The Catenian Association Province 3 (North)

Bernard Frost

- 20th January 2020

Brothers of Harrogate and Wetherby Circles and from across Province 3 celebrated the long and full life of Bernard William Frost at his Requiem Mass at St Joseph’s Harrogate together with a church full of family, friends, former colleagues and fellow parishioners.

Born in Putney in September 1929 Bernard was to be the elder son of Monica and William Frost. As a schoolboy in London he was evacuated to Ireland during the war with his mother and younger brother Michael. On leaving school Bernard started work for the Railways until his National Service in the RAF took him to Egypt. On his return Bernard began his training in Accountancy, first in the offices of St Thomas’ Hospital and then at various London Councils becoming a Chartered Municipal Treasurer.

Bernard met his wife to be, Iris, at Charlie Mack’s, the place for single Catholics in London to go at that time. After courting for 18 months they were married at The Church of the Good Shepherd in Downham, Bromley in 1959. Their first child, Christine, was born in 1963 but was to live only 2 days before returning to God. Teresa was born a year later, and Helen completed the family in 1967, by which time the family had moved to High Wycombe as Bernard progressed his career. When in 1974 Bernard began a new job working for The Yorkshire Water Board, Rivers Division they moved north making their home in Wetherby becoming solid members of the community and Parish of St Joseph’s Wetherby.

Taking early retirement in 1982 at the age of just 53 Bernard put his professional background towards the outworking of his Catholic faith. As well as being a School Governor, he joined the fundraising team to build a new Catholic Church in Wetherby. Fr Dennis Connor OMI, the Parish Priest of the time wrote ‘Bernard with many others in Wetherby did trojan work for the building of the new church.  I can’t thank them all enough’. Canon John Nunan, the current Parish Priest also wrote to say how much Bernard meant to the Parish he was so much a part of. The new St Joseph’s Wetherby opened in 1986. Whenever you pass through the town you will see the Church standing testimony to Bernard’s calling.

Bernard joined the Catenians in Wetherby Circle in 1984 and served with distinction, first as Treasurer; then President 1991-92, Secretary from 2001-2005 and again in 2009-2010; in his later years he acted as Circle Auditor. On moving to Harrogate to support his daughter and granddaughters, Rebecca and Claire, he transferred to Harrogate Circle, where he continued to be an active member and a frequent visitor to other Circles.

Bernard and Iris shared a long and happy retirement together living a life of faith, family and friendship, until on Monday 20th January when he became ill and was admitted to Harrogate Hospital that afternoon. The following day he received the rites of the Church, but it still came as a shock that evening whilst chatting with two Catenian friends, he died unexpectedly, though peacefully mid-sentence.

Farewell, dear friend, pray that we may merrily meet in heaven.


John Swale

- 4 May 2018

John Swale, the Founder President of Wharfedale Circle, was physically a big man and had a character to match. A man of strong conviction, he held firm opinions on most subjects but especially politics, economics, education and religion, and was not afraid to air them. His extensive and successful experience in the construction industry gave him an energetic and practical edge and he approached Catenian matters in much the same way.

The successful inauguration of Wharfedale Circle on 12 June 2004 had as much to do with the drive and determination of John as it had with the planning and organization of the Membership Sub-Committee of Province 3 (North). Although John was a long-serving Brother of Leeds 3, having joined in 1983, he felt, like some others, that there was the potential for a Circle in the Otley-Ilkley area of West Yorkshire. John remained a Brother of Wharfedale and a member of the Association until his death on 4 May 2018.

John's straight talking, and plain dealing concealed a huge generosity of spirit. He was a dependable and loyal friend to those who knew him well and he was a sympathetic and understanding counsellor and mentor. He willingly spent time with those Brothers who called upon the business experience and wisdom he had accrued during the many years running his own company.

Over the years John employed many Irishmen and his stories of their plight, skill, loyalty and adventures were a mixture of great respect and humour and evidence of a genuine willingness to help. John had an anecdote about most of them. Outside Catenian business John contributed hugely to parish life in Otley and Burley and to the Leeds diocesan annual pilgrimage to Lourdes where he acted as chief brancardier for many years. His faith was deep, prayerful and strong.

