(Photo credits: bottom centre, Bohernabreena Co Dublin -Robbie Dempsey. All others, St. Mary's Cemetery, Kensal Rise, London - Tony Smyth)

The lives of all 'Pelicans' have been affected
by a great number of outstanding human beings,
a small number of which are included below.

If you know the surname of the person you are looking for, click below on the initial letter


Please pray for Pelicans, family members and friends who have died.

"Let us not hesitate to help those who have
died and to offer our prayers for them" 
St John Chrysostom, Catechism of the Catholic Church 1032.

Obituaries of all departed members of The Society of Missionaries of Africa may be found at https://mafrome.org/category/necrology/they-preceded-us-mafr/








The White Fathers' Burial Plot
at Kensal Rise, West London
St Mary's RC Cemetery
679-681, Harrow Rd, London. NW10 5NY
The White Fathers' Burial Plot
Bohernabrena cemetery
Paul Sinclair Ashby  
Brother Aubert  
Fr. Pierre Aucoin M.Afr  
Kerry Bagshaw  
Fr Vincent Bailey  
Fr Francis Ball  
Fr James Barry  
Brother Peter Biewer (Brother Aelred - brother of Derek Biewer)
Charlie Bingham  
Brother Bernard Black (Bro Amadeus)  
Tony Bleasdale  
Mary Bliss  
Michael Bolan  
Fr Patrick Boyd  
Fr Joseph Bouniol  
Martin Boylan  
John Bowman No photo
Fr Joseph Brankin  
Mrs June Briveau  
Fr James (Seamus) Browne  
Fr William Burridge  
Fr Gerard Burton  
John Byrne  
Fr Richard Cantwell  
Vincent Callaghan  
Fr Francis Carey  
Leo Clancy  
Verna Burdett-Clark  
Fr John Conway  
Fr Tom Conway  
Fr Francis Dickson  
Fr Pat Donnelly  
Fr Bernard Duffy  
Fr Alex Easton  
Fr George Elrington OP  
Fr Pierce English  
Fr. Patrick ('Fitz') FitzGerald  
Desmond Fitzmaurice  
Fr James (Jim) Fitzpatrick  
Fr Alan Fudge  
Brian Garvey  
Fr.Michel GraĆ«ff  
Bud Greene  
Fr Anthony Hames  
Fr. Paul Hannon  
Fr Alf Harrison  
Adrian Hastings Theologian
Mr 'Ted' Heath  
Fr Herb Herrity  
Patrick Holmes 15.12.2015
Bishop J Holmes-Siedle  
Fr Patrick Houlihan  
Archbishop Arthur Hughes  
Christine Hughes  
Peter Jennings  
Jimmy Johnston  
Abbot Cuthbert (Peter) Johnson  
Fr. Bernard Joinet M.Afr.  
Brother James Kennedy  
Archbishop Joseph Kiwanuka  
Fr Piet Kramer  
Fr. Dick Kinlen  
Fr. Peter Kelly  
Fr. Stanley Lea  
Br Eugene Leonard  
Fr Liam Ludden  
Fr. John Lynch  
Fr William Lynch  
Eugene MacBride Co-founder of The Pelicans
Zelda MacBride  
Mrs Ella Mack  
Francis Mackle Brother of Tommy Mackle
Fr Bernard Mangematin  
Bill Mathews  
Arthur McBryan  
Bishop Owen McCoy  
Ludge McGovern  
Fr Tom McIllveney  
Tom McKeith  
Fr Tom McKenna  
Peter McKenzie  
Charlie McLaren  
Fr John McNulty  
Seamus McShane Dates needed
Carlos A Medina  
Bro John Mennie  
Sister Mildred WS  
Fr. John Millane  
Fr John Miller  
Bro Modeste  
Fr Hugh Monaghan  
Fr Paul Moody  
Andrew Mooney  
Fr John Morrissey  
Fr Henry Moreton  
Andrew Murphy  
Br John Murphy  
Br Timothy Murphy  


Fr Albert Nyssens  
Fr Christopher O'Doherty  
Fr John O'Donohue  
Fr Thomas O'Donnell  
Brother John Ogilvie  
Fr Kevin O'Mahoney  
The Priory Graves  
Brother Paddy  
Thomas Quirke  

Andrew Rampling
Fr Tom Rathe  
Fr Hugh Regan  
Mrs Victoria Rose  


Fr John Sandom  
Fr Hans Schrenk  
Fr Gerard F Scriven Author of the WOPSY books.
Fr Jaak Seynaeve  
Fr Patrick Shanahan  
Fr Dan Sherry  
Sister St Patrick  
Fr Adrian Smith  
Fr James Smith  
Patrick Southall St Columba's 1954-56
The Priory 1956 - 58
Fr Piet van Spaandonk  
Margaret Strain  
Fr. Gerald Stones M.Afr  
Fr Geoffrey Sweeney  
Fr Gerry Taylor  
Fr Alan Thompson  
Fr James Tolmie  
Fr Godfrey (Francis) Tortoleno  
Fr Peter Travers  
Fr Thomas Tryers  
Fr Peter Walters  
Fr Jimmy Wallace  
Bishop Francis Walsh  
Bro Kentigern Walsh  
Sister Mary of Walsingham  
Paul West  (Founder of 'The Pelicans' website)  
Fr Kevin Wiseman  
Gerry Wynne  
The White Fathers' Burial Plot
at Kensal Rise, West London
St Mary's RC Cemetery
679-681, Harrow Rd, London. NW10 5NY

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St Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Kensal Rise, London, is the last resting place of many of the White Fathers you may have known.

