Grinstead. His Ordination to Priesthood took place in St Mary’s, Preston Park on 29th June 1962. He served as Curate in Dorking, Weybridge before becoming Parish Priest of St Anne’s, Banstead, Our Lady & St Peter, East Grinstead and The Sacred Heart, Wadhurst. In 1996 he underwent heart surgery in London and recovered to continue his priestly ministry in Wadhurst. One of his dreams came true with the extension of the Church, forming a meeting room and overflow space.

He retired to East Grinstead in 2012 but all too soon he was diagnosed with a condition which led to his death at St Raphael’s, Danehill on 5th March 2014.

Fr Kevin was known for membership of his support group, the Council of Priests and his gregarious nature with clergy and faithful alike. For many years he was the Spiritual Director of the Catholic Women’s League in the Diocese.

A much loved priest called all too soon to his heavenly reward.


May they all rest in peace

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