John was born in Otley in 1934. He was an only child and attended St Joseph's Primary School, Otley, where his mother was a teacher. From St Joseph's he transferred to St Michael's College, Leeds, then under the supervision of the Jesuits. John was very proud of his time at St Michael's and felt that he owed so much to the Jesuit educational charism. His interest in education persisted and in later life he became a governor of St Joseph's College, Bradford.

In 1956 John married Bernadette, a nurse who hailed from County Donegal. They had four daughters - Jane, Juliana, Bernadette and Joanne. The success of their children and grandchildren gave John and Bernadette the greatest pleasure and pride. The house in La Croix-Valmer, in the south of France, that John and Bernadette so skillfully converted, was for many years the family holiday home.

John bore his long illness bravely and was fortified by rites of the Church. It cannot have been easy for a man used to being so active and in control. He appreciated the visits and phone calls of his Brothers and remained interested in Catenian matters to the end.

Our deepest sympathy is extended to Bernadette and her family.


Pat O'Donnell

- 5th August 2013

Following his death on the 5th August 2013, the church of St Robert's Harrogate was filled to capacity on the 13th for the Requiem Mass of Pat O'Donnell of Harrogate Circle (29).

Born in Clydebank, Scotland, Pat spent his formative years there. On completion of National Service in the RAF, he returned to the Ministry of Defence serving in such exotic locations as Rosyth, Old Kilpatrick, Perth, Corsham, Chatham and finally, Harrogate. By a strange coincidence, every unit he served in has now closed down but he denied any responsibility. He had lived longer in England than in Scotland but you would never have known it by his accent.

He married May, almost literally the girl next door, in 1958 and they were blessed with three sons and a daughter and, in turn, with six grandchildren. Had he known how much enjoyment he would get from them, he would have had them first!

Active in parish life, he played golf badly and dabbled in genealogy. Pat was by nature a "doer" rather than a spectator so it was no surprise that he was co-opted onto Council not long after joining the Association in 1985 and subsequently served as Membership Officer, Treasurer, Vice and President and Provincial Councillor. He played a major role in helping to organise the last 5 annual Conferences in Harrogate, with prime responsibility for the Sunday Mass.

He was latterly the Circle Archivist and, as such, could usually be relied upon to advise on precedents. He was not averse to change of itself but believed it was vital to be aware of existing procedures before advocating change.


Frank Rowett

- 2013
Frank Rowett RIP

Frank Rowett was a lovely man. That phrase has been a recurring motif when I have asked friends to reminisce about Frank. A lovely man - warm, welcoming, witty and wise.

Frank was born in Leeds in 1930, a brother to Michael and Leo and to twin sister Eileen. He was remembered as a bright scholar at St Michael's college and continued his education at the Salesian college in Farnborough. He did his national service as a military policeman, mainly in Greece.

He then worked as a cinema manager first in Leeds, where he was delighted to meet Laurel and Hardy, then in Scarborough, where he provided John Barry (who went on to write the music for Bond films) with his first public performance.

He subsequently entered the catering trade, coping valiantly with a period across the Pennines in Lancashire and developing an appreciation for quality teas and coffee. At the age of 58 he was made redundant. This setback proved providential: Jess urged him to study and he did a course in marketing at Preston Polytechnic. In business studies and marketing he found his métier. He worked at the then York College of Further Education, his students achieving great successes, including marketing student of the year.

At an age when most people slow down, Frank became a lecturer in Manchester and later a home-based tutor for Leicester University and Cheltenham College. Rarely can "retirement" have been such a misnomer. He always kept up to date and was excited by new knowledge. Frank loved his work and spoke proudly about his students. In his last weeks at St Gemma's he was frustrated that he could not continue mentoring students and marking scripts.

But it is as a family man that Frank will be especially remembered. His family meant more to him than anything else. He met Jess at the Leeds College of Commerce and they married in 1953. This year would have been their diamond wedding anniversary. He thought the world of Jess - they were obviously deeply in love and they complemented each other perfectly. He could not have accomplished so much without Jess's help. He was utterly devoted to her.

He put heart and soul into their children: Catherine, Charles, Jane and Rachel, who reciprocated the love he showed them - particularly in his last illness. He glowed with pride whenever he mentioned his grandchildren: Edward, Sarah, Sam, Jack, Lizzie and Naomi. Jack's cricketing talent was a great source of pleasure to him.

Canon Nunan has described Frank's deep faith. He was a dedicated and fully committed Catholic, who held his faith calmly and practiced it quietly. His religion shaped his outlook and values. He welcomed visitors to this church with the broadest of smiles. He was a Reader and Eucharistic Minister and was instrumental in maintaining Masses at the chapel of St Leonard at Hazlewood Castle. He was alive to the needs of others and generous with his time, unobtrusively helping widows and others in need. He put others first; he gave much but expected little.

Frank enjoyed life in so many ways:
He loved orchestral music, particularly Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Haydn and Mahler.
He was a late convert to the calming effects of gardening and relished time at the gardens at Bressingham.
He looked forward to holidays in Southwold, Suffolk, a home from home.
His IT skills were prodigious.
He was a Catenian for 57 years. He loved being part of this social association of Catholic men, who share fellowship and faith, and are dedicated to Christian family life. His outstanding contribution is reflected in the number of Catenians here today. He was a member of Scarborough, York and Wetherby circles, being President of Wetherby four times. He was instrumental in reviving York Circle when numbers were thin and served as Provincial President with distinction.

Frank looked much younger than his years and had a youthful outlook. He communicated well with people from all age groups. His dress sense was distinguished and highly individual: he loved to sport colourful silk ties and striped jackets. He wanted a riot of colour at his funeral, rather than the customary black attire.

Frank pursued life with vigour until his last months. He bore his final illness with typical fortitude, courage and good humour. He spoke with enormous respect of all the staff at St Gemma's hospice - and they were clearly very fond of him.

Frank Rowett had the gift of inspiring affection and friendship. He was blessed with a warm heart. He lived a life of extra-ordinary quality. He had an unquenchable sense of fun. He was indeed a lovely man. His passing will leave a gap in our lives - but reflecting on his goodness may help to soften our grief.

May he rest in peace.

Graham Mulley, February 2013


Peter Whitford

- 1st January 2013
Peter Whitford RIP

Brother Peter Whitford, a founder member of Wharfedale Circle, died suddenly on the first day of 2013. The large number of family, friends, professional colleagues and Catenians who gathered for his requiem at St. Columba's, Pellon, was a fitting tribute to the great respect and high esteem in which Peter was held.

James Hagerty writes: Peter was born in Bradford on 31 December 1929 and attended St. Cuthbert's Primary School and St. Bede's Grammar School. Tall and angular, Peter was a great athlete and a very talented soccer player. In 1948, he began National Service with 1st battalion, the Manchester Regiment based in Berlin. There, so he said, he single-handedly ensured the success of the Berlin Airlift and prevented the escape of the Nazi war criminal Rudolf Hess from Spandau Prison. In 1950 Peter went to train as a Science and P.E. teacher at De La Salle College, Hopwood Hall, Manchester, and then returned to teach in his home city. Thereafter he taught with great success and distinction at St. Joseph's School, St. Bede's Grammar School, St. Blaise Secondary School and latterly, until his retirement, at St. George Middle School where he became Deputy Headteacher and eventually Headteacher. Wherever he worked, Peter left a generous legacy of achievement and strong memories of a Catholic colleague and a committed and popular teacher.

After the death of his wife Mary in 2001, Peter lived alone in Burley-in-Wharfedale and on the inauguration of Wharfedale Circle in June 2004, he became a founder member. There he found brotherhood among new friends and among those with whom he shared the strong Bradford and St. Bede's connection. Unknown to the Brothers and their families, he had rekindled a closer friendship and companionship with Pat Bastian whom he had first met at a parish youth club in 1950 and to the delight of their families and the Circle, they were married in July 2006. Peter went then to live with Pat in Halifax. As he had always done, Peter became active in parish affairs at St. Columba's and in his tribute Fr. Michael Mahady referred especially to the life and meaning which Peter, as a Reader, brought to the Liturgy of the Word.

Peter very much enjoyed the social side of Catenian life and his company was never less than lively and enjoyable. Of late, his appearances at Circle events were limited by holidays and cruises (on which he claimed he was compelled to go by Help the Aged), occasional ill health, and by the distance between Ilkley and Halifax.

Peter was a great family man. Over his last Christmas, he had, almost providentially, seen his five children, ten grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Their involvement at his requiem was a moving testimony to the love and affection in which he was held as paterfamilias. It was obvious at the requiem that he had the same effect on his family as he did on the Circle - friendly and sociable, slightly mischievous, always ready to see the funny side of life, yet ever available to offer kind assistance and sound advice.

He will be very sadly missed by his family and Pat's family and by the Brothers and families of the Wharfedale Circle.

May he rest in peace


Frank Stuart Elliott Hawkswell

- 27th May 2012
Stuart Hawkswell, Harrogate Circle

The Brothers of the Harrogate Circle were distressed to hear of the death of Stuart ,"Father of the Circle", on 27th May 2012. The following is taken almost verbatim from the moving and intimate eulogy delivered by Stuart's grandson, Andrew at his requiem Mass.

My Grandpa, Stuart Hawkswell, was born on April 28th 1926 into a Catholic farming family in North Deighton. Farming was to mould his life, although it was very different in those days. The farm on which he grew up with his sisters was worked by carthorses, and when his father went to the market, he went in a horse-drawn trap - a far cry from the tractors and Landrovers of today.

At Knaresborough Grammar School he had a close group of friends, with whom he kept in touch all his life. They did not like the school dinners so they used to book daily into the Copper Kettle, where they would have a 3 course lunch and a pot of tea for a shilling.

After finishing his studies, he started working full time on the family farm, which eventually passed to him, when his father needed his help during the second World War. He always had a love of engineering and technology, and in later life would often speak proudly of his work in mechanising the farm. I have been told that he had the first tractor in the village, and that other local farmers would seek his advice when some new piece of technology came along. He definitely passed that interest on to me, showing me the parts of a combine harvester when I was only a small child

Family was very important to Stuart throughout his life, and he cared very deeply for his family and friends. Of course, the person he loved the most in this world was his wife, Erika, my grandmother. They met when she was staying with the Swale family (Bernard was one of his sponsors). They were very happily married for 55 years. In his later years of disability, he appreciated everything that she did for him. Sometimes he'd say to me, with a twinkle in his eye, "You've got to do what you're told, in this house, you know." But he'd also say, normally when my grandmother wasn't around, "She's a grand lass, that one."

I am very lucky to have lived close enough that he was part of my life through my childhood. His qualities of gentleness, thoughtfulness and patience (traits amply manifest in his Catenian life) were truly exceptional.

Stuart was the longest serving member of the Harrogate Circle (and the last link with the founders). He joined the Circle in 1956 and his commitment was evidenced by the holding of four different Offices before assuming the Presidency in 1962/63. Both he and Erika particularly enjoyed the social outlet this provided. In his latter years, when indifferent health precluded his attendance at meetings, he was always keen to be kept abreast of Circle events and he always enjoyed the friendship of his fellow Brothers

Although Stuart loved Yorkshire, he also very much enjoyed visiting other parts of the country and of the world. After my grandparents retired to Harrogate they had the time to enjoy holidays to Europe where they often travelled to the Swiss and Austrian Alps. I went with them one summer when I was 14, and we saw the total solar eclipse. He also visited Cambridge a couple of times when I was there, once for my graduation, and he really enjoyed that.

In his later years, he lost his short-term memory, but this didn't really worry him. He tended to relive happy experiences from long ago. His mother had been an excellent pianist, and had often played the piece Rustle of Spring when he was a child. He smiled from ear to ear when my sister Clare played this same piece for him on his 86th birthday, just 6 weeks ago.

I would like to finish with a story that my cousin, Bernard, shared with me, about his last conversation with Stuart. Grandpa was sitting in his chair in the living room in his bungalow, and he very determinedly turned to Bernard and said something he really wanted to say. And this was: "I have had a good life, all my life."

And that's true, he did indeed.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Erika, her daughter Rosemary and her grandchildren Andrew, Clare and Ruth Emily.

May he rest in peace


John George

- 20th May 2012
John George, Ampleforth Circle

Brother John George An Appreciation

John had a happy childhood in London with his two brothers, Tim and Peter which, like so many others, was interrupted in 1939 by the outbreak of war when he was sent up to Gilling Castle, and later on to Ampleforth. Holidays were spent in various rented houses wherever his father was then posted. After that came National Service, a short period in the City of London followed by some years in the Film Industry.

In 1962 John went to work at the College of Arms (or Heralds College) in London. After some years at the College, with such high spots as Churchill's Funeral where he was Earl Marshal's Liaison with the Churchill Family, and serving as a Green Staff Officer at the Prince of Wales' Investiture at Caernarvon, John left the College and was appointed Garioch Pursuivant to the Countess of Mar, which position he held for some ten years.

John and I met while we were both working at the College of Arms and married in 1972. We realised in due course that he was unlikely to be appointed as an Officer at the College of Arms and in 1983 moved up to Edinburgh where, in 1985, John fulfilled a long-standing ambition being appointed Kintyre Pursuivant of Arms at the Lyon Court - the Scottish Heraldic Authority. We had 15 very happy and interesting years while John was able to pursue his love for heraldry, genealogy and ceremonial.

John was the first Catholic to be appointed a Scottish Officer of Arms since before the Reformation which, descending from a Scottish Recusant family, he very much appreciated. John's great loves of latter years were the Church, heraldry and genealogy. He very much looked on the latter two as supporting the concept of family and therefore, in many ways, the Church. John was able to use his position and contacts to be of assistance to Cardinal O'Brien, which the Cardinal acknowledged when he bestowed the Order of St Gregory the Great on John when we left Edinburgh.

He was also an active member of the Order of Malta (the Catholic, and original, Order of St John) until increasing age and infirmity made it impossible for him. John had many other interests including Light Opera and the stage, astronomy and graphology. His memory was excellent and I much regret that, over some forty odd years of married life I only managed to challenge him successfully on matters of fact a couple of times!

John was a man of great personal charm and courage, never better demonstrated than when he was diagnosed with terminal cancer last August. He never complained or lost courage; his faith was a great support and comfort to him to the end and here I must warmly thank Father Leo, both for his support of John over the last few months and of me over the arrangements for this requiem. I must also thank Fathers Adrian, Francis and Dominic of Ampleforth Abbey who came to see John and gave him support and comfort over his last few months.

It is because I was so proud of which John had achieved that I wanted to be the person to say these few works about him today; I shall miss him very much. He was a very kind, thoughtful and splendid man.

Margaret George

John died May 20th 2012


John Hopkins

- 30th November 2011

The Brothers of the City of Leeds Circle were deeply saddened to learn of the death of their oldest Brother on the 30th of November last (2011) at the age of 93. John Hopkins had been an exemplary Catholic, Christian gentleman, family man and Catenian throughout his long life. He succeeded in business, he succeeded in bringing relief to those who were in need or distress, he was an example of the ideal Parishioner and he was a loyal, proud and humble Catenian.

The writer first met John in the spring of 1970 when he responded to a small notice in the entrance to St. Theresa's church in Crossgates, Leeds, seeking recruits for the Catenian Association which had been placed there by John. In September, 1971- no fast-tracking in those days - when John was Circle President, the writer was enrolled as a Catenian. In September, 2011, we celebrated, he and I respectively, 60 and 40 years unbroken membership of the Catenians, and John was to receive his scroll from Grand President at his home in December. John would have been thrilled, but he was - probably never aware that the event had been arranged.

John was born the 19th of January, 1918, the eighth of ten children. His father died shortly after the First World War, the result of being gassed in that war. He attended St. Patrick's and St. Charles' schools, in east Leeds, which along with other schools at the time such St. Anthony's in Beeston and St. Joseph's in Hunslet, laid the educational foundations of a more prosperous and more visible Catholic presence in Leeds. John, in a quiet way, did far more than most to bring that presence to the city's life.

First, however, he had to establish himself, and this he did by learning the butchery trade whilst continuing his education at the Leeds College of Commerce. In 1939 the Second World War intervened, during which he served in the R.A.S.C. in North Africa and in Italy. Throughout the war he corresponded with Mary Lyons, whom he married in 1945, and, as Winston Churchill wrote in "My Early Life" of his marriage to Clemmie, "lived happily ever after". Mary and their two children along with John's strong Catholic faith formed the bedrock of what was to be a successful life in which John had the respect of everyone who came across him in his many activities.

In business, he became General Manager of his father-in-law's enterprise, Lyon's Dairies. When they were taken over by the substantial Leeds firm, Craven Dairies, he became General Manager there too, and remained in a senior role when that firm amalgamated with a number of other Yorkshire companies to form Associated Dairies. There are a number of accounts of precisely what happened next, but some recall that John and two colleagues were anxious to cut free, and that, when it was suggested that they should form a joint venture in the nascent super market business, John opted to go it alone, something he never regretted, and he bought premises not far from his home where he established an excellent grocery store along with a nearby off-licence. In this he was happy and he prospered until he retired in 1979 when he accepted an offer for his business which he could not refuse! His former colleagues at Associated Dairies opened the Queen's Supermarket in Castleford followed by a second, in a former cattle market close to John's "patch" in Leeds, and later changed their name to Asda! There were no regrets; however, if you were to visit John just after the Asda dividend cheque arrived, the eternal smile was a little broader and his eyes twinkled more brightly.

Business was only one part of an ever active life. He was constantly involved in Church activities, always out of the limelight, but hugely effective nevertheless. The number of private acts of charity are legion. He was a lifelong activist in the SVP, being appointed to the Central Council in 1973; he was a member of the small steering committee that turned a failing prep school, run by the Sisters of the Cross and Passion Order, into one of the earliest, and most prestigious hospices in the country; St. Gemma's in Leeds; he was a pillar, and wise member, of the Catholic Marriage Guidance Council. Some years ago he heard that some other city had a night-nursing service for those in need, so he lobbied and campaigned, if that is not too undignified a word for John's modus operandi, until such a service was established in Leeds. The circle of that initiative was completed when John himself was tended by a nurse of that service on the last night he spent in his own home before his final admission into hospital. In 1981, to his enormous delight and pride and the joy of all who knew him, he, along with his dear friend, the late John Cavadino, also a member of the City of Leeds Circle, was awarded the Bene Merenti by His Holiness Pope John Paul II.

Nor should it be thought that retirement meant the end of John's business life entirely. His soni Anthony had always been enthralled by circuses, and when the opportunity arose, he began working for a circus. After some years he got to the stage where he set about starting his own. He wisely turned to Dad for advice, the first bit being, "You haven't worked directly with animals, before you start your own business, you need that experience." The advice was taken, and in due course, together John and Anthony launched a circus. John enjoyed learning about another environment, and was so enthralled that unsuspecting visitors entering their living room were taken aback by the presence of an extremely lifelike tiger cub sitting by the hearth.

Into this rich mosaic of his life, John found room for a fully active membership of the Catenian Association. Inter alia officia, he did two terms as President of the Circle of which he was so fond and proud. What was so striking about his Catenianism was a most uncomplicated faith and an equally uncomplicated affection for other people. He had his principles, his beliefs firmly rooted in his being, but he was one of the least judgemental or censorious men you could meet. He didn't argue, but you could tell when he thought someone was talking rubbish by the wry smile on his lips and the extra twinkle in his eye. His strongest rebuke would be along the lines of, "I don't think that's a good idea." But somehow his view tended to prevail. He was never heard to speak ill of anyone; that which annoyed him most, at least on the surface, was shoplifting, and yet it wasn't the youngsters who stole who bore the brunt of his displeasure, but the adults bringing them up without proper guidance.

For some years prior to his death John had been seriously ill with heart problems and diabetes. Ten years or so ago he was confined to his chair or a wheelchair, and we all thought that his passing was close. Suddenly, whether it was a change in treatment or whatever, he was back on his feet and more alert than he had been for some time. This coincided with a deterioration in his beloved Mary's health, and especially in her eyesight. Now he was the one who could get about, in the home at least; it was an utterly unexpected development, but one which worked happily to the advantage of John and Mary. Sadly, it couldn't continue, and his stability worsened again and on November 30th he died. We all mourn a singular man, totally unassuming, endlessly Christian, who would have been surprised at the number of lives he had helped make better and we are all diminished by his death. May he rest in peace with the Lord.

M Lightfoot


Peter Jackson

1929 - 2011

Bro. Jeff Moat (Secretary Scarborough Circle) writes

Scarborough brothers were saddened by the death of Peter Jackson on 28th October 2011 in the Rambla Nursing Home, Scarborough, North Yorkshire. Born on 5th March 1929 Peter was a true Scarborian and a true Catholic, serving the Church and the community throughout his life.

He became a Catenian in 1969 and served as President of the Scarborough Circle three times and also was a very active Provincial Counsellor. He also served as a Foundation Governor at St. Augustine's Catholic High School, Scarborough for a number of years.

On the 10th January 1953 he married Margaret. They had three children to whom they were devoted. Tragically the youngest, Michael, was killed in an accident whilst still a young man. Their daughter Ann tells us that "although heartbroken after Michael's death they found strength in their unbending faith."

Together Peter and Margaret established 'Electrodec' and built up the business over many years to what it is today. David reminded us all at Peter's requiem that all who worked at Electrodec were and still are treated as one of the family. "Peter never actually retired" he said "He just slowly stopped coming into work."

In later years Peter looked after Margaret until his own health deteriorated and they could no longer cope at home. They both moved into the Rambla Nursing Home where they were well loved. Peter remained there until his death.

Both David and Ann recalled what wonderful times they and their children had experienced and all of us can recall the happy times we spent with Peter and his family.

Peter's life cannot be better expressed than by David and Ann's commendation, Super Dad, Super Granddad, Super Sparks to which I would add Super Catholic, Super Catenian.

May he Rest in Peace


Derek Byrne

- 20th April 2011
Derek Byrne RIP

The Brothers of the Leeds 3 Circle were saddened by the sudden death of Derek Byrne who died on April 20th 2011 aged 80.

Michael Bligh writes: the youngest of four sons, Derek was born in Bury, Lancashire in 1931 and educated at St. Joseph's School and then at Thornleigh College.

After graduating from university Derek did his National Service in the Army where he put his soccer skills to great use. As a member of the Army team he played alongside Bobby Charlton and Duncan Edwards. Apart from playing football he also found time to rise to Staff Sergeant, and in 1953, to marry Joan McCormack, his girlfriend from Bury.

Derek's big career move was to come to Leeds and work for Yorkshire Chemicals, where he quickly earned promotion; by the time he retired he was Group Board Director and C.E.O. of the Colour Division. He was honoured to be made President of the Association of Dyers and Colourists, a role which he and Joan enjoyed enormously.

Derek joined Leeds 3 in 1972 and quickly became a well liked and respected member of the circle, appreciated for his gentle humour and sound common sense.

He was Circle President in 1977/8 when he organised a weekend trip to Castlerigg Manor in Keswick for the brothers and their families, this proved to be such a great success that it became a circle fixture for over twenty years.

Golf and music were two of Derek's pastimes, but his real loves were his family and his faith. When the final diagnosis was made, Derek accepted his fate with outstanding courage and dignity, he was not interested in predictions and was prepared "to go when he was called".

His Requiem Mass took place at The Immaculate Heart of Mary Church where Derek was an active member, and was co-celebrated by Fr. Habron and his 'nephew' Fr. Daly (the son of Derek's best man).

It was a great tribute to Derek to see so many family and friends at the service. Derek will be sadly missed by Joan and his children Julie and Nick, his son-in-law Peter, his cherished grandchildren and all who knew him.

Leeds 3 Circle will be diminished by his passing.

May he rest in peace.