If you wish to visit the graveyard, it is probably best to go by public transport. The nearest London Underground stations are Kensal Green on the Bakerloo Line and Ladbroke Grove on the Hammersmith and City Line. The cemetery is also served by buses 18, 23, 52, 70, 295 and 316. However, cars are allowed within the cemetery and you can drive along the pathways that skirt the graves. Parking on this thoroughfare also seems to be acceptable.

There is an office attached to the Chapel of Rest (near the entrance) where enquiries can be made as to the whereabouts of individual graves (tel : 020 8969 0152) — though it may not be open on weekends.

The White Fathers have their own plot, parallel to the railway line. On the occasion that I visited, only one, unmarked grave was evident. It would appear that individual graves are somewhere near to the railway siding.

Below are photos of the memorial plaques that confront you as you enter the plot. As you will see, these also list some of the priests who are buried elsewhere.

(source : Paul West)

(source : Paul West)

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The White Fathers' Burial Plot at Bohernabrena cemetery

(source : John Byrne)

(Source: Robbie Dempsey)

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Francis Mackle

(Priory 1945-48, Broome Hall 1948-50, ‘sHeerenberg 50-51)”

Tommy Mackle writes about his brother Francis (June 4th 2009)

I hadn't realised that Francis was part of the first post-war intake but thinking on dates I suppose he must have been. He was at the Priory from 1945 to 1948, being Captain in his last year before going to Philosophy at Broome Hall. I suppose it was in his last year that he also played the Mikado in that year's production. You are bringing back memories to me. I know he was in the football first XI. Thinking on Peter Finn's book, it was probably the only team at that time. I believe he played full back and his motto was "they shall not pass". He backed this up with his favourite move which was a "sliding tackle" where he made a dive along the ground feet first and either got the man or the ball.

Fr. Andy Murphy on one occasion was heard to remark that "Mackle was nothing but a bloody big two-footed tank".

He had a good send-off. His eldest son Joseph celebrated the Requiem Mass which was very well attended by local parishioners. There were 16 Priests on the Sanctuary, as well as some in the congregation, and the final tribute was delivered by His Grace Mario Joseph Conti Archbishop of Glasgow who also conducted the Final Commendation and Farewell. All in all something he could be proud of.

I digress. Yes, I would be honoured if you would add his name to the start of the Obituaries section.

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Jon-Marc Creaney

Born: April 29, 1971; Died: November 6, 2011.

Jon-Marc Creaney, who has died of cancer aged 40, was a passionate and ambitious architect who ran his own firm in Lanarkshire and was a prominent member in a number of professional organisations.

Known to his friends and family as Jonny, he was born and brought up in Cumbernauld as the third of four children to Eric and Patricia Creaney, who were both teachers.

He was educated at St Mary’s Primary and Our Lady’s High in Cumbernauld, and left determined to pursue a career in architecture. Not having the necessary qualifications for a traditional degree course, he opted instead to study building design engineering at Strathclyde University and was also offered a post working part-time in North Lanarkshire council’s architecture department.

In 1992, having achieved the qualifications he needed, he enrolled as a part-time student of architecture at Glasgow’s prestigious School of Art while also holding down a now full-time post at the council. He graduated in 1999 and was awarded the Joe Park Award for most outstanding part-time student. The following year, having become tired of the lack of creativity available in local authority projects, he joined private architecture firm, Gerry Connelly Architects in Coatbridge – a move that would define his career.

The turning point came in 2003 when the firm faced collapse after a major client failed to pay for work, prompting the senior architect to abandon the office, taking most of the staff with him. Then 32, he declined to join them, deciding to take on and run the firm himself. The risk paid off. Through hard work and determination, he turned GCA around and within six months it was generating enough business to employ a staff of eight.

The decision underlined both his love of a challenge and sense of loyalty to his boss, the firm’s semi-retired founder, Gerry Connelly.

In an interview last year, shortly before he fell ill, he said one of the most rewarding projects of his career was the construction of a new children’s home in his hometown of Cumbernauld.

He said: “I was in the Meadowside children’s house just after it was completed and the kids that would live there came in to see it for the first time. They were jumping up and down and screaming they were so excited. I had a smile on my face for the rest of the day after that.”

He was an active member of the profession as convener of the education committee of the Glasgow Institute of Architects (GIA) and vice-chairman of the Lanarkshire Business Group, which he had been due to take over as chairman.

As well as architecture, he was a keen photographer and hill-climber who enjoyed travelling, music and socialising with his friends.

Jo Woodward, an interior designer and close friend, said: “He was a lovely, easy-going person – always smiling. He was a great friend to me in my work. He was not afraid to voice his opinion and stand up for what he believed in. He had a great passion for what he did, it wasn’t just about the salary.”

He recorded his battle with cancer in an online blog, describing poignantly how he had felt ill for the first time while eating Christmas dinner at his parents’ house last year. He was diagnosed in February and died at the Marie Curie hospice in Glasgow earlier this month. A memorial service was held at Holytown Crematorium. He is survived by his partner Julie, parents Eric and Patricia, sister Mary-Jo, and brothers Stephen and Hugh.